Shiraz

01/01/1928
  |  Book Tickets: 01/01/1928
  |  140 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

A lavish depiction of the story behind the creation of the Taj Mahal, the woman who inspired it and the two men who loved her, accompanied by live, specially commissioned music from the Sabri Ensemble. Shiraz is one of an extraordinary trilogy of films by German director Franz Osten working in collaboration with Indian actor/producer Himansu Rai. Filmed entirely on location in India with a cast of thousands, this remarkable product of early Indian cinema went on to inspire a generation of film makers by its combination of documentary techniques and epic subject matter. This groundbreaking East/West partnership is echoed in the dynamic, cross-cultural score by Sarvar Sabri. Sabri leads the Sabri Ensemble in an exploration of melodic and rhythmic influences drawn from South Asian, Latin American, jazz and Western classical traditions. The line up of tabla, sarangi, violin, piano, vocals, bass, sitar, saxophone and flute combine to create a rich soundscape that seamlessly complements the original film, despite an eighty year gap in their conception.