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Creative venture that narrates daring exploits of Jim Corbett

At the onset itself Shardul Saraf knew that it was no easy task to make a sound novel based on hunter-naturalist Jim Corbett’s book Man-Eaters of Kumaon

Written by Garima Mishra | Pune |
August 8, 2013 6:02:02 am

At the onset itself Shardul Saraf knew that it was no easy task to make a sound novel based on hunter-naturalist Jim Corbett’s book Man-Eaters of Kumaon. But he was game for the creative challenge that the task offered.

Saraf was approached with the job to edit and direct the sound novel in October 2012. The project he says was interesting but had its own challenges. Though the book has eight stories,he and his team chose three stories for the project.

“Every story is equally powerful and it required tremendous hard work. The description of each and every incident by Corbett is detailed. But it may not hold the attention of the listener. So we made some changes using narrator and conversations,” Saraf said. The team will take another three months to complete the project.

Published in 1944,Man-Eaters of Kumaon details Corbett’s experiences of hunting man-eaters in Kumaon between 1900s and 1930s. The novel was translated in Marathi by Subhash Bhende in 1982 and was titled Kumanoche Narbhakshak.

Saraf said writing the script took more time than recording. Alterations and additions took around nine months. “Recording was easy because we had masters like actor Sachin Khedekar and renowned theatre artiste Kiran Yadnyopavit for voice over. But after recording,we had to work hard on editing sound and music,” Saraf said. The sound design and background score was rendered by Gandhar Sangoram.

The medium he was dealing with,sound,make the project challenging. “Story narration itself has been demanding yet fascinating. It offered lot of scope to play with the sound as the novel involves forests and stories on hunting. We had to create the environment of forest and its surroundings with sound,” he said.

The book instance narrates the story of a tiger that was responsible for killing 400 people. Besides,the novel also contains information on flora,fauna and village life.

The project was initiated by Snovel Inc which was set up by city-based trio Sameer Dhamangoankar,Vaibhav Kulkarni and Ashish Joshi. Although working in different professions,they run Snovel Inc for their common passion for Marathi literature. In the past,they have launched sound novels based on D B Mokashi’s Kathamokashi and Prabhakar Pendharkar’s Rarang Dhaang

to name a few.

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