Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Shadows Of His Hands Are Singing 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhaara'!

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I have been watching my friends and relatives making animal images in shadows, since my childhood.  Even I showed my children, shadows with fingers on our wall at home...dogs, fish and birds. Not more than that! But the video which I saw this morning made me dumbfounded. It will make you too!

If you know the song 'Mile sur mera tumhaara' and had seen the video since our Door Darshan time, you will enjoy this, better! Every picture in the video is shown in the shadows! The shadows are lip sinking with the song's lyrics! Amazing! If you are not familiar with the song, watch the video of the song first and then, this video.  It is the second one below this video. Now, let us see the singing shadows first!



The last image of the Four lions, the Emblem of India,  and the flying flag, brought tears in my eyes! Beautiful, aren't they?   The beautiful rabbit, the Goan with a hat, Balamurali Krishna singing with his hands moving, the mridangam artist playing, the Taj Mahal, the peacock, camel, elephants,  people on a boat, North East Indians dancing,  I can go on... The video shows the artist playing with his fingers. Needs 100% concentration for doing this, I am sure.

Now, watch the real song:



You know what I did while writing this post now? I opened two windows in my computer, one with the shadow video and another with the song video and watched both frame by frame! I love this song and am never bored of hearing this.  I had done a post on this earlier too (here).

I looked out for the name of the artist and got it! His name is Prahlad Acharya. (link). He hails from Udupi (Karnataka), MY home town!




He was interested in magic from his childhood and  learnt magic from Uday Jadugar,.  He learnt shadow play and other magics while travelling with him during his shows. The link says:

'Today, the 40-year-old has traveled across the globe, telling stories using shadows. He can perform the Panchatantra tales, Kannada folktales such as the story of Punyakoti, the holy cow who kept her word to a tiger by offering herself to it after she fed her calf.'

I came across another video of this artist,  which is also interesting (link)

Now, I came across the Wiki link of Prahlad Acharya! We can know more about him here.

He comes in my 'People whom I admire' list now!

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16 comments :

SG said...

Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful song.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Incredibly gifted artist and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. Yes the video did bring goose bumps. Thanks for sharing this Sandhya.

Swaram said...

Beautiful play of shadows Sandhya! Goose-bumps inducing :) Thanks for sharing, sharing it on FB :)

Sandhya said...

SG: This is an old patriotic song and very very famous esp. in just Door Darshan channel days. Thank you, SG!


RAMAKRISHNAN RAMANATHAN: Happy to know that you enjoyed the video. Yes, he is gifted.


SWARAM: Thank you, Swaram!

Rama Ananth said...

I always loved the original song, and this too is beautiful.
Shared it in FB.
Thanks for sharing it here with all of us.
Why this word verification, it is so irritating?

KParthasarathi said...

I have seen this video but got to know about the artist and the related song from your post.Thanks

Zephyr said...

Shadow play is one of my favourite arts. Remember teh lovely MP tourism ads? They were awesome. Mile sur...is a great song and so well done. And to make it into a shadow play is even more wonderful. Looking forward to more in this series, Sandhya!

Sandhya said...

RAMA ANANTH: I love this song and this is the original!

I don't know why word verification is coming. I seem to see only 'I am not a robot' in many blogs. Have to check.


K.PARTHASARATHY: Many people have seen the shadow video, but did not notice the lip sink etc. Unless you are familiar with the lyrics, you will not notice. So, I thought of posting the original song too!

Thank you, Partha Sir!


ZEPHYR: I love the song and the way this artist showed it in Shadow art. This is a unique art with lot of practice.

Onkar said...

Amazing.

Destination Infinity said...

Super talent. I have shared this video in Facebook. Of course, the song adds spice to the already delicious dish!

Destination Infinity

sharu said...

Hi, mami,
when I saw this forward first `, I just watched it for few secs and thinking that its like any other shadow I just closed it. But after reading your mail I watched it again and its really amazing and thank you so much for all the details..he is really great.. and also your info..

sharu said...

Hi, mami,
when I saw this forward first `, I just watched it for few secs and thinking that its like any other shadow I just closed it. But after reading your mail I watched it again and its really amazing and thank you so much for all the details..he is really great.. and also your info..

umsreflections said...

Love this song...can listen to it any number of times !! After you forwarded, this is the song on my mind :D :D

And great talent to showcase it all using shadows (y)

BK Chowla, said...

There was a time when this one almost was like the national song.
But,it's a pity,we will never find such lyrics and such music again in ages

Sandhya said...

ONKAR: Yes, Onkar!


DESTINATION INFINITY: Thank you, Rajesh! I posted the original song to people who are not familiar with the song and the video.


SHARU: Thank you, Sharada! When I noticed how the shadow images 'sang' I wanted to display the song/video too, so that everybody knows how good he is!


UMS REFLECTIONS: The song is a classic! All Indians will remember it forever. And the artist is great...he did it with so much passion. Did you notice it in his face?


BK CHOWLA: DD is playing this video often even now! And I keep humming the whole day, once I hear even a bit of the song! Catchy tune, lyrics...it is immortal!




Avada Kedavra said...

That video was brilliant. Loved it Sandhya. Thanks for sharing it.

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