9 января 2018
Goru Bihu Song
Goru Bihu Song is an experimental video that captures the essence of Assamese folk Bihu dance and celebration of the spirit of Goru Bihu with cow face paint. Goru Bihu is a festival celebrated on the first day of Assamese calendar month of Bohag (mid-April during the start of spring), a day before Bohag Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam. Assam is a Indian state lying in the foothills of the Himalayan region in Northeast India. The video is based on the futuristic imagination of Goru Bihu celebrations, away from the homeland, and in the absence of cows amidst a generation of technology-based live music performance.
The video begins with an early morning sight of an old man taking his cow to the riverside for the Goru Bihu traditions. But are we going to stop celebrating Goru Bihu if we don’t have a cow at home? What about the next generation who might be living abroad? What if animal rights organizations ban all such traditions involving animals to prevent animal torture and ill-treatment?
The video stores all the answers to these questions. It depicts that if our traditions fail to live because of unaccommodating and uncontrollable reasons, the cultural knowledge ought to be passed on for generations and generations. Even if traditions fail to live, the spirit should never die.
The video shows young boys and girls dancing Bihu with their faces painted with cow paint to symbolize and respect ‘goru’ (meaning cow in Assamese). Cow face paint, although an uncommon art in Assam, is a unique and beautiful way of symbolization and showing respect to cows who are thought to be sacred and highly revered. Therefore, the video portrays cow face paint in reverence and remembrance of cows on this auspicious occasion.
The trippy night setting of a live EDM band performing amidst a crowd of folk dancers is a symbolization of future's musical era. This kind of an imaginative scene denotes that anybody in any part of the world under any circumstances could celebrate Goru Bihu and let the festival spirit live on, even if performing the traditions exactly according to old rituals become difficult or inconvenient. What matters most is the spirit, not the show. The notion that cultures evolve is speculative and controversial. However, Axl Hazarika, the director of the video, believes that it is the root of culture that remains constant, not the culture itself.
Автор: Axl Hazarika