As Guns & Guitars recently made its debut in the OTT platform MUBI India, it seems like a good time to revisit our sojourn in Shillong, the rock capital of India, during the shoot of the film.
I still remember my first (aborted) attempt to visit Sikkim – also known as the lone bother of the northeastern states of seven sisters – way back in 1996. We, a bunch of friends from across India, boarded a train from Guwahati on a cold night in the end of December with a plan of spending the New Year in Sikkim. But, ironically we had to return halfway as the railway connectivity to the NJP station – in the foothill of Sikkim – was cut off due to a blast by the insurgent…Continue reading “Lone brother of the seven sisters …”
[life is what happens to us when we are busy planning other things – said John Lennon. And that precisely what happened to us when the series on Guns & Guitars journey got derailed – or rather took a long halt on the way… But better late than never. We restart the journey here with a visit to the state of Assam…]Continue reading “The Things Which We Fail to Express in our Words…”
“Any policies, any programs, project (of the central govt.) we want to apply, we always get nullified because we don’t meet up with the population criteria. Are you indirectly propagating population explosion? In the line of carbon credit we too should get something called population credit, because we are controlling the population of the country – we are just 17 persons per square km” – the young Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) from Arunachal, Mr. Pasang Dorjee Sona, was telling me. Although generally I don’t have much to agree with politicians, here I didn’t have much option but to nod in agreement.Continue reading ““Restaurant/ Shop cum Petrol/Diesel Dealer””
“Every Naga can use a gun and everyone can also use a guitar” – says Dr. Nicky Kire, elected representative and the advisor to the Musical Task force, Nagaland. He was talking to us during our sojourn in beautiful Nagaland during the making of Guns and Guitars. Paradoxical although he may have sound, he was speaking the truth. After all we were in the land which has witnessed one of the oldest unsolved insurgency problems in the world. And it is also the only state of the country to have a wing of a ministry dedicated to music – viz., music task force.Continue reading “….And I started looking inward for the answer”
busy you were, of course!
ignorant, even to know
of your ignorance…
doesn’t matter really-
in your macro subsistence
the micro realities of existence!
but a gossamer wrap
around the flicker –
oh – to hide the glimmer!
too wise to remember
the eternal truth of
prelude to a Fire…
‘Guns & Guitars – musical travellogue’ is a journey into the Northeast India -land of seven sisters and one brother -to unveil how over the decades, her children have alternately taken up the Guns and the Guitars to vent their woes and carve their dreams…
Here’s the promo of ‘Guns & Guitars’
This is the start of my series of posts about this film. I am extremely excited to share with all of you how the journey so far has been and how the journey ahead would shape up as well.
Catch you all soon….