The Director’s Thought
Sonar Boron Pakhi
The Golden Wing
Pratima Baruah Pandey (1935-2002) is definitely the golden feather of the Goalpariya folk songs of Western Assam. She shed the silver spoon that was hers by birth and unhesitatingly mingled with the carriers of the traditional songs sung by commoners like boatmen, buffalo herds and mahouts to come up with a repertoire which she flawlessly and soulfully performed at various forums to earn nationwide recognition for this distinct folk form.
As a film lover I intended to capture the uncommon threads of life of this gifted artist who, despite being a girl child and being born and brought up in a royal family braved all odds, mingled with mahouts (elephant drivers), moishals (buffalo boys) and naworias (river boatmen) in a rural ambiance.
From the folklorists’ point of view, her renditions of those fascinating folk songs at national and international platforms with unbridled passion, keeping intact the indigenous flavor that made all the difference and this does indeed call for a feature-length portrayal of her life and works.
I am sure that the story of the genius in Pratima Baruah Pandey would keep her posterity aware and conscious of what she aspired to attain in her life.