Of the many documentary films Sawan has scored for clients across the globe here's a look at two of the more unusual ones :
Winner of BEST SHORT LENGTH FILM AWARD in the Ecofilms Festival, Greece 2010, and BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM in the Goa International Film Festival 2009. Directed by Umesh Aggarwal and Sanjeev Sivan for National Geographic, the film deals with coal mine fires that rage continuously below the ground, and the impact they have on human lives perched above these raging fires.
Directed by Polish film maker Malgorzata Skiba, the film brings to light the story of a group of elderly Buddhist nuns who represent the last generation of unordained and uneducated women in robes. Shunned by religious and social systems for centuries, they seek their last hope of dignity in the new Nyema nunnery in the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh.
ABOUT THIS EXCERPT :
"Raag Marwa, associated with anxiety and onrushing darkness, has been used on vocals (Sukriti Sen) and flute (Pandit Ajay Prasanna) along with the Ghatam, a pot made of fire baked earth ,to capture the essence of living in constant fear on parched and dried up soil above a raging fire, awaiting death and destruction while hoping for deliverance."
PART I & PART II, AUTUMN IN THE HIMALAYAS :
"The music for this soundtrack has been derived from the Green Tara Mantra, a traditional hymn chanted by the nuns. The scale followed in these regions is a non equal tempered one, and my instruments had to be retuned accordingly. I've tried to follow the solemn, sparse mood of the subject, using locally used sounds like bells, gongs, chimes, and minimal music."