Nambour Civic Centre Cinema - Songs of Mahulbani

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Director: Sekhar Das

History of civilisation imposed its supreme ego, pushing the culture of Nature to the brink. Mahulbanir Serengâ (Songs of Mahulbani) is a humble attempt to understand the borderline between the village and the city, the Urban and the Tribal in the mystic maze of the Forest.  It records the song of nature on celluloid.

This Bengali film is set in Mahulbani, (a fictitious name of a tribal village that actually exists under another name in West Bengal, India) and is based on a book of the same name.  It is a fiction but does not ignore the facts.  The storyline of Mahulbanir Sereng was taken from the novel written by Tapan Bandopadhyay based on his experiences as the Sub-Divisional Officer in Midnapur.

The film is narrated against the backdrop of the tribal movement in the Jharkhand region in the 1980s demanding an identity for the community and claiming statehood of their own.  It also documents the changing mood of a community in transition and the contradictions existing in different layers of that society.

Nature and art dominate the film's visual palette contributed by the production designer, Hiran Mitra, a noted painter.  The screen becomes a canvass, as the colours of the landscape reflect the communities' relationship and emotional bond with the land.  The seasons harmonise with the changing mood of an evolving community and the contradictions that exist within the societal layers.  The lives and loves of the village people, their tribal laws, festivities, songs, love of local brewed liquor, warmth and hospitality cocoon a torrid affair between married though childless, Saheli and the new village doctor.  The relationship triggers a series of events that transform the village forever.

There is a strong focus on traditional folk songs and dances to beautiful music composed by Chirodip Dasgupta. Apart from the six main actors the rest of the cast were all 'villagers', creating a very authentic cultural experience.

Film Title:  Songs of Mahulbani
When:    Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2008
Times to be advised
Rating:    (M) 2hr 40m
Country:   India

Nambour Civic Centre Cinema
Top Level Centenary Square, Currie Street, Nambour
Phone: 07 5475 7777
Fax: 07 5441 7400

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Membership entitlements include: 

*  Discounted tickets to every movie - adult tickets are normally $12, however when you show your membership card, you receive your ticket for $8.50

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