FINALLY! Whilst leisurely strolling Google tonight for any news on Uday Shankar's 1948 dance film Kalpana, I was ASTONISHED to find that the Pad.ma online video archive folks have UPLOADED THE ENTIRE FILM ONLINE, and it has been up since November! Where have I been? Has no one else noticed this? Am I the last person to know? Is this breaking news? Why isn't this more widely known! Holy hamster fluffles! I had to share this on my blog immediately! Finally! Finally us peons get to see this film! YAY!!!! Patience has finally payed off!
I am so excited I am at a loss for words. I will be posting again later this week after watching and digesting this fantastic piece of Indian cinematic history. :)
Here is the link to the video at Pad.ma (sometimes I've had trouble getting their direct links to load; alternatively you can go to Pad.ma, enter "Kalpana" in the search box, and double click on the film name result). Tips: You have to double click on the video image (or mouse-over it and hit the play button in the lower left-hand corner) to get it to play. The main video is in the center of the screen. On the left side is a smaller version you can mouse over to scroll through screengrabs. On the lower right-hand side of the main video box there is a little gear button; click on it to change the resolution or download it. Note that the downloaded file is a .torrent file, so you have to use a torrent program to fully download the actual video file....which is what I am currently doing! HAPPY VIEWING!