Directed by Arvind Sinha | 52 min. | 2009
Producer & Commissioning Editor - Rajiv Mehrotra
For several months each year, hundreds of wayside performers called ‘Nats’ make the chaotic and colourful metropolis of Calcutta their temporary home. Living amidst pigs, dogs and rodents by the rail tracks, they all co-exist in blissful harmony. The Film takes a macro and micro view of the ‘Nat’ community of performers in the backdrop of a totally insensitive ‘mainstream’ India which seems unwilling to provide any physical space to marginals such as these.
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Arvind is a self-taught filmmaker. His documentary Ajit received much acclaim. A recipient of three national awards, he has also won the prestigious Hoso Bunka Foundation Award of Japan.
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EDITING: Amitabh Chakraborty, Amit Debnath
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TRACK LAYERING & MIXING: Subhadeep Sengupta
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