As A R Rahman sets out on his search for rare Indian sounds he starts close to home, in the tranquility of Kerala. At the Kerala Kalamandalam, just outside Thrissur, he discovers the Mizhavu, a temple drum, whose striking, powerful sounds accompany the performance art of Koodiyattam. Featuring Kalamandalam Sajith Vijayan, an artist who strongly believes that it is a divine force.
In the bustling suburb of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, A R Rahman encounters the ancient, classical musical instrument, Rudra Veena. The Veena. The haunting tones of the Rudra Veena form the background for this episode, as we learn what it takes to preserve a centuries old heritage. The episode features Ustad Mohi Baha'uddin Dagar, who practices this instrument in the Dhrupad tradition.
A R Rahman travels to India's north eastern state of Manipur to learn more about the tradition of folk song, collectively called the Khunung Eshei.
A R Rahman makes his way to the mountains of Sikkim where he seeks someone who plays a bamboo flute known as the Pangthong Palith.
In his studio in Chennai, A R Rahman brings out the distinctive qualities of each guest's musical traditions in one harmonious arrangement.
Sruti Harihara Subramanian
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