#TamilNadu; #CelestialCulture; #Tradition; #DivineDances; #DivineMusicalDancers
Canadian-Media: The documentary ‘Divine Musical Dancers’ directed, produced, and written by Ken Kandiah from Canada reflects the ethereal culture of Tamil Nadu, in South India through the performances of a celebrated dance group from Tamil Nadu — comprising of 4 states namely Chennai, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh — in South India.
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This dance group performs with two musical instruments Nathan Nathanvaram and Melam. When played together they produce a most sanctified music Mandala Isai, which is part of the essential component of traditional festivals and ceremonies in South India.
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Generally used in celebrations and welcoming ceremonies, these performances are played in the procession of the day-to-day temple festivals and most commonly in wedding ceremonies.
These performances are based on the song produced by Lord Shiva who performs his immortal dance called the Shiva Tandava, which describes Shiva's power traditionally attributed to Ravana, the King of Lanka, who is considered to be a great devotee of Shiva.
Shiva Tandava Stotra. Image credit: Wallpaper Cave
The sounds of the ritual ceremonies by the farm musical instruments can be easily identified when theses are played together to produce the most sublime melodious tuneful quality.
Bharatanatyam, one of the oldest Indian classical dance originated in Tamil Nadu, depicted in this documentary is accompanied by the Karnataka music which is led by one of the females performing those dances.
The songs sung are known as Vallik Kanavan sung by Sudha Ragunathan, and Edayyagati Ð Koteeswarayer Ð Chalanata — Adi sung by E. Gaayathri.
The female performances also play Samboo. Their texts are in 5 languages, namely Malayalam; Tamil; Telugu; Kannada, and Sanskrit.
Bharatanatyam. Image credit: Wikipedia
The cinematography is done by Francesco Bori and the sound provided by David Moffat.
Post-production of this documentary is expected to be completed by Aug 1, 2021.
The expected release of this documentary is unknown.
#PearlInTheBlood; #FeatureFilm; #KenKandiah; #TamilNadu; #RapesAndKillings; #LawAndOrder
Toronto/Canadian-Media: Produced, directed, and written by Ken Kandiah, 'Pearl in the Blood' is a feature film based on true events of Srilankan civil war of 20o9 depicting a malignant society of numerous rapes, crimes and murders and was filmed in Tamil Nadu in 2019.
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A basketball player-turned-actor, Sampath Ram stars in the 'Pearl in the Blood' and reveals what it takes to play the bad guy in films, with constant fear that keeps him on his toes.
Sampathram. Image credit: http://sevenhillpictures.com
The film is produced by Sevenhill Pictures, a Canadian film & television production company, based in Toronto provides production services for independent filmmakers outside the major film studio system, distinguishable by the criteria of the quality of content, style and its artistic vision.
With an expertise to produce documentaries for television, international film festivals and for online distribution, Sevenhill Pictures specializes in producing on social, political, economic, religious, strategic, travel and international issues.
Having access to the network of researchers, journalists, academia, scholars, analysts, and media professionals, Sevenhill Pictures uses their expertise to produce documentary films, as well as films for human rights groups and non-profit organizations.
'Pearl in the Blood' shows the horrible crimes and shootings committed without any judgement and portrays the menace of rapes and then being shot dead. The film raises awareness of the loathing conditions prevailing in Tamil Nadu where the criminals just escape and not being punished. Many parents mourn for their whole lives about the loss of their beloved daughters, many husbands lose their tortured and raped wives. Any attempt on the part of the victims to save themselves result in their murder.
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Sevenhill Pictures has options to produce with considerably lower budgets for limited release for independent movie theaters, and for wide release.
Sevenhill Pictures also helps you to produce for screening at local, national, or international film festivals before distribution, and also provide you information regarding necessary funding and distribution
Independent producers, emerging documentary producers and human rights activists are invited by Sevenhill Pictures for co-production to work on projects of common interests here and overseas.
The film did not use live sound only used dubbing. Other actors in movie are kalpanasri and Godwin. The release date of the film has yet not been reported.
#TamilNadu; #DivineDancesInHeaven; Documentary; #KenKandiah
Toronto/Canadian-Media: Produced and Directed by Ken Kandiah, 'Divine Dancers in Heaven' is a documentary that showcases the dances of Tamil Nadu, in which the main singer relates a tale, interspersed with lively songs.
Divine Dancers in Heaven Documentary. Image credit: www.sevenhillpictures.com
Sevenhill Pictures, a Canadian film & television production company, based in Toronto, is responsible for producing this documentary under the directorship, and being produced by Ken Kandiah.
Sevenhill Pictures Production company also produces motion pictures, television dramas, documentaries, and web videos & video commercials.
Sevenhill Pictures is equipped with the state of the art technology from film cameras, professional lighting, sound recording system, editing machine, and computer graphics, and with a professional team, scriptwriters, production designers, directors, and video editors, etc. also provides production management services from scripting to final cut to first copy.
Considered as a cultural paradise, Tamil Nadu well known for several celebrated folk dances. Traditional dances in Tamil Nadu have long been a sacred expression of faith, some of which performed by Tribal people are still thriving in Tamil Nadu today. Many forms of group and individual dances with the classical forms for popularity and sheer entertainment value are also thriving in Tamil Nadu today.
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Some examples of popular dances of Tamil Nadu are Bagavatha Nadanam, Bommalattam or Puppet Show, Bharathanatyam (a world-renowned Classical Dance from Tamil Nadu), Chakkai Attam, Devaraattam, Kamandi or Kaman Pandigai, and many more.
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A Canadian producer, director, and writer, Ken Kandiah possesses not only excellent production skills but also award-winning direction skills with which he has written, produced, and directed some feature-length films and documentaries in English as well as Urdu/Hindi language.
Ken has been awarded the best director award for the International Feature Film Romeo Romances (Beneath the Skin - The Untold Story – previous name)’ at the New York International Indy Film &Video Festival in Las Vegas, U.S.A. (April 2002). ‘Romeo Romances also garnished the best Romantic Drama and the Best Foreign Feature Film awards.
After qualifying in filmmaking and direction programs from US and Canadian film schools, Ken participated in many filmmaking workshops and delivered lectures on direction and production.
The documentary 'Divine Dancers in Heaven' is in post-production and its release date has not yet been finalized.
Filmed in Sevenhill Pictures, based in Toronto, Ontario, Cinematography of the 'Divine Dancers in Heaven' has been provided by Francesco Bori, and sound provided by Dave Moffat.