An interstellar Raga From India
12 billion miles away from Earth, Kesarbai Kerkar's song Jaat Kahan Ho echoes on a golden record. 38 years of space travel and 12 billion celestial miles later, the haunting raga bhairavi, Hindustani classical rendition ‘Jaat Kahan Ho’ has been immortalised alongside the greatness of Chuck Berry, Mozart and Bach on the fateful Golden record. It is the only song from India that made it on the record and is now wandering through unexplored terrains of outer space till perhaps, the end of time.
Kesarbai Kerkar might as well be singing the final piece of ‘bandish’ or composition of her own existence. ‘Jaat Kahan Ho akeli gori’ or ‘Where are you going all alone, fair maiden?’ launched into outer space in the very year of her demise.
Upon chasing the fabled spirit of Kesarbai Kekar for almost a month, we at Untold finally arrived at her shadow under the blazing summer sun of Goa’s tropical plantations.Among the pictures you see is Shalaka Kerkar in her great grand aunt’s house. Shalaka, who might as well be an Interstellar metamorphosis of Kesarbai Kerkar.