DVD Screening and Lecture by Amy Catlin

Thursday, April 27, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Schoenberg Music Building - Room B544

Presented by the World Music Center at UCLA, Department of Ethnomusicology, Herb Alpert School of Music

See below for additional information.


Free and open to the public.


(310) 825-5947



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"When Post-Modern Meets Archival: The Influence of a 'Bollywood' Film on an Operatic Scena, Juxtaposed with an Authentic Field Recording of a Wandering Jogi" Kinguri Vali - The Toyseller, is a Hindi scena for soprano, piano and violin created by India's eminent composer Vanraj Bhatia (1927-). The composition was inspired by a depiction of a wandering woman fiddle-player (kinguri vali) in a Hindi film of the 1950's.

An archival ethnographic recording of a mendicant jogi made in India in 1963 by UCLA ethnomusicologist Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy (1927-2009) is featured in this unpublished DVD of Kinguri Vali, as authored and sung by Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, accompanied brilliantly by pianist Joan Thompson, and violinist Larry Kohorn of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

English subtitles are included in the costumed and enacted performance, as well as translations of the jogi's poignant song, which warns Sita not to follow Rama into the woods. Vanraj Bhatia was recently honored at Mumbai's National Centre for Performing Arts for his prolific work as a composer of art-film scores, choral works, and "jingles" used in advertising.

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