[Urbanstudy] Gentle Reminder: Bengaluru Talkies: (Screening) 'Where the Twain Shall Meet' on 3rd August @Paradigm Shift, Time: 6:00pm
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Sat Aug 2 07:22:12 CDT 2014
Bengaluru Talkies: (Screening) 'Where the Twain Shall Meet'
Paradigm Shift <https://www.facebook.com/paradigmshiftvegan> is excited to
invite you for the screening of documentary film 'Where the twain shall
meet' (Kitte Mil Ve Mahi) by Ajay Bhardwaj.
Synopsis: Punjab was partitioned on religious lines amidst widespread
bloodshed in 1947, and today there are hardly any Punjabi Muslims left in
the Indian Punjab. Yet, the Sufi shrines in the Indian part of Punjab
continue to thrive, particularly among so-called ‘low’ caste Dalits that
constitutes more than 30% of its population.
Kitte Mil Ve Mahi explores for the first time this unique bond between
Dalits and Sufism in India. In doing so it unfolds a spiritual universe
that is both healing and emancipatory. Journeying through the Doaba region
of Punjab dotted with shrines of sufi saints and mystics a window opens
onto the aspirations of Dalits to carve out their own space. This quest
gives birth to ‘little traditions’ that are deeply spiritual as they are
Enter an unacknowledged world of Sufism where Dalits worship and tend to
the Sufi Shrines. Listen to B.S. Balli Qawwal Paslewale – a first
generation Qawwal from this tradition. Join a fascinating dialogue with Lal
Singh Dil – radical poet, Dalit, convert to Islam. A living legend of the
Gadar movement, Bhagat Singh Bilga, affirms the new Dalit consciousness.
The interplay of voices mosaic that is Kitte Mil Ver Mahi (where the twain
shall meet), while contending the dominant perception of Punjab’s heritage,
lyrically hint at the triple marginalisation of Dalits: economic, amidst
the agricultural boom that is the modern Punjab; religious, in the
contesting ground of its ‘major’ faiths; and ideological, in the
intellectual construction of their identity.
About the film-maker: Ajay Bhardwaj is a documentary filmmaker based in
Delhi, currently pursuing a PhD in Asian Studies from the University of
British Columbia in Vancouver. He holds a Master’s degree in Political
Studies (from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) and in Mass
Communications (from the AJK Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia
Millia Islamia, Delhi).
Having worked in the thick of media for over two decades, Bhardwaj has been
making documentaries since 1997, starting with Ek Minute Ka Maun ( A Minute
of Silence), on the martyrdom of former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru
University’s student union Chandrashekhar Prasad, which exposed some of the
basic fault-lines of Indian politics and society.
Since 2002, while working on different themes, he has had a constant
engagement with the north-western state of Punjab, interrogating all its
mainstream narratives of culture, politics, history and identity. These
explorations have emerged in a documentary trilogy: Milange Babey Ratan De
Mele Te (Let’s Meet at Baba Ratan’s Fair); Rabba Hun Kee Kariye (Thus
Departed our neighbours) and Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (Where the Twain Shall
Meet). His documentaries have been screened at international film
festivals, academic conferences, and community and activist events.
The screening is open for all and yes, vegan cookies with lemon tea will be
waiting for you.
Venue: Paradigm Shift, 8, 80 Feet Road, Kormangala 4th Block, Near Sony
Date: 3rd August, 2014
email: kabirkhan1989 at gmail.com
email: maleccha at live.com
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