Himalaya Song is a multimedia performance that incorporates live storytelling, music and film to examine the Himalayas as they undergo major environmental and ecological change.
Told through original musical compositions, video, and live narration, the story unfolds through a fictional character named Anya living in the near future. She goes on a search for her mother in her homeland of the Himalayan mountains and comes across various intersections of climate science and spiritual approaches to nature. Everything that happens to her is based on factual research from current events and news about climate change in the Himalayas, meaning the project changes in every iteration and transforms over time.
A truly collaborative project, Himalaya Song includes narration and video by Mridu Chandra and musical performances by Gingger Shankar (vocals and double violin) and Dave Liang (keyboards) of the electronic group The Shanghai Restoration Project. The music transports audiences to the Himalayas, exploring the intersection of modern sounds and ancient Indian and Chinese instruments. The video is crafted from materials created by traditional artists (painters/illustrators), computer artists, scholars, NGOs, climate scientists, travellers, and people who think about the Himalayas all over the world.
Himalaya Song had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with sold out performances and was chosen as one of the Top 10 Music Films by Rolling Stone Magazine.
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