A history would be created on 2nd Aril when a film made on the progress of the popular rock band INDIAN OCEAN titled -LEAVING HOME-THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF INDIAN OCEAN would be released in the major cinema halls of the country delineating the growth of the band during last twenty years. It would indeed be a watershed moment in the history of film viewing in India as the process of growth is easy to document and is achieved at the fraction of cost, and is therefore having a latent potential of being able to recoup the investments made in the product.
The moot point is whether there is a need for a documentary on INDIAN OCEAN? Answer to the question would be why not, when there could be an audience for an IPL match in the multiplexes and cinema halls, and then there always would be an audience for LEAVING HOME-THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF INDIAN OCEAN. After all, it has been in existence for around nineteen years and has a legendary fan following.
The film has been produced and directed by Jaideep Verma and has running time of 115 minutes. Redeeming part of the process of making of LEAVING HOME-THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF INDIAN OCEAN is that the filmmakers where in possession of a stock of more than 197 hours of footage, from which they have culled and made a film of 115 hours. So the final shape that the film has achieved is on account of capital expenditure in the form of editing only. Based on the feedback from the fans, the filmmakers can release a sequel to it subsequently. The experiment would also provide incentive for other such innovations to adapt it into a film and by default could create a new form of content viewing in the cinema halls.
Three instruments, guitar, drums and tabla dominate the music of Indian Ocean. As a matter of fact, it was owing to experimentation with guitar and tabla, a genre introduced by Indian Ocean predominantly that tabla graduated to fusion music in a big way in all such subsequent initiatives. The film operates at three different levels, i.e. in concert, stage performance, secondly, casual performance in their own neighborhood, and thirdly raw improvisations from inside their rehearsal room. In their 20 years journey, INDIAN OCEAN has released 20 songs.
The uniqueness of INDIAN OCEAN lies in the fact that it repositioned the folk Indian music in a new idiom, be it the ballads of bauls of Bengal, or unique utterance of tribals of different parts of the country, or for that matter the classical nodes of Sufi mystics, the interpretation of these traditional forms of music into a modernist manner was primarily the reason for the band to be in vogue for such a long time.