The film IN RAJASTHAN is an intimate look at a disappearing culture in one of India’s most traditional states. It is the story of two families, one Hindu and one Muslim, living in an ancient village in the Thar Desert whose lives have been interwoven for thousands of years with the Rajputs, once their feudal lords and protectors. They speak candidly about marriage, their qualms about their spouses, the caste system, the dubious future of children exposed to the modern world, the afterlife, and the religious differences between them. Today, their traditional way of life is besieged, but their struggles with family, allegiance, religious conflict and death seem timeless.

a film by   KATHERINE KINGSLAND
storyteller  KABIR BEDI
director of photography  SARAVANAKUMAR
editor  SAM GREEN
music  ANDREW T. MACKAY
sound  KEVIN PINTO
  VEDANARAYANAN SUNDARESWARAN
technical assistants  PRAFULL DASH
  DEVENDRA SINGH

RAJASTHAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

In Rajasthan
Winner Best Documentary Film at the January 2018 Rajasthan International Film Festival in Jaipur, India.

 

 

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RED ROCK FILM FESTIVAL

In Rajasthan
Official selection at the November 2017 Red Rock Film Festival in Cedar City, Utah.
http://www.redrockfilmfestival.com

 

 

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INDIGO MOON FILM FESTIVAL

In Rajasthan
Official Selection at the October 2017 Indigo Moon Film Festival in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
www.indigomoonfilmfestival.com

 

 

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MIXING THE FILM AT SKYWALKER SOUND



Sound Editor and Designer Mac Smith mixes and assembles In Rajasthan at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California.
 
 
 
 
 
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RECORDING THE NARRATION AT OCTAVIUS STUDIOS


 
Legendary actor Kabir Bedi records the narration
with Recording Engineer Jainil Nayak at Octavius Studios in Mumbai, India.
Kabir Bedi is the storyteller who opens the film as he introduces the Hindu and Muslim families
and explains their relationship to the Hindu Rajputs who were once feudal lords and protectors of the region.
 
 
 
 
 
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ANIMATING THE OPEN AT BUNKO STUDIOS


The film opens with an ancient book animated at Bunko Studios in New York.
As the cover opens and the pages turn, the story unfolds.
 
 
 
 
 
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MASTERING THE CD AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS


 
Abbey Road Studios Mastering Engineer Christian Wright, Director Katherine Kingsland, and Composer Andrew T. Mackay at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Christian mastered the CD soundtrack, Katherine directed and produced the film, and Andrew wrote and produced the score.
 
 

 

 

 
Keith Pereira designed and rendered the three-sided CD jacket in Mumbai, India.
 
 
 
 
 
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INSTRUMENT TRACKING SESSIONS


 
Abhishek Khandelwal, Shantanu Hudlikar, Joshua Rodrigues and Andrew T. Mackay
during the music mix at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai, India.
 

 
Improv tracking session on the Dobro with Sanjoy Das and Andrew T. Mackay at Pulz Studio in Mumbai, India.

 
Swarlin tracking session with Iqbal Warsi at Pulz Studio in Mumbai, India.
 
 
 
 
 
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COMPOSING THE MUSIC


 
Composer Andrew T. Mackay scores In Rajasthan in Mumbai, India
and conducts a 30-piece orchestra in Skopje, Macedonia via Skype from 5000 km away in Mumbai.
 

 
In Skopje, Macedonia, the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra
performs “take one” of the first 36 seconds of the overture for In Rajasthan .
 
 
 
 
 
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KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISER

In Rajasthan selected as a Kickstarter Staff Pick!
 
 
 
 
 
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A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES

 
Technical Assistant Devendra Singh, DOP Saravanakumar and Director Katherine Kingsland film at an oasis in the Thar Desert.
 
 
Director Katherine Kingsland, DOP Saravanakumar and Soundman Kevin Pinto strategize in the courtyard of a Rajasthani Fort.
 

DOP Saravanakumar and Editor Sam Green film in the desert.
 

Technical Assistant Devendra Singh and DOP Saravanakumar film the opium ceremony.

 
 
 
 
 
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FILMING IN THE THAR DESERT


The film became the story of two families — one Hindu and one Muslim — from one of the ancient villages in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan
who suffered the blindness of cataracts, a fixture in the desert villages. Long ago, Rajput warriors protected the villagers from Mughal invaders.
But today, in a new and yet very old India, one Rajput performed a different and very modern service, not of war but of healing.
 
In making the film, the intention was to present a view of life in the Indian desert villages that discarded stereotypes, that marked an enduring if precarious culture without sentimentality, that presented the naked poverty of desert life without overlooking the dignity and noble grace of the people, but without romanticizing their poverty. And it was to focus on the religious tensions that persisted between Hindus and Muslims, and yet to explain their peaceful coexistence in the remotest villages.
 
We spent two dozen days filming the two families on several occasions and followed three generations of each family to give a fuller view of inter-familial relationships. In particular, the focus was the patriarchal system, arranged marriages and the options of young girls. During our first visit, the elders of each family had eye surgery. Going from blindness to sight was a miracle for them, living as they do in a world without anesthesia or antibiotics or ophthalmologists. Grateful to have their sight back, they invited us into their homes.
 
We interviewed them on-camera, but they were self-conscious, and the result was stilted and contrived. The following year we returned to see how the surgery had affected their lives and recorded conversations with them off-camera. Without the camera in their faces, they spoke freely and without artifice about life and death and about the tenacious religious suspicions they harbor, passed down from generation to generation.
 
 
 
 
 
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THE MEDICAL CAMP IN THE THAR DESERT OF RAJASTHAN

The Indian doctors treated many ailments in our tented medical camp in the desert, but the most profound results were with the people who had been rendered blind from cataracts. That relatively simple procedure gave the blind back — not only their sight — but their lives as they were once again able to contribute to their community. They thought we had performed miracles and opened their doors to us.
 
 
 
 
 
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THE STORY BEHIND THE FILM

Some years ago, I joined five Indian doctors on a medical mission
to isolated villages in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan.

Flying across the desert on indigenous Indian Marwari horses,
we brought modern medicine to people who had never before seen anyone from outside their village.
 
 
 
 
 
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Map of India

India map

Rajasthan, India’s largest and most traditional state, shares a border with Pakistan along the Indus River Valley.