Navy Blue of India (Nanda Mix) EXCERPT -- 4:09 min., color, sound
Tracking a phone call gone astray between chromatic continents, cinemas and soundtracks. Navy Blue of India looks at the trans-national migration of image/sound -- much of its original footage was harvested from VHS compilation tapes of Hindi ﬁlm musical numbers subtitled for (guest worker) audiences in The Gulf.
Henry Mancini’s theme from 'Charade' (1963) meets its suspect twin in Shankar Jaikishan’s theme from
‘Gumnaam.’(1965). Bollywood rings up The Chapelle as backup singers keeps time to Gumnaam's stat Nanada and her plaintive calls of “Hello”.
This frenetic glimpse of translation and slippage is filtered through the famed Diana Vreeland exclamation upon her arrival in the sub-continent: “I adore that pink! It's the navy blue of India!’
The imagery was produced by ﬁrst setting monitors to maximize their blue phosphor dots, then re-shooting them through monitors wrapped in layers of pink stage lighting gels.
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