King of Ghosts & Around India with a Movie Camera

14 Mar - 10 May 2019

A wonderful, charming double bill featuring live soundtrack performances by Soumik Datta with the City of London Sinfonia, Cormac Byrne and Bill Barclay.

A wonderful, charming double bill featuring live soundtrack performances by Soumik Datta with the City of London Sinfonia, Cormac Byrne and Bill Barclay.

Mar 14 2019
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May 11 2019

King of Ghosts is a live film score created by sarod star Soumik Datta, set to a specially edited projection of the classic 1969 Indian art house film Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen, by Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray. Indian sarod melodies weave with rich orchestral textures and pulsing percussion to create a beautiful, atmospheric soundscape while being transported by the black and white vintage fairytale.

King of Ghosts follows the magical journey of Goopy and Bagha who are granted three wishes by the benevolent yet terrifying King of Ghosts, will take you on a breathtaking and magical journey across rural India – a vintage superhero film at its best. It’s a cult offbeat classic.

Around India with a Movie Camera presents some of the earliest surviving film from India, as well as enchanting travelogues, intimate home movies and newsreels from British, French and Indian filmmakers, drawn exclusively from the BFI National Archive’s early film collection. Soumik Datta again provides a live soundtrack with percussionist Cormac Byrne and Bill Barclay on piano.

Taking in maharajas and viceroys, fakirs and farmhands, as well as personalities such as Sabu and Gandhi, this compilation by award-winning filmmaker Sandhya Suri explores not only the people and places of over 70 years ago but asks us to engage with broader themes of a shared history, shifting perspectives in the lead up to Indian independence and the ghosts of the past.

More dates TBC.