During the first week of February, 1995. 150 Indian filmmakers and 18 of India's finest
photojournalists fanned out across the country to record for posterity a collective
adventure of enormous fascination and complexity - a visual time - capsule of a unique nation
caught up at the moment of dramatic change. The result was a docu-feature, which premiered
simultaneously on DD1 (doordharshan) and ATN on 26th January 1996 to mark India's republic Day.
India 24 Hours also cover coffee table book with 174 color photographs and a CD with an original
musical score by Dr. Ilaiyaraja
From glacial Ladakh to steamy Kerala, the many photographic teams sought to capture the
contrasting forces that have shaped the subcontinent. India 24 hours is a photosensitive odyssey
that attempts to advanvce the luminous possibilities of the country, offering re-invigorated
definition, injecting new vitality, pressing toward the borders of interpretation and response
if only by subtle shades and subjective increments. here lies choreographed the boundless freedom
of eighteen of India's most gifted photographers, working simultaneously throughout the country,
ravishing the eye, inflaming the senses, provoking the heart and stirring the imagination
India 24 hours is a collective impression born of many situations, paces, shades, and definitions.
Familiar idioms are here transformed into a transformed language that is both of the everyday and
the fantastic. Inner perceptions and outward marvels captured by the photographers lenses testify
to celebrations, hard work, memorable incidents, visions, haphazard encounters, pains, pleasures
and passions, two winks for every grimace, and the odd miracle. It is not mere visual provocation
or splendour that typifies these images, but the profound diversity of a country, as she randomly
greets a small armada of great photographers. The results and uncanny, a shock wave of insights and
India 24 Hours took shape under the production and editorial guidance of Internationally acclaimed
writer, ecologist and film maker, Michael Tobias, renowned Indian photographer, Raghu Rai and
Kirit Mehta, Managing Director of CMM Studios, Bombay(Mumbai). The many photographic teams logged in
some 100 hours on the road in nearly every state and union territory to touch and uncover the
elusive passions of a country that defies easy definition. These have been fused into a sumptuous
portrait of the nation as she lives, breathes, dreams, India 24 Hours.
1. India 24 Hours
10. Heart Beats
13. Over Time
14. This Mortal Coil
15. Home Wards
17. Themes of India 24 Hours
The original music score for the film was composed and arranged by Dr. Ilaiyaraja.
Proclaimed by the world's critics as a composer of a new kind of music. Ilaiyaraja is
something of a phenomenon having composed music for more over 700 films, In 1993, he
composed his symphony No.1 with the royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London under the baton
of John Scott. he has been the winner of the Government of India's national Award for
his film music in the year: 1981, 1986 and 1987.