A young man, Kris (Christopher Gurusamy) shows up at a remote Indian ashram, looking for his father. The young woman, Valli (Sudharma Vaithiyanathan) recognizes him. So does her mother (Ashwini Pratap Pawar). He brushes their warm welcome off. “I’m looking for my father.”
But his father, a Westerner named Jon, is away. And Kris is touchy about waiting for him to come back. Still, the women and their fond memories of him convince him to stay.
Kris finds himself watching this performing arts ashram online debate and rehearse their planned take on the classic Indian tale, the Ramayana, written “in Sanskrit, the language of the gods!” The debate is over whether to update the sexist story and their traditional symbolic dance (India’s version of ballet, opera and Noh theater) or to give the people what they want.
The full story of “His Father’s Voice” is told in three time frames — 17 years ago, when Kris and his parents Jon and Clara (Jeremy Roske and Julia Koch) settled into this life of music and contemplation, mostly at Jon’s insistence.
Jon’s a post-hippy blonde European with a little guitar, a lot of songs in his heart as he makes a sort of spiritual quest. His Indo-Austrian wife puts on a brave face, but this isn’t her idea of an exciting life. Free download movie from filmxy.