Rafael 1 Wed, May 10, 2017 7:00 PM
Film Info
Breaking Form
Running Time:75 min.
Director:Gingger Shankar
Producer:Loren Schneider
Note Writer:Joni Cooper


CFI kicks off the inaugural DocLands with Gingger Shankar’s Nari, a stunning short documentary blending film, archival footage and animation that will be accompanied by a live, original musical score featuring vocals, Indian percussion and Shankar’s unique double violin, with Carlo Ribaux on drums and Vivek Maddala on guitar and keyboards. The film and performance will be followed by a Q&A with the performers and the DocLands Opening Night Party at the Elks Lodge. Nari tells the life stories of Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter Viji, two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaborations with Ravi Shankar, the world-famous Indian composer and musician, and The Beatles' George Harrison. Viji’s daughter, Gingger Shankar, presents this unique multimedia project as a posthumous tribute to her mother and grandmother.

In Person: Creator/Director Gingger Shankar; Producer, Loren Schneider; Musicians Vivek Maddala, Carlo Ribaux

Co-presented by Amoeba Music

Additional Information

Gingger Shankar is a singer, violinist and composer who was born into one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential musical families. She has worked with top producers, artists and film composers including Mel Gibson, Katy Perry, The Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor, Linda Perry, Mike Nichols, Mike Myers and James Newton Howard. In addition to her film projects, she has also has lent her voice and violin to several diverse projects ranging from soundtracks to pop and electronic hip-hop. An accomplished artist and performer, Shankar is the only female in the world to have mastered the 10-string Double Violin, of which there are currently only two in existence.