Kabir Festival

Open Space, in collaboration with
Either Or and Symbiosis Law School,  brings you the
Festival of Kabir in Films, Music & Conversations.

chalohamaradeshThe Kabir Festival is a wonderful opportunity to explore and celebrate the
ideas of inclusion, pluralism, and cultural diversity through a quartet of
four critically-acclaime d films by Shabnam Virmani on the life and work of
the15th century saint-poet, the myriad ways in which Kabir lives on in the
subcontinent, and the relevance of Kabir in a 21st century India that is
being increasingly divided along religion, caste and class lines.

The screenings will culminate in a unique music concert that brings together
some of the finest folk-classical- sufi voices of Kabir — Mukhtiar Ali,
Mahesha Ram and Pt Vijay Sardeshmukh.

Entry for all events is free and on a first-come first-served basis.

The Festival is being brought to Pune by the Kabir Project at Srishti School
of Art, Design and Technology.
About the films
*Chalo Hamara Des: Journeys with Kabir and Friends: A journey in search
of Kabir’s “des ” or country unfolds through the narratives of two people
from two very different countries – dalit folk singer Prahlad Tipaniya and
North American scholar Linda Hess.

Had-Anhad: Journeys with Ram and Kabir- Delves into the heart of
divisive Hindu-Muslim politics of religion and nationalism, probing the
forces of history that have created disputatiously diverse Rams, while also
spawning many Kabirs.

Koi Sunta Hai: Journeys with Kumar and Kabir- Interweaves the oral folk
traditions of Kabir in central India with the intensely personal narrative
of the late classical singer Kumar Gandharva. The film journeys between folk
and classical music, between rural and urban expressions of Kabir.

Kabira Khada Bazar Mein: Journeys with Sacred and Secular
Kabir:-Investigates the ironies and tensions between secular and
sacred Kabir,
interweaving the sacralisation of Kabir by the Kabir Panth with the secular
appropriation of the same poet by the activist group Eklavya.
About the musicians
Mukhtiar Ali[- is a Mirasi folk singer from Bikaner and blends the
Rajasthani folk idiom with refined classicism, singing the poetry of Kabir,
Mira and other Sufi poets like Bulleh Shah. Through the Kabir Project,
Mukhtiar was spotted by world music circuits and made his Europe debut in
July 2007.

Vijay Sardeshmukh– is a classical singer who has inherited the stark yet
refined *nirgun* classical style of singing Kabir from his late guru, Pt.
Kumar Gandharva.

Mahesha Ram-from the Meghval community of Rajasthan, represents a hypnotic
folk style typical of the traditional carriers of Kabir’s poetry through the
oral traditions of all-night jagrans and satsangs.

Programme Schedule

Day 1: Saturday – 14th November 2009
Event: Film screening: Chalo Hamara Des; Journeys with Kabir and Friends
(Dur:98 min)
Time: 5.20pm to 7.00pm
Event: *Film Screening; Koi Sunta Hai: Journeys with Kumar and Kabir (Dur:
94 min)
*Time:* 7.10pm to 8.45pm*
Informal Q&A session with filmmaker Shabnam Virmani between 8.50 to 9.30pm
Venue: *Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Law College Road,
Pune – 411004

Day 2 Sunday – 15th November 2009

Event: Film Screening: Kabira Khada Bazar Mein: Journeys with Sacred and
Secular Kabir  (Dur: 94 min) Time: 10.15am to 11.50am
Event: Film Screening: Had Anhad: Journeys with Ram and Kabir (Dur: 102
Time: 12.00pm to 1.45pm.
Informal discussions with filmmaker Shabnam Virmani, Time: 1.50pm to 2.15pm
Venue: National Film Archives of India (NFAI) Law College Road, Pune-

Day 3 Monday – 16th November 2009
Marathon music concert presenting Kabir’s verses in diverse styles
Event: Introduction, followed by Music Concert by Mahesha Ramji
Time: 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Event: Music Concert: Pt.Vijay Sardeshmukh
Time: 6.45pm to 7.45pm
Event:Music concert: Mukhtiar Ali
Time: 8.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue: Symbiosis Vishwa Bhawan, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411004

Kabir Project: www.kabirproject. org
For further information on the festival contact:
Rakesh – 0-9921090931
Aditi – 0-9823464048
Open Space – 020-25457371


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