Finding Carlton - Uncovering the story of Jazz in India.. a groundbreaking documentary film will be screened at Casa Asia on June 11th at 7pm.
European Premier screening !
The film website is www.findingcarlton.com and information is also available on Facebook
A little known story about how Jazz flowed its way to India, Built around a portrait of surviving Indian jazzman, the maverick guitarist Carlton Kitto, audiences are taken on a richly atmospheric journey into India¹s little-known jazz age that lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s and until now has gone unrecorded in the history of that country and the history of jazz.
What emerges is the unknown and mesmerizing story of a bygone era and the testimony of one of its last survivors, Carlton Kitto. A maverick dedicated to pure jazz, particularly bebop, Carlton, 68, is an unsung cultural custodian who has nurtured hundreds of young musicians in the jazz idiom, and who still plays to half-empty Calcutta hotels.
Weaving verité scenes of Carlton’s isolated, impoverished, yet passionately dedicated existence, Finding Carlton uncovers an untold story of cultural cross-pollination born of the pre-war African-American diaspora, the American Army presence in Calcutta during the Second World War, and of the US State Department’s sponsored jazz tours in India. The film also illuminates the influence of American jazz on Bollywood and provides one of the earliest examples of cultural globalization.
The fiilm screenings to date include its first screening at the United Nations- on the First International Jazz day.
An international conference entitled 'Global Circulations of Jazz' will be held on June 27-28, 2013, at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris , Bringing together specialists, anthropologists, historians, musicologists,sociologists, the dissemination of jazz outside of its places of birth will be explored. We will look at this ‘other jazz’, whose history is little and poorly known. Jazz music circulated very early on and engendered particularly rich and fertile musical progeny around the world
Papers will be presented that will increase our understanding of jazz in South Africa, in Mauritius, and the Indian Ocean, South America and even in India and Asia. This 'global' jazz prefigured the great movement of globalization of popular music in the 20th and 21st centuries, but remains poorly documented. The conference will bring together researchers from different countries, who have begun to address, preferably on an empirical basis, these secondary circuits of diffusion. The conference will conclude with the screening of a documentary on the dissemination of Jazz in India, Finding Carlton - Uncovering the Story of Jazz India, followed by a discussion with the Director, Susheel Kurien