Goopy’s Ghost Dance


This surreal dance sequence is from Satyajit Ray’s 1968 film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha), a fable featuring two outcast musicians, a ghost kingdom, three boons and a pair of magic slippers. (Thanks, Har.)

The special effects are definitely not like that of Hollywood films of the era. Its 6 1/2 minute ghost dance is a sequence to watch out for. The imaginative vitality of the visualization and execution make the sequence a visual and aural treat. Ray combined live action, shadow puppets and Indian percussion instruments –Ghatam, Mridamgam, Mursring and Ganjra to create the mesmerizing sequence. (SatyajitRay.org)
December 19, 2006
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