Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli
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KUNJO - 2009, India/USA

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Short - drama
Live/synth world music ensemble score
Featured performers: Gingger Shankar (Indian double-violin); composer (harmonium, percussion, electronics & production)

Written and directed by Indian-American filmmaker Terrie Samundra, Kunjo tells the story of a 12-year-old Rajasthani refugee in the Punjab who is placed at a crossroads between standing up for herself or submitting to her place of silence in society. In doing research into Rajastani music I came across a two-stringed violin called the “ravanhatta.” Terrie and I thought its raspy quality matched Kunjo's youthful audacity. I asked Indian double-violinist Gingger Shankar, known for her work on Passion of the Christ among other films, to perform my children's-fable themes in the ravanhatta style. Other regional instruments, such as tablas, harmonium (a small hand-pumped organ), and jaw harp provide lively accompaniment for this spunky character.

OFFICIAL SITE: www.kunjothefilm.com

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