Nari is the unsung story of the lives of Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter Viji, two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaborations with Ravi Shankar and Harrison. In Sanskrit, “Nari” means both “woman” and “sacrifice.” As two female artists who grew up in a patriarchal society and tried to establish themselves in a male-dominated field, Lakshmi and Viji fought to overcome numerous challenges in both their artistic and personal lives. Now that they’ve passed away, Viji’s daughter Gingger has decided to commemorate their lives with a unique multimedia project in collaboration with Dave Liang (producer of the electronic group Shanghai Restoration Project) and Sun Yunfan (artist and filmmaker).
Nari features a short animated film about Viji and Lakshmi followed by a multimedia performance featuring live vocals, keyboards, and Gingger’s unique double violin set to an entrancing blend of hip-hop, high energy solos, and electronica infused with Viji’s never-before-heard recordings rooted in the Hindustani vocal tradition. The music is synchronized to a video installation, blending film, archival footage, family photos, and animated original collage and artwork.
Learn more about the film here.