This summer of 2016, Sameer Thakur was invited to share sounds of his Morchung in Yakutsk, Russia at, convincingly, the world’s largest festival celebrating the traditions of the mouth harp.
Ruchir Arun is a graduate from Film and Television Institute of India. He works as a freelancer filmmaker in Bombay. His Diploma film Mandrake! Mandrake!, won the national award for the best short fiction film in the year 2014. His 2nd short film 5 o’ clock accidents got a Special Jury Mention at the National Awards, 2015. These films along with others have been showcased in various film festivals across the world.
The film tries to piece together fractured memories of a village that was submerged by the Salaulim Dam over three decades ago, but which resurfaces annually for a few weeks during the summer – allowing its prior inhabitants to return to perform rituals, visit the graves of their ancestors, have picnics in the ruins of their homes, and remember what is lost.
Four poets, Scherezade Siobhan, Greg Bem, Kripi Grey and Priyal Mog will be presenting their work. A multi-disciplinary weaving of words, sounds and visuals will welcome you to experience worlds within worlds as they open their palms and let the menagerie of memory shine in silvered dark.
Psyman OChen, in three years he travelled from Australia to Africa without a flight, relying only on barter economy and hitch hikes. He will share his experiences of barter economy and volunteering with conservation efforts of local communities across three continents- Australia, Asia and Africa. He totalled 47,000 km (29,205 miles) from Melbourne, Australia to Eilat, Israel.
Rajat Nagpal will screen his films along with inspiring shorts of Bert Haanstra.
Sound Reasons is a festival for sound art and contemporary electronic music which takes place in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. With concerts, workshops, talks and Installations across various venues the focus this time is on live performances and sound installations.