"Now an interminable mail-train passed on the railway tracks that formed the horizon visible in the gaps between the houses on the other side of Vidyasagar Road. For a while, all the other local and habitual noises, of birds and cars, were subsumed under the long, swelling note of the mail-train whistle, which, with its lone trumpeting, made the air vibrate around one. After, when the train had gone, the air was cleansed, and the room was as quiet as its reflection in the dressing-table mirror, with Oil of Olay, Lactocalamine, Vaseline, Ponds Dream Flower Talc and two lipsticks arranged carefully, with all devotion and seriousness, on the shelf before it." Amit Chaudhuri - "Waking"
Rail is the opening movement of paNi intiyA.
paNi intiyA is my first videomusic work, a distillation of material assembled during an extended stay in India in 1994-95. After-images of a blackened sub-continent and its uncertain modernity, of colored mornings in a bird's eye view of the oven below, of the stunned silence of the sholas and of the quiet rage of daily transactions.
Images were shot in HI-8 analog and edited on a Panasonic M2 A-B roll system. Music was composed on the author's own software (Cecilia) on SGI computers