Sense of Sound: Raised to 3

With the use of repetition, we have created a narrative of the journey, through the entry point of the building to the lifts. The intermittently occurring voice over personalizes the track as to what india bulls means to us.

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Personal Narratives

Manah:

Our soundtrack is a compilation of what India Bulls is for us. It is essentially the journey from the time we get out of the car to the Id scan in the lobby. However the constant repetition of the whistle is metaphorical to the discipline and routine associate the building with. The background murmur is of a teacher instructing us to discover a sound for ourself, this ironic approach adds a personal element to the direct connection we make with India bulls to ISDI.

Sanjana:

The loud, overlapping sounds project a noisy and busy environment. The feeling of always being in a hurry is another aspect projected through the soundtrack. There are two distinct sounds that are repetitive, which forms a hierarchy of sounds in the soundtrack itself. Overall, the soundtrack gives the feeling that the actions of the sounds are all taken in one place.

Kripa:

The repetitive sound of the whistle overpowers the entire track forming kind of a rhythm. The continuous whistle induces a fast pacing beat. With the addition of the female voice to the whistles it sounds as though a regime is being put into place. Along with these, there is a clanking sound that adds a calming more repetitive effect. What ties the entire track together is the end, because of it’s uniqueness and difference with relation to the other sounds, making it an appealing conclusion.


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Sacred and the Visual

Chola Bronze 

The Cholas were one of the longest ruling dynasties in the history of southern India form; they came into power in the late 9th century and stayed in power until the late 13th century. During this period art, literature and religion flourished. The Cholas were Hinduism believers and the rise of other religions didn’t shake their faith.

The Cholas were greatly known for their bronze sculptures. These sculptures were created so that they could be carried out of the temples and used daily in temple festivities and rituals. On many of these statues holes were found on the base, which were said to be used to carry them during the rituals. The sculptures would be heavily decorated with jewelry.

The Bronze sculpture I chose was the Shiva Nataraja, which can be found in The British Museum. It is also called “Dancing Shiva in a ring of fire”

 

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Hindus believe Shiva appears in this form at the end of the cosmic cycle and in the beginning of the next one and therefore associated with creation and destruction. Through the pose he seems to be peaceful yet in his dance pose yet in a ring of fire symbolizing destruction. Shiva is most likely preforming the tandava in this sculpture, his dance style. The figure seems to have a rather expressionless face, probably trying to strike a balance between the creative and destructive nature.

It’s said that in his wild hair that extends towards the sides during his dance, rests the goddess Ganga. Which is a personification of the holy river that was said to have streamed out of his hair showing him in the form of a creator. Along with the Ganga there are crescent moons in his hair, which as associated with his wild nature therefore his destructive form.

He also tramples over the Hindu mythological creature “Apasmara”, the dwarf of ignorance.

Ritualistic Dance 

In Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is said to maintain the cosmic cycle, of creation, preservation and dissolution. Tandava is lord Shiva’s sacred dance that fuels this cosmic cycle. While dancing this vigorous dance form he is called Nataraj, the Dancing God. Tandava depicts Nataraj’s violent nature as the destroyer of the universe. Along with symbolizing creation and destruction, the Tandava also shows the daily rhythm of birth and death. Some beilive that there are seven types of Tandavs, each performed with different emotions. Andnda Tandava depicts him enjoying, Rudra Tandava depicts his violent nature. However these are the main forms of the Tandava, the others include, Tripura Tandava, Sandhya Tandava, Samara Tandava, Kaali Tandava, Uma Tandava and Gauri Tandava.

The Tandava is the sacred dance- dram of southern India, performed to appease Lord Shiva and recognize the cosmic cycle. The Tandava has energetic and sharp movements making it an extremely hard dance to perform. Tandava is performed by Lord Shiva and in response to his vigorous dance, Parvati, his wife preforms the Lasya. Lasya is just the opposite of Tandava, with gentle and graceful movements. Its also sometimes called the feminine version of Tandava.

Film Review: In The Mood For Love

‘In the Mood for Love’, directed by Wong Kar-wai, is a film about love and loneliness. At a first glance, it seems to have a rather simple narrative about two neighbors whose spouses are having an affair and the neighbors finding comfort in one another, but as I looked deeper it seemed to have a number of narratives flowing through. Although the narrative wasn’t so complex, I feel the way it had been shot added a great deal of emotion and depth to the film.

In most movies the dialogues play the biggest role in conveying its message. However, in the case of ‘In the Mood for Love’, I felt like the dialogues had a minimal role and all the other elements and symbols of the film were much more evocative. These elements include sound, light, colour, setting, costume etc.

An element employed by the filmmaker that I found very unusual was the cutting of the scenes. The first few times it seemed as though it was an error but the continuous application of this pattern showed that it was intentional. After paying more attention to these abrupt endings, I came to realize that the scenes were cut only after the conversation was complete. I also noticed that many of the scenes were just spoken about and weren’t even shown in the film, which urged me to pay more attention. Through the film there were many scenes where only the voices of people were heard. For instance, the neighbors’ spouses’ faces weren’t seen at all and their presence in the movie was only indicated through their voice. So much so, through the movie the people that were physically present too, reduced and by the end of the film there were hardly four people left. According to me it was a symbol of the lonely path the protagonists, Mr. Chow and Mrs. Cheung were heading towards. The loneliness is foreshadowed throughout the movie with the dark allies, gloomy passages and the lack of people in the movie as a whole.

