SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

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SIEF2021 - Audio/visual programme

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Convenors: Anna Lisa Ramella (University of Cologne), Roger Norum (University of Oulu)

Audio/Visual Programme Selection Committee: Peter Crawford (University of Tromsø), Tom Dubois (University of Wisconsin Madison), Lotta Petronella (Independent filmmaker), Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), Steffen Köhn (Freie Universität Berlin), Andy Lawrence (University of Manchester and, Fabian Lüke (University of Cologne), Moira Marklewitz (University of Cologne), Martin Saxer (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), Anna-Céline Schäfer (University of Cologne), Theo Zerries (University of Cologne)

SESSION: Body and Senses as Subject/Resistance

Monday 21 June
Roundtable discussion on this topic: 16:15-18:00

Seven on Earth – Nine on Heaven. People and Music of Meghalaya

2019 | 67’ | Russian Federation
Svetlana Ryzhakova, Elena Kruglova

This film is a study of the Khasi musical culture, both traditional, preserved in the villages, and urban, absorbed many influences of Western rock music. Special attention is paid to the fusion culture, combining musical approaches, introducing the pentatonic system into the modern Western scale. Film explores musical instruments common among Khasis today, as well as categories of musical culture and performances. Through music, we understand the Khasis’ myths and beliefs, their etiquette, customs and values. The biographies of legendary musicians of Meghalaya, such as Lou Majaw, who glorified Shillong far beyond India, as well as stories of hereditary musicians, dohalia, are narrated. The place and role of music in the daily life of Khasis, a number of rare Khasi songs and melodies, recorded by the author, a unique phenomenon of “name-melodies” that exists exclusively in several Meghalaya’s villages are explored. The film is based on ethnographic materials collected by Svetlana Ryzhakova in 2011-2019.


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