Music & Society DVDs
Lyrichord Discs and Multicultural Media are pleased to announce DVD releases of the Music and Society Film Series, from the famed ethnomusicologist Deben Battacharya.
The films originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s are now available on DVD-R format, including Professor Battacharya's distinctive narration of the events recorded in each film. He successfully blends the scholarly with the informal to bring these living cultures to life.
Originally shot on 16mm film, we have carefully reproduced DVD-Rs from the original 1" and 3/4" video masters. Public Performance Rights are provided with the educational version of these films, priced at a reasonable $49.00 each. Standing purchase orders are welcome.
These programs are accessible for college and high school level programs, as well as for general library interest and world music fans. Descriptions of each program are available on the insert sheets included with each DVD-R. These same descriptions can be found at these two websites, where each item can also be ordered - www.worldmusicstore.com and www.lyrichord.com
"These films include some fascinating general footage, always with traditional music as background, as well as some valuable and sometimes extended scenes of genuine ceremonies and events. "
Dr. Terry Miller, Department of Ethnomusicology, Hugh A. Glauser School of Music , Kent State University
Adaptable Kingdom: Music and Dance in Nepal
This film takes the viewer to a kingdom in the Himalayas, where tribal animism, Buddhism, and Hinduism live in harmony. In the folklore of Nepal, religious mask-dances with the sound...
Bali - Isle of Temples
Filmed entirely in Bali - the famed Hindu island in the archipelago of Indonesia - this historical DVD shows the day-to-day life of the islanders, their folk songs, gamelan orchestras...
"Chinese Opera" opens in the make-up room of the People's Theatre in Canton, where the cast is preparing for a 300-year-old Cantonese opera called Nliu Yi Chuan Su, a romance,...
Echoes From Tibet
Echoes From Tibet - Panoramic views of the high snow ranges provide the backdrop for the austere and rugged village life of Tibetans and Ladakhis, high in the the western...
Ecstatic Circle: Turkey
The Mevlevi Dervish Order was founded in the 13th century by Mevlana Jeladed-din Rumi, a poet and mystic who rebelled against orthodox Islamic beliefs by replacing formal prayers with songs...
Land of Smiles: Thailand
Thai folk songs and dances - such as the beautiful fingernail dance and the precision bamboo dance - are filmed in performance, as is a segment from the classical the...
Performing Arts of China - Instruments and Music
"Chinese Instruments and Music" explores the ancient, delicate integration of music and art with other aspects of Chinese daily life. The history of China is interwoven with the development of...