Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chutney Culture

I was amused by the popular Indo-Fijian culture (and with the Fijian history, in general). Too late in the night to write my impressions on Chutney Dancers and Indo-Fijian films (surprisingly, not called Follywood). But here are some links of interest:

Something called a "Coolie Mon Party" - couldn't find a Wiki page on it-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEr9wK-FIZw

Another "Chutney Dance":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fmq1_pDhyg

Trailer of a Fijian film "Ghar Pardes":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkVxOXLIcqM

And while there's a mention of chutneys:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/233880.stm

Meanwhile, there's an entire world of Chutney music out there, Indo-Caribbean in origin, but mainly pioneered by this gentleman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3eU7jGzvqs (This one's pure radiance with lyrics like "when we were children, you did promise me - that when you'll fall in, you'll fall in for me" and the very poetic "your mother will forsake you, your father will neglect you, but since I know you darling, I am dying for you" - a pot of Karagarga 1 GB for whoever transcribes the entire song! Chunky, it's time to change that caller-tune!) Another gem of wisdom from the late Sundar Popo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBw8ZknoH5I