O Friend, This Waiting!

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English (subtitled), 33 min, 2012, India

Could a song be full of love, and yet banal and trifling? Such were the love songs written by a poet musician Kshetrayya, to be performed by the dancing courtesans at the royal courts of 17th century South India. His love songs, known as 'padams' became the most cherished of the devadasi's songs of love. Through the history these love songs, known as padams, the film 'O Friend, this Waiting!' constructs a possible social and cultural history of the devadasis. While visually the film dwells in the performative spaces of the 17th century temples and courts, the narrative explores the politics of modernism and marginalization that erased the devadasi from the collective public conscience.

Justin McCarthy, Sandhya Kumar
Creative Crew
Amit Mahanti
Sandhya Kumar
R. Elangovan
Vocalist: Sudha Raghuraman / Dancer: Bharathi Penneswaran
Awards and Screenings:

Screened at:
Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai 2014
International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 2013
‘Mudra’ Festvial of Classical Dance, National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, 2013
‘Erasing Borders’ Festival of Classical Dance, Indo-American Arts Council, New York, 2013
Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, 2012
National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore, 2012