“Sing to Me, Mr. Shuffle!”

A project by Sushmita Mazumdar which emerged during the pandemic-a collaboration with an App and an algorithm with roots reaching back 5 decades and 13,000 miles.

When I saw the call for stories by Towson University’s Asian Arts & Culture Center, I was really excited. It was not the usual call for art which I usually don’t answer. But a call for stories “told through our art, and our work” was right up my alley! So I entered their Our Stories Festival. I entered my story, “Sing to Me, Mr. Shuffle!”

I present my story on Oct 15, 2020. It is about the founder of a community space for art and stories and what she does when the community cannot join her as the building is closed to the public. Who can she collaborate with? The story revolves around four paintings, all created on one Friday afternoon, inspired by Bollywood songs which played from my iPhone, thanks to Mr. Shuffle. The songs/artworks in the photos above are:

1. Aye Dile Nadaan/O Innocent Heart
 Movie: Razia Sultan, 1983. Lyrics: Khayyam/Jan Nisar Akhtar

2. Hawa Hawa/Like the Wind 
Movie: Rockstar, 2011 Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

3. Albela Sajan/Charming Beloved
 Movie: Bajirao Mastani, 2015 Song: Traditional

4. Qaafirana/Blasphemous 
Movie: Kedarnath, 2018 Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya


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