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Conversations and Interviews

Conversation with Rahul

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[Rahul studying post graduation in Bangla Literature in Jadavpur University comes from a village in Burdwan located over 100 KMs from Kolkata. He is completely blind and depends on his aural and other senses  to travel in Kolkata. For him, Kolkata is a picture made of multifarious sounds, smells and touches, a map chiefly defined by sounds.] 

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Conversation with Manas Pal

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[Mr. Manas Pal, aged about 44, works as a mechanic in the on-going Metro Rail project in the Eastern Bypass. He comes from a village in Howrah district. He now resides in a rented flat at Salt Lake sharing it with his coworkers. We interviewed him in the casting yard located in Salt Lake where gigantic concrete structures were being made.He talked amidst loud machine sounds about his experiences of city sounds including shrill and deafening sounds of sand blasting and metal tearing of his work-sites. He also recollects rural sounds of his own village as a backdrop of his encounter of city sounds.]

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Conversation with Md. Akram and Irfan

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[Md. Akram and Irfan have come to Kolkata from Bihar, an adjacent state of West Bengal, situated over 600 km. away from Kolkata. They are two members of a fixed group who migrate to different parts of the country whenever they are called for doing heavy menial jobs. We met them in the casting yard of Kolkata Metro Rail project in Salt Lake. They were then shifting a heavy structure manually chanting rhythmic ‘bols’ intermittently to enhance their physical power. About such rhythmic chants which helped them to maximize their muscular strength they told us a strange story of its origin.]

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Conversation with Basudev Banerjee and Subir

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[Basudev Banerjee and Subir talk about their not-so-common profession as a ‘Horbola’, who mimic sounds as performers. They listen sounds in order to grasp them and reproduce them in their performances. The sounds often form small stories that they tell to their audience. In the early days of radio and films, ‘Harbolas’ played important roles to provide background sound ambiances, but now this profession is facing challenges from technology and an indifferent society.]

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Videos

 

Interview with Arun Nag


 

 

Interview with Professor Pratap Bandyopadhyay