Prem Sanyas - Light of Asia
Prem Sanyas (Light of Asia), Franz Osten & Niranjan Pal (1929)
Live musical accompaniment, Divana
Prem Sanyas Light of Asia is this chef d'Oeuvre of silent movie directed by Franz Osten in 1929
The Divana will perform and accompany the movie.
This movie tells the story of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the man who would gain enlightenment and become Buddah. As a young man, Prince Gautama knew no sadness or distress. There was a prophesy that the prince would one day renounce his throne and willingly become a pauper. To avoid this, his father, the King, gave the prince every luxury he could think of. The prince grows up happily, and even marries a young beauty, Gopa. The two newlyweds live in a "golden prison," a magnificent palace set in a lake where the wilted flowers were plucked off of the plants every evening and no sorrow was allowed.
Even though he was quite content in his palace, Gautama became dissatisfied. He decided to take a tour of the local city. Though all of the beggars, ill and old people were ordered off the street, Gautama left his carriage and discovered an old man who was sick and dying. Having never encountered illness or advanced age, he was astounded to discover that this was an aspect of life. Realizing that all people were fated to age and die, Gautama pondered this situation and finally made the choice that was predicted years earlier. He left his wife and palace, gave up all his worldly possessions and lived the life of a beggar. He wandered for a time, and eventually sat under a tree for 40 days and nights until he attained enlightenment.