A film about the great thumri singer Siddheshwari Devi(1908-1977). Breaking all conventional modes of biographical or documentary film making, this film becomes a work of transgression. It transgresses both home and dream. Like a Sufi wanderer, it celebrates the life of exile. Here is a film that takes the 'documentary' non-representational to its limits, turning the fictional material natural to a biography into a presentation, and the objects and locations into an imaginative becoming of music.
Mani Kaul (1944-2011), one of the pioneers of New Indian Cinema, had succeeded in radically overhauling the relationship of image to form, of speech to narrative. He began his career with < Uski Roti >(1969), which won him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film. He got the National Film Award for < Siddheshwari >.
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