This is a video presented at two levels. It is a film on the Indian peafowl shorn
of legend , folklore and mythology- a film on the live bird. It is also a film which
visualizes two prominent Hindustani raagas' Sarang' and 'Megh'.
â€˜Sarangâ€™ in Hindi, is a word which has multiple meanings, one of which is the peacock.
Some of the other meanings given in the dictionary are, sun, clouds, frogs, snakes
etc. All these form an integral part of the natural habitat of the peacock and form
the backdrop for the pea fowls featured in the film.
The peacock was declared Indiaâ€™s National Bird in 1963 but few, if any, films have
been devoted entirely to this magnificent bird.
- The peacock is a fine example of much that is Indian in idiom, music and rhythm.
- The film is a sensitive portrayal of the bird's relationship with nature, its habitat,
and its interface with the earthy village landscape.
- It is also a tribute to the music it lives and dances to, be it the classical ragas
or the clouds and the rain.
This 22 minute documentary examines the Indian peafowl from hatching to adulthood
through a story told by the camera. Peafowls are found in abundance in large green
stretches in many parts of Northern India. The film is the result of observing and
photographing pea fowls in their natural habitat for a period of over one and a
half years. Location shooting was done in the Deer Park and Tuglakabad Fort areas
of New Delhi.
See what the camera has to tell.
- Where do peahen incubate her eggs?
- What colours are there on a peachick?
- Do peahens eat snakes?
â€˜Sarangâ€™ is also a Hindustani raag. â€˜Vrindavani Sarangâ€™ is visualized in the courtship
dance of the peacock in the film. The soulful rendering on the violin was composed
by Joi Srivastava who also uses â€˜Meghâ€™ raag to visualize the rainy season.
Visualzing Hindustani raagas through paintings was a tradition in India in the 17th
and 18th century. The miniature painting schools of Pahari, Kangra, etc. specialized
in 'Ragmala Paintings'. Peacock figures appeared in many of these paintings accompanying
a woman, lovely in herself, but restless with longing. Peacock is used as a symbol
of the absent lover. The flowing rhythmical lines and simple unaffected naturalism
of these paintings are highlighted as a finale to the film.
VHS(PAL) cassettes and VCDs of the short film are being marketed by excelhomevidoes and are available in leading stores in India.
this video online.