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Leaving Home: The Life and Music of Indian Ocean - 2 Discs (EMI Virgin)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Verus Ferreira

Leaving Home: The Life and Music of Indian Ocean – 2 Discs (EMI Virgin)
Rs. 495/-
Directed By: 
Jaideep Varma

‘Leaving Home: The Life and Music of Indian Ocean’ made history in 2010 to become India’s first non – fiction film to release nationally in theaters. While the cinema version is 115 minutes, the DVD is surely a ‘longer trip’. The Collector’s edition of the DVD has 286 minutes of footage and illustrates a band that took the risks and survived.

The film rolls on the lives of the four band members, Sushmit Sen (guitar, vocals), Rahul Ram (bass guitar, vocals), Amit Kilam (drums, percussions) and Asheem Chakravarty (tabla, other percussions and vocals). It is segmented with interviews, family interviews, including each of their spouses, concert footage, rehearsals and people they have worked with. Each musician is documented separately from his beginnings in the band to the present day until the film was made. The band members also bring in ex band mates, who were part of the band. Uncut songs, additional songs, revealing moments, extra chapters, updated till late 2010….makes this a well rounded production with no cuts.

The film is set in an old 100 year old bungalow in Delhi’s Karol Bagh, a place where the band resided for many years. It is also their mini studio and location for most of the films live sound recordings. Live footage includes full length versions of the mega hits like Kandhisa, Village Damsel, Kaun, Badeh (from Black Friday), Jhini and Maa Rewa (a song written by Rahul for the Narmada Bachao Andolan) and lots more. The four pitch in on the vocals with practiced ease and move in and out with their instruments creating a free flow of vocals, a scat or just singing lyrics.

The film released on 2nd April 2010 to rave reviews, more than three months after the unfortunate death of the legendary tabla - vocalist Asheem Chakravarty (25th December 2009)  - to whom the film is now dedicated.  Years later Susmit Sen also departed, with Indian Ocean’s Amit and Rahul steering the band with a new line-up.

    — Verus Ferreira

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