Dance of the Wind

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Dance of the Wind
Swara Mandal
Dance of the Wind, 1997, DVD.jpg
Directed by Rajan Khosa
Produced by Karl Baumgartner,[1] NFDC, Elephant Eye
Written by Robin Mukherjee (Screenplay)
Rajan Khosa (Story)
Story by Rajan Khosa
Starring Kitu Gidwani
Bhaveen Gosain
Music by Shubha Mudgal
Cinematography Piyush Shah
Edited by Emma Matthews
Release date
  • 1997 (1997) (International)
  • 2008 (2008) (India)
Running time
85 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Swara Mandal or Dance of the Wind is an 1997 Hindi [2] film written and directed by Rajan Khosa, it was the feature film debut of the director. It starred Kitu Gidwani and Bhaveen Gosain in lead roles. The film was a co-production between five countries, including UK, Germany and India.[3]


Pallavi (Kitu Gidwani), a budding Indian classical singer, is the daughter and student of celebrated classical singer, Karuna Devi (Kapila Vatsyayan). While she was still gaining her confidence, her mother expires suddenly; due this shock Pallavi loses not just her bearings, but also her voice. Subsequently she also loses her career, her students, and her husband (Bhaveen Gosain).[4]

It is only after she meets a young street urchin, Tara (Roshan Bano) and start teaching her, following the guru-shishya parampara (Master-student tradition) of Indian classical music, as her mother once did with her, does she begin to finds herself again, and also her voice.[5]


Noted Hindustani classical singer, Shubha Mudgal composed the music, while playback was given by 'Shweta Jhaveri', Shanti Hirannand, and Brinda Roy Choudhuri. Other noted artists, who worked on soundtrack were, Sarangi performer, Ustad Sultan Khan, and noted flautist, Ronu Majumdar, and the film went on to win the 'Gold Plaque for Music' at the 1998 Chicago International Film Festival.[6]


The film was premiered at the Critics' Week, at 1997 Venice Film Festival,[2] and became India's official entry at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival and International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 1998. The film went on to win several national and international awards in the following years,[7] as it was theatrically released in twenty five countries in 1998-2001 [3][8] However, it was commercially released in India, only in February 2008.[9]

Channel 4 reviewed the film as, "A celebration of the classical singing tradition set in contemporary New Delhi, Rajan Khosa's film captures the beauty of ancient Indian music and the culture from which it emanates." [10]



  • Kitu Gidwani as Pallavi Sehgal
  • Bhaveen Gossain as Ranmal
  • B.C. Sanyal as Munir Baba
  • Roshan Bano as Tara
  • Kapila Vatsyayan as Karuna Devi
  • Vinod Nagpal as Mr Thakkar
  • Punarnava Mehta as Shabda
  • Ami Arora as Janaki
  • Bhunvar Lal as Trader at the Market
  • Ibrahim Ahmed as Monkey Man


  1. ^ Dance with the Wind details at
  2. ^ a b c d Dance of the Wind at NFDC
  3. ^ a b Dance with the Wind Preview
  4. ^ Overview New York Times.
  5. ^ Synopsis
  6. ^ Dance of the Wind Variety.
  7. ^ Dance of the Wind Preview
  8. ^ Release info
  9. ^ award-winning movie hits Indian screens Boolywood News,, 1 February 2008.
  10. ^ Review Channel 4.
  11. ^ Rajan Khosa Awards

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