Chao Center for Asian Studies' Titles3 Festival of Experimental Films from India: The World of Goopy and Bagha

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Banished from their respective kingdoms for causing a disruption with their cacophonous musical "talents," singer Goopi and the dholak-playing Bagha accidentally meet deep in the heart of the forest. Somehow enthralled by their dreadful music, the king of the ghosts grants them four magical boons and sends them on to new lives in the neighboring Kingdom of Shundi.

Thanks to their new gifts, Goopi and Bagha are appointed the court musicians, but are quickly caught up in a dispute between the King of Shundi and his long-lost brother. It will be up to them to use their boons to prevent war between the kingdoms — and win the hands of two beautiful princesses.

The story was earlier adapted as live action feature by Satyajit Ray in 1968. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Director Shilpa Ranade will be in attendance.



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