Waves of Change takes inspiration from the story of the Bangladesh Girls Surf Club, a group started years ago in the Cox Bazaar region of Bangladesh. In a place where girls are forbidden from even entering the water, kept from an education and typically married away at 11-12 years of age, a group of young girls learned to surf and imagined a world for themselves full of freedom and choices.
Commissioned for a digital presentation during Covid, this project brings together elements of surf rock, Hindustani music, Western and Bengali voices to tell the story of girls fighting to choose what their lives might look like, inspired by love of the water and freedom of the waves.
Composer and English text – Juhi Bansal;
Guest artist and Bengali vocals – Ranjana Ghatak;
Soprano – Kathryn Shuman;
Cello – Timothy Loo;
Sound design, mixing, mastering – Laura M. Kramer and Juhi Bansal;
Cinematographer and editor – Miguel Galindo;
Bengali text – Ranjan Bandhopadhyay, Sunit Ghatak, Indira Ghatak.
Originally Commissioned, Developed, and Produced by the PROTOTYPE Festival as part of the original work Modulation.