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An emotional journey with the travellers reminiscing about the train and the memories associated with it.

The Purulia-Ranchi narrow-gauge line opened in November 1907. A narrow gauge train ran on the track till January 2004, when it was withdrawn, before conversion of the track to broad-gauge. Realising that train journeys would never be the same again on the route, Meghnath and Biju Toppo thought of documenting it’s final journey. And a group of prominent personalities, singers and filmmakers from the region, such as Mukund Naik, Ram Dayal Munda, Madhu Mansuri “Hansmukh”, Aswini Pankaj and Punam Kerketta, joined the two of them.

The film is an emotional journey with the travellers reminiscing about the train and the memories associated with it. And songs play a major role in the narrative. Through Nagpuri songs, the personalities on the train brings forth the angst of those leaving their beloved, their homes, their families and their roots, perhaps for ever. These were songs that were sung in the days when the train became popular, especially among those leaving for the Assam tea gardens.
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Directors: Biju Toppo, Meghmath

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Length: 27 min

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    at The Gopher Hole

    17 May 2011 6:30 pm

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