Detail from Flute of Krishna, No. 4
Performed to music by Cyril Scott, with sets and costumes by Norman Edwards, the cast included Thelma Biracree, Constance Finkel, Betty Macdonald (Three Dancing Girls), Robert Ross (Krishna), and Evelyn Sabin (Rhada). Susanne Vivanti also was identified as a performer in a February 1926 review. The Flute of Krishna was performed at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester on May 9, 1926.
Martha Graham provided the choreography for students from the Eastman School of Music for this color film that was made by Eastman Kodak and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. At the time, Mamoulian was associated with the Eastman School of Drama; he later became a noted Hollywood film director.
In an interview with Lydia Barton for Stage & Screen (February 1926), Graham talked about her vision for the film. "[T]he groupings, and the sense of movement, are being done with the knowledge that the camera is before us. I am relying upon this to carry over the thing I want to say, and there must be no sudden movement of any kind--nothing remotely resembling ballet, because it is a story, first of all, and as all life is danced and because all life is rhythm, it is so shown."