Neha Lohia’s “Devi Song: Unmasked Goddess – A Journey of Empowerment” transcends boundaries, unites cultures, and inspires women to shed their masks and embrace their inner strength.
The music video ‘Devi Song: Unmasked Goddess – A Journey of Empowerment’ was released in mid-October, timed with Navratri, the Indian festival dedicated to the Mother Goddess.
Filmmaker Neha Lohia conceptualized, produced, and directed the music video, infusing it with her passion for women’s empowerment.
This project unites talents from around the world to celebrate the power of the feminine in all its forms and is set to captivate audiences worldwide. Neha Lohia has joined forces with acclaimed Bollywood actress Rituparna Sengupta, award winning singer Swapnali Gaikwad, and a team of globally renowned artists and technicians to present the music video and song.
The video’s international cast includes Rituparna Sengupta as the main protagonist (Shakti), Switzerland’s TV sensation Ankita Makwana as the Inner Dark Goddess, American model Christine Mendes as the Inner Light Goddess, Hollywood actress Holly Zuelle as the Inner Warrior Goddess, classical dancer Nirupama Chandrashekhar as the Inner Dancer, 93-year-old classically trained Indranila as the Inner Ancestor, and baby Elina Annmary Kurian as the Inner Child, all playing various facets of Shakti, a press release said.
Swapnali Gaikwad, the gifted singer of the song, collaborated with the uber talented musician, composer, and lyricist Rajan Sarvade to create a resonant and evocative composition that perfectly complements the video’s message. Their deep understanding of Neha Lohia’s vision helped shape the song into a powerful anthem for women everywhere and for eternity.
The video showcases the chaos of modern life. As the masked protagonist journeys through the busy cities of the outer world, she turns inwards to journey in her own inner realms where she encounters a young girl, a little version of herself and her simple yet profound act of unmasking sparks a transformative journey for Shakti, the protagonist. Shakti encounters her inner realms up close and personal—the inner child who unmasks her, then comes up the inner dark goddess who brings forth the abuse, the inner warrior jumps forth to remind her that she can stand up and fight for herself even with her own darkness. Then her inner light goddess comes forth and shows her that fighting isn’t necessary and she can stand up without any weapon by the powers of grace in her already. Just then her inner dancer jumps forth reminding her of the dance that is in her, also the joy and the exuberance.
Remembering, she breaks into an intense moment of realization where she understands that wearing one of these masks wouldn’t work any more and she needs to integrate all her parts into one and she calls them forth, when the great inner ancestor mother shows up too to bless her from the entire lineage—as she integrates all these facets of herself.
The video culminates in a breathtaking dance of empowerment by Shakti, surrounded by swirling bursts of red as a powerful symbolism of Shakti that she is and that all women are.
Neha Lohia elaborates on the message of the music video: “Nari Shakti is the embodiment of the divine feminine, and through ‘Devi Song: Unmasked Goddess,’ we pay homage to the Adi Shakti, the Mother Goddess who resides in every woman. This project is an invitation to drop all weapons, drop all masks, unleash the boundlessness of the all-encompassing integrated feminine and embrace the Shakti that lies within us all. I hope this musical odyssey inspires women to walk in this world in grace and heal it with their whole presence of the integrated self.”
Significantly, the lead actress, Rituparna Sengupta, hails from Bengal, where Durga Puja holds immense cultural importance. Neha Lohia along with her counterparts in India from an independent music label After Dream Entertainment are taking the leap of faith to release and distribute ‘Devi Song’ and hope to find support from devotees, women, viewers and people of all races and cultures to further amplify the reach and impact of the message in the video and the song.
Rituparna Sengupta said, “This project is a very unique global collaboration celebrating women’s Shakti through a powerful anthem and music video by Neha and it features me as Shakti who represents every woman and brings forth every emotion, fear and aspect of ‘her’. The entire cast joined me to bring alive my own inner integration while filming was done in New York under the direction of Neha and the powerful music was created in India.”
About Neha Lohia
Neha Lohia is an award-winning filmmaker and director deeply committed to women’s empowerment and upliftment of consciousness. Her acclaimed work bridges cultural divides and inspires women to embrace their innate strength. With notable projects like “Yashodhara: The Buddha’s Wife” and upcoming endeavors such as the animated film “The Voice of Spirit” and the documentary “Who Am I?” featuring luminaries like Deepak Chopra and Krishnadas, Neha showcases her dedication to powerful storytelling.
Her latest venture, “Devi Song: Unmasked Goddess – A Journey of Empowerment,” epitomizes her mission to celebrate the multifaceted power of femininity.
Through unique global collaborations, Neha crafts films, anthems and music videos that resonate with audiences worldwide. Her creative vision encourages individuals to unmask their inner strength and bring healing and grace to the world through their fully integrated selves. More at: www.nehalohia.com