Screening: 3rd i NY Presents: Koi Sunta Hai: (Someone is Listening) Journeys with Kumar and Kabir

Tue, April 26, 2011 7:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts & 3rd i NY Collbaorative Monthly Screening Series presents:

Koi Sunta Hai /Someone is Listening - Journeys with Kumar and Kabir (Shabnam Virmani, Documentary, 96 min, India, Hindi, Malwi with English Subtitles)

Suggested Donation: $5-$10. Free for Alwan members.

Introduction by Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Director of Women's and Gender Studies and Professor of English at Montclair State University, as well accomplished poet, singer, and author.

About the Film

Interweaving the folk music traditions of the mystic poet Kabir with the life and music of the late classical singer Kumar Gandharva, this film searches for that elusive sound, that jhini si awaaz, Kabir urges us to hear. Where does it resonate, that subtle sound? Journeying between folk and classical, oral and written, rural and urban expressions of this 15th century mystic poet of north India, the film finds moments of both continuity and rupture between these disparate worlds.

This is one of four feature documentaries in theKabir Projectwhich brings together the experiences of a series of ongoing journeys in quest of this 15th century north Indian mystic poet in our contemporary worlds. Started in 2003, these journeys inquire into the spiritual and socio-political resonances of Kabir’s poetry through songs, images and conversations. We journey through a stunning diversity of social, religious and musical traditions which Kabir inhabits, exploring how his poetry intersects with ideas of cultural identity, secularism, nationalism, religion, death, impermanence, folk and oral knowledge systems. The core inspiration of the project is music, and Kabir comes alive in documentary films, ten audio CDs and poetry books through the power of song (

This project is a 6-year initiative undertaken by filmmaker Shabnam Virmani, who is artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. The project is supported by the Ford Foundation, New Delhi.

About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

Our Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYSCA and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2011-09-12 10:57:38

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