Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein - Kriti Film Club specials@IHC - 26 May 2016

Kriti Film Club is showcasing another gem from our collection of music themed documentaries this year. This screening is being held in solidarity with the May Day month and you are invited.

After receiving much appreciation and demand for screenings of the Kabir Project, the Kriti Film Club invities you for another award winning documentary by Director, Shabnam Virmani.

Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein
(Journeys with Sacred & Secular Kabir)

7 pm onwards
26 May 2016 (Thursday)
Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003

The film will be followed by a discussion.

About the Film: In 15th century north India, the mystic weaver Kabir spoke his poems in the market place, his spirituality firmly grounded in the public square. 600 years after his time, Kabir is found in both spaces – sacred and secular. This film interweaves his deification by the Kabir Panth sect with his secular appropriation by the social activist group Eklavya. The story unfolds through the life of Prahlad Tipanya, a Dalit singer whose participation in both domains, begins to raise difficult questions for him about ritual and organized religion. 

About the Filmmaker: Shabnam Virmani, is a documentary film maker 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 (When Women Unite and Tu Zinda Hai, Bol series among others) and also co-directed an award-winning community radio program with the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan in Gujarat. Virmani began her career as a sub-editor in The Times of India in Jaipur in 1987. A few months later she made journalistic history when she filed the Sati story on what happened in Deorala village, Rajasthan. The next year she won a scholarship to do a Masters degree in Development Communication at the Cornell University, United States. She tried her hand at filmmaking there and her 20-minute student film"Have a Nice Day," was a personal narrative of her alienation, as an Indian student trying to come to terms with North American culture. Shabnam Virmani is the director of the Kabir Project. Started in 2003, the Kabir project brings together the experiences of a series of journeys in quest of this 15th century mystic poet in our contemporary worlds. It consists of documentary films, 2 folk music videos and 10 music CDs accompanied by books of the poetry in translation. The filmsjourney into contemporary spaces touched by his music and poetry. In her films, Shabnam juxtaposes the urban and the rural, the Indian and the foreign, the classical and the folk, and the secular and the sacred, in their many approaches to Kabir and the search for a universal voice.

About the Film Club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access space for documentary films.

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Note: Films and Music from the Kabir Project will be available at the screening event and can also be ordered online via