O Parvardigar (film)

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O Parvardigar
Directed by Ginny Katz
Richard O'Casey (restored version)
Produced by Pete Townshend
Richard O'Casey (restored version)
Starring Meher Baba
Edited by Ginny Katz (original)
Paul Pearson, Emma Black (restored version)
Distributed by The Meher Baba Association
The Meher Baba Film Archive
Eel Pie Publishing
Release date(s) 1976 (United Kingdom)
2003
2009
Running time 7 min. (original)
8 min (BBC edit)
12 min (restored)
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent/English

O Parvardigar is a 1976 seven-minute short film by Ginny Katz presenting silent footage of Meher Baba. The title of the film refers to Meher Baba's prayer "Parvardigar Prayer." Earlier editions of the film had issues with speed of the Meher Baba footage, and the restoration by Richard O'Casey addressed this problem so that it could be viewed as originally intended. The thirty-two year-old stereo recordings were remastered into 5.1 digital sound and PCM audio, and new footage of Meher Baba was added.

The restored and extended 12 minute version, directed and produced by Richard O'Casey, was released on an all-region DVD (PAL and NTSC) which plays for sixty-five minutes and contains five video tracks, including the restored version and the original version, plus visuals on the restoration process. It also features four audio tracks, including Pete Townshend singing "Parvardigar" and previously unreleased versions of Townshend performing "Bargain" and "Time Is Passing" live in India at Meher Baba's third Amartithi in January 1972.

Other inclusions are sheet music, production shot logs, technical notes on the film restoration, a photo album, printable pdf files and a new article on the prayer by Pete Townshend.[1]

The new restoration commemorates fifty years of Avatar Meher Baba's Universal Prayer. It was premiered at Meher Baba Oceanic on July 20, 2003. This was the first Baba event held at Meher Baba Oceanic for twenty-two years.

In 2009 the film was re-released with special features including two earlier versions of the film, accompanying articles, including Townshend's account of the creation of the song, production notes, photographs, technical restoration information, and twenty minutes of exclusive audio of Pete Townshend talking and playing at the Third Amartithi.[2]

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