The shots in this film are either extremely tight and crammed or have immense physical depth. The crammed scenes are mostly the events that take place indoors and the scenes with depth are the outdoor ones like the ally Mr. Chow and Mrs. Cheung keep meeting in or the passage of the hotel. An interesting element added to the film is that you never know what time of the day it is or how much time has passed, despite them showing the clock on several occasions. The only way you know that time has passed is by the change of clothes as the entire movie is gloomy, or through the dialogues. Although time may be moving really fast, the movie over all was a little slow, which according to me created that sense of melancholy, making one feel for Mr. Chow and Mrs. Cheung. What also adds to the depressing feeling is the fact that there are only a few sets repeated, which makes the viewers pity the protagonists. It gives the sense of what an affair could do to a person; what’s left is just the same routine with the added loneliness. The filmmakers, also very subtlety put in symbols of loneliness which are sometimes hard to pick up and put into context, such as eating alone, coming home late and wearing dull clothes.

The scene I found the most cinematically interesting was when Mr. Chow and Mrs. Cheung reenact how they think the affair between their partners started. It’s the same scene that’s repeated twice, first when, Mr. Chow tries to court Mrs. Cheung and right after that the exact same scene when Mrs. Cheung tries to court Mr. Chow but no conclusion is arrived at and the scene just changes without any determination of what really happened. Another scene that fascinated me was when Mr. Chow and Mrs. Cheung play out what would happen if Mrs. Cheung confronted her husband, where Mr. Chow played the role of her husband.

I feel like this is a rather romantic story, which focuses so much on love and moral values. Mr. Chow and Mrs. Cheung, heartbroken, ponder over how their spouses started their affair and try to re enact it to understand what actually happened, but in the process start falling for each other but kept their distance. One of the strongest dialogues in this film is: “for us to do the same thing would mean we are no better than them”.

They restrained themselves from having an affair but still fell in love with each other. So, at a moral standpoint the question arises, did they still cheat on their marriage?

They did spend a lot of time together and they did make each other happy. For instance whenever Mr. Chow and Mrs. Cheung were together the clothes worn by Mrs. Cheung were always brighter and floral as compared to the greys she wore before. This contrast in colour signifies the happiness that’s in her life again. What also highlights the fact that they were truly in love is because of the sensual instrumental music that plays whenever they are together or when they are thinking about each other, which always happens to be at the same time. Through the film only 2 soundtracks are played; the instrumental one and a Spanish track and the repetition of the music enumerates the same emotion felt at those times.

Although this was a very confusing film with emotions all over the place, what left me stumped was the ending when Mrs. Cheung moves back to the apartment with a child. So who’s child was it? Her husband’s? Mr. Chow’s? Did she in fact have a physical relation with Mr. Chow? Who was she with now? What makes it even more heartbreaking was to see that Mr. Chow after all those years came to visit but Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chang could never meet and have their happily ever after.

Sense of Sight: 1

Leopard Print 

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Animal prints/skin are extremely controversial when it comes to the fashion industry. There are a number of preconceived notions that only vulgar and savage like people wear animal prints. In actuality our brains are said to be hardwired to perceive some animals as dangerous and therefore wearing that print/ skin conveys power to the wearer. Basically what animal print does, it portrays the wearer to be a threat therefore when men look at woman in animal prints they perceive them as threatening. The male instinct is such that they find threatening and fierce women sexy and therefore creating a lot more intrigue, which is why some people think that wearing animal print is rather slutty. This garment is a blend of threat and power, making a bold statement. The full dress isn’t in leopard print therefore isn’t completely overwhelming, but the panels of the print is enough to make it appropriately eye catching. Paired with black stilettos and a clutch would make it a perfect outfit for a girl’s night out with just the right amount of fierceness and sass. Some would see this garment as provocative because of the print but with the proper neckline and moderate hem it’s an over all success.

Passing Time

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We all know that time passes irrevocably. It is the one thing that cannot be undone or controlled. This picture, very appropriately shows the passing of time, ironically in a still shot. Such an image is generally achieved by altering the shutter speed of the lens, which means that it would capture a lot more movement, of course a steady hand is essential for a comprehensive photograph. On a first glance the theme of the photograph seems very obvious, the passing of time, but after further consideration one can realize it’s not only passing of time but also a take on the fast pacing life of people in the world today. This picture isn’t place pacific, as in you cant tell where its taken or even the nationally of the subjects therefore making this picture an over all general statement about the hustle and bustle of peoples lives in todays generation. The fact that this picture is in black and white makes one focus on the theme of the picture rather than get distracted by all the unnecessary colour. I feel that using black and white also reinforces the idea of something that is in the past, and talking about passing time in a photograph of a moment that has already passed seems to work together. The photograph at some places also looks like a paining, which I find, is very interesting. Intentional or not I feel like this photograph works as a piece of art with integrity.