A Cartwheel Features film LEAVING HOME: The Life and Music of Indian Ocean is a full length documentary feature on the most significant music band from India - Indian Ocean. Based in Delhi, this band has been around for 19 years doing path breaking, timeless work outside the mainstream, quietly, with great integrity.
The film showcases their music and tells their remarkable story of overcoming all the odds, without compromising their integrity, to create India's most significant contemporary music band - Indian Ocean. The real Rock On!
Written & directed by Jaideep Varma, who earlier work includes a Hindi feature film HULLA, LEAVING HOME is his first non-fiction feature film.
Produced D. Ramakrishna & Jaideep Varma, LEAVING HOME releases on 2nd April 2010 in three different languages - Hindi, Bengali & English.
Indian Ocean's music has admirers ranging from Yo Yo Ma to Shubha Mudgal to Rabbi Shergill to Anthony DeCurtis, from the youth in colleges around India to the middle-aged NRI in corporate America. Using primarily Western instruments (acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, tabla), they have created a very Indian sound which is strangely also uniquely their own. The band has created less than 30 songs during this time, with not single filler, and more than half of these are bonafide classics.
LEAVING HOME is the story of the four men, who make music together as Indian Ocean in a contemporary India where commercial concerns are overriding. Their inspirational story of how they kept the creative fires burning without compromising their essential vision is told with the same energy and lightness of touch their unique music is imbued with. Their music is showcased in three different ways - in concert with all their stage finery, a casual performance in their own neighborhood, and raw improvisations from inside their rehearsal room.
This feature-length film captures their unique sensibility for the first time ever, both onstage and off-stage. It showcases their music in such a way that their unique sound is internalized by the viewer by the end of the film.