Friday Afternoon Palate Cleanser – In the Courtyard of the Beloved

India is feast for the senses. The moment you step off the plane all five of them are activated, assaulting your brain with sounds, smells, tastes, sights and of course the visceral, never letting up until you step back the plane to leave.

The following video brings you this India, the India of the senses, several more of them than you’d get from a normal amateur film about India. There is seamless editing, ambient street sounds, and absolutely poetic imagery — you can tell these guys know what they’re doing.

From the artists:

In the Courtyard of the Beloved is a visual and aural portrait of Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, a Sufi shrine in New Delhi, India. Made from over 18,000 still images and ambient sounds recorded on-site, rapid-fire bursts of kaleidoscopic imagery assemble into fractured collages where a moment expands outwards and then converges back into itself, fleshing out a three-dimensional rendering of place.

The film is longish, more than 11 minutes, but it comes highly recommended.

I posted this yesterday on our Facebook page so some of you may have seen it, but I wanted to make sure it had the cross-channel exposure it deserves.

Break out your dhoti, get yourself a tiny plastic cup of chai and enjoy! Have an excellent weekend.

For more from our Friday Afternoon Palate Cleanser series, click here.

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