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Film Screening of Bheetar Lagi

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Date(s) - 7 Oct 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Bheetar Lagi: Ramayana songs from the desert. (30 mins)


As part of Kiski Kahani: The Ramayana Project, we travelled to Rajasthan to meet the Manganiyars. Our film Bheetar Lagi: Ramayana songs from the desert, tells the story of this community of musicians, their lives in and out of music and their culture which embodies the pluralism and diversity of India, a pluralism that generations of India and took for granted, but which is increasingly being threatened today.

The Manganiyars, who are Muslim, live in and around the Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Barmer districts. Their songs are transmitted orally and apart from the epics, their repertoire ranges from tales of Alexander the Great to stories of local rajas and their battles. The Manganiyars sing the story of Rama in the form of Ram bhajans, drawing from the poetry of Kabir, Surdas, Mirabai, Bihari and Tulsidas. Their songs are firmly based in classical ragas and are accompanied by local folk instruments like the kamaicha and the dholak. However, these versatile singers do not follow the tight framework of the classical system. Rather, their music flows effortlessly from one raga to another.

Venue:  grubshup, Law College Road, Pