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Spend the weekend with Kabir

DNPUN20637 | 11/13/2009 | Author : Rahul Chandawarkar | WC :453 | Art & Culture

Three-day Kabir Fest in city for cognoscenti

Chalo Hamara Des a three-day festival on poet-saint Kabir will be held in the city over the weekend. Films made on Kabir by noted documentary film-maker Shabnam Virmani and several music programmes will be screened at the fest.
The fest is being organised by city-based youth organisation Open Space in collaboration with the Either Or store and the Symbiosis Law School.
The four films that will be screened at the fest include, Chalo Hamara Des, a film in which two different people, dalit folk singer Prahlad Tipaniya and North American scholar Linda Hess speak about Kabir. The Had-Anhad film delves into the heart of divisive Hindu-Muslim politics of religion and nationalism, while Koi  Sunta Hai is a film which is an intensely personal narrative of the late classical singer, Pandit Kumar
Gandharva and the last film, Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, investigate the ironies and tensions between a secular and sacred Kabir.
The music programme which has also been organised as a part of the fest will showcase the varied talents of Mukhtiar Ali, a  Mirasi folk singer from Bikaner, who sings the poetry of Kabir, Mira and other Sufi poets like Bulleh Shah, Vijay Sardeshmukh, classical singer who has inherited the classical style of singing of Kabir from his late guru Pandit Kumar Gandharva and Mahesha Ram from the Meghval community of Rajasthan, who represents a hypnotic folk style.
In its statement released on Thursday, Open Space said, “The Kabir Festival is a wonderful opportunity to explore and celebrate the ideas of inclusion, pluralism, and cultural diversity through a quartet of four critically-acclaimed films on the life and work of the 15th century saint-poet. 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 Pandit Vijay Sardeshmukh.”
The festival which is being brought to Pune by the Kabir Project at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, is free for the public and is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Film shows
Chalo Hamara Des — Saturday, 5.20 pm to 7 pm
Koi Sunta Hai —  Saturday, 7.10 pm to 8.45 pm
Informal Q&A session with film-maker Shabnam Virmani between 8.50 to 9.30pm
Venue: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
Kabira Khada Bazar Mein— Sunday,11.50 am
Had-Anhad —12 pm to 1.45 pm
Informal discussions with filmmaker Shabnam Virmani — 1.50 pm to 2.15 pm
Venue: National Film Archive of India, Law College Road.
Music programmes
Music Concert by Mahesha Ramji— Monday, 5 pm to 6.30 pm
6.45pm to 7.45pm
Music Concert by Pt.Vijay Sardeshmukh
Music concert by Mukhtiar Ali —8 pm to 9 pm
Venue: Symbiosis Vishwa Bhawan, Senapati Bapat Road.
For details contact: Rakesh: 09921090931/Aditi 09823464048 or Open Space:020-2545-7371.

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