Screening: Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein / Journeys With Sacred & Secular Kabir

Tue, April 21, 2009 7:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas

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Alwan for the Arts & 3rd i NY Collaborative Monthly Film Series
in conjunction with South Asia Solidarity Initiative present

Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein /Journeys With Sacred & Secular Kabir (Shabnam Virmani, India, 94 min, Hindi with English ST))
One of four feature documentaries of the Kabir Project

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Poems by Kabir, read by Ram Dass:


Kabir was a great 15th century mystical poet from Varanasi who is still enormously popular and influential. A provocative and challenging figure who can't be pinned down by any religious label, he is admired by Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, secularists, and atheists. His presence today can be sought in multiple social, religious, and political locations, and in vibrantly diverse forms of music. This film investigates the ironies and tensions between sacred and secular Kabir, interweaving the sacralization of Kabir by the Kabir Panth (an organized sect of the followers of Kabir) with the secular appropriation of the same poet by the social activist group Eklavya. The story unfolds through the life of Prahlad Singh Tipanya, a Dalit singer whose participation in the Panth and Eklavya begins to raise difficult questions for him about ritual and organized religion.


Shabnam Virmani is director of the Kabir Project, a documentary filmmaker and artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore since 2002. Co-founder of the Drishti Media Arts and Human Rights collective [], she has directed several documentaries in close partnership with grassroots women’s groups in the country, some of which have won awards. In 2002, she co-directed an award-winning community radio program with the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan in Gujarat

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South Asia Solidarity Initiative aims to challenge the impact of the US establishment and the diaspora that reinforces and supports reactionary and repressive politics in South Asia. We engage in the US public sphere on issues related to South Asia and aim to engender a progressive dialogue within the diaspora communities. SASI builds on decades of South Asian progressive politics of solidarity within the United States for peace and reconciliation, inter-ethnic and inter-religious co-existence as well as social and economic justice in South Asia.

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3rd i NY & Alwan Collaborative Monthly Screening Series are made possible in part through support from The Fund for Creative Creative Communities administered through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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