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The last day of the final cricket test match between Australia and India Down Under in January 2004. The series is tied one all. Can India do the unthinkable? Beat the Aussies in their own den? The filmmaker is with his grandmother at her house in Delhi and she is glued to the TV set. He starts shooting with his DV camera, and shoots for the remaining six days he has to stay with her as his uncle and aunt are out of town. Talking to her holding the camera, recording her telephone conversations, observe her watch television, recite prayers from the Granth Sahib, work in the kitchen, exercise in the winter sun, go down memory lane and talk about her childhood, her marriage, the partition of 1947… and wait for her granddaughter to arrive from work in the evening. Who, when home, would be busy on her mobile phone! A Winter Tale is an account of these six days in the January of 2004.

Biography of the Director: Gurvinder Singh, age 31, studied filmmaking at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, graduating in 2001. Since 2002, he has been documenting the Sufi music traditions of Punjab, under a grant received from India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). The documentation has involved field recordings of music on digital audio-video and in terms of content, emphasized the syncretic tradition of narrating kissas, or folk legends, at various shrines, cutting across religious practices. The documentation also resulted in a film on one of the folk singers he documented during the project, titled, “Pala” (DV/2003/83 mins). It has also resulted in an Audio CD, titled ‘Kissa Punjab” produced by ‘Underscore Records’. He is currently creating a web archive of the music he has been documenting.

He lives in Delhi and continues to experiment with Digital Video as a medium of self expression, besides teaching film studies at various institutes in Delhi University.


A Winter Tale

Director: Gurvinder Singh

Running Time: 55 minutes