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Off-camera, a Western traveler tells us of hearing singing from his hotel window in Bombay. He searches for the source... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Trevor Nichols ... Voice-over (voice)
Rosemary Martin ... Voice-over (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Robbins ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Robbins 
Produced by
Wahid Chowhan .... producer
Shahnaz Vahanvaty .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ustad Sultan Khan 
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Jehangir Choudhary 
Film Editing by
Amit Bose 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nayeem Hafizka .... assistant director
Smita Kudva .... assistant director
Shukla Shipra .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jagmohan Anand .... sound recordist
John Griffith .... sound editor
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Mikki Ansin .... still photographer
Cynthia Griffin .... still photographer
Faroukh Mistry .... assistant camera
Anoop Mittal .... clapper loader
Editorial Department
Jason Bylan .... assistant editor
Other crew
Mukul Abhyankar .... production assistant
Shakeel Badan .... production runner
Yanus Badan .... production runner
Mohammed Ali Bahti .... production assistant
Hemant Chaturvedi .... production assistant
Shayamlal Gupta .... production runner
Iqbal Hussain Bhati .... production controller
Smita Kudva .... continuity
Mahadev Mhaske .... production runner
Munaf Nirban .... production runner
Fahim Rohila .... production runner
James Ivory .... thanks
Cyrus Jhabvala .... thanks
Andrew Marcus .... thanks
Kathryn Martin .... thanks
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala .... thanks (as Ruth and Cyrus Jhabvala)

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Moving farewell glimpse of a disappearing world, 26 March 2009
Author: rowmorg from Eel Pie Island

There is more power and meaning in the (subtitled) lyrics of songs sung by itinerant street musicians in Bombay than you will hear in U.S. Tin Pan Alley trash over a period of ten, no, forty years. These artists, driven to perform by vocation, survive on pennies thrown to them by a largely indifferent populace, and they sing their hearts out like ancient gods. Perhaps the most powerful of the acts featured in this one-hour documentary is The Eunuchs, a roaming community of freakish outcast males who perform in drag far better than any real women could. Sadly, the viewer forms the conviction that film-maker Robbins will never compensate them for his ripping off their act, but that does not detract from the overall experience of glimpsing an ancient world of native musical talent as it gradually vanishes into the creeping meatball of digital diversion. Strongly recommended.

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