Chatkorichya Athawani

A Slice of Memory
See video
English (subtitled), 47 min, 2014, India

Bhalchandra (Appa Ajoba) and Kalindi Morje (Kaku Ajji), 90 and 83, are the oldest surviving members of the Morje family that settled in Vengurla in the 19th century. In an attempt to chronicle their lived histories in the Konkan coast, the filmmaker, also their grand niece, stumbles upon an ancestral history of her multicultural self.

Within blurry childhood memories of her maternal family and Vengurla, simmer questions of origin, belonging and home. As she begins to weave Appa’s handwritten account of his early life and times and Ajji’s recollections, she negotiates with her own experience of placelessness, only to find home in the sizzle of fried bangra (mackerel), warmth of triphala spices and luscious, golden Alphonsos.

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Ajay Norohna, Shweta Ghosh
Editing:
Shweta Ghosh
Sound:
Shweta Ghosh, Suresh Rajamani, Unny
Script: Shweta Ghosh, Voice Over: Padmabhushan Deshpande, Commissioning Editors: Anjali Monteiro & K. P. Jayasankar