Director: Erik Koto
Country: USA / India
When modernization swept through the Himalayan region of Ladakh, India, in the 1960s, its traditions began to suffocate: its art, language, and ceremonies, even the ways that people related to each other. But one citizen, Morup Namgyal, refused to let Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage disappear entirely. He soon began a project to preserve one slice of the region’s identity: its folk music.
Morup, a folk musician himself, and his peers used education and song to spark a social movement, one that saved folk music from destruction and instilled a sense of cultural pride among the Ladakhi. The Song Collector depicts the lives of three generations of the Namgyal family, offering a vision of how past and present can harmoniously coexist.
Tricycle will be leading a 10-day pilgrimage to Ladakh, India from June 7-18, 2018. For the trip itinerary and registration information, click here.
The Song Collector is available for DVD purchase here.