Sonar Baran Pakhi (The Golden Wing), a biopic on iconic Goalpariya folk singer, Pratima Barua Pandey, is soon going to be released in theatres on November 24.
Director Bobby Sarma Baruah said that the biopic has already been screened at 19 international film festivals.
It is also the first film in Rajbongshi language, the community Pratima Pandey originally belonged to.
“The film traces the journey of the singer, who hailed from Dhubri and faced immense hardship in establishing the precious and unique music of a small community. We started working on the film in 2015 and completed it last year,” Baruah said.
“Pratima Barua Pandey is definitely the golden feather of Goalpariya folk songs of western Assam. She shed the silver spoon that was hers by birth and unhesitatingly mingled with boatmen, buffalo herders and mahouts – bearers of traditional songs – to come up with a repertoire that she flawlessly and soulfully rendered at various forums to earn nationwide recognition for this distinct folk form.”
The film has been made under a budget of Rs 35-lakh film and will be screened at nearly 30 cinema halls of Assam and West Bengal. At the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and Dhaka International Film Festival, Sonar Baran Pakhi had won the grand jury prize for best feature film and best audience award respectively.
The film contains seven songs, all in the singer’s original voice and collected from the archive of All-India Radio Guwahati where she sang frequently..
The film has been shot in Gauripur, where Pandey spent most of her life, Kolkata, Manas National Park and Guwahati.
ASSFFDC chairman Jatin Bora said people should watch the film as it portrays a very important aspect of Assamese culture.