A lecture by UCLA Professor Aparna Sharma, Department of World Arts and Cultures, hosted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Listening to the Courtesan—The Soundscapes of Pakeezah (Dir: Kamal Amrohi, 1971) examines the soundtrack of the highly acclaimed 1971 Hindi film Paakeezah surrounding a Muslim courtesan, Sahibjaan. The discussion will focus on how the film's ghazals combined with iconic sounds such as those of a train and layered noise reflect Sahibjaan's complex inner disposition. This is a unique and subjective representation that aligns with the courtesan's worldview and resists objectification of her position. Aparna Sharma is a filmmaker, film theorist and Assistant Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition India's Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow.
Image: Tilly Kettle, An Indian Dancing Girl with a Hookah, circa 1772, India, Uttar Pradesh, Faizabad, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. Photo © Yale Center for British Art, USA /The Bridgeman Art Library (YBA 145615).
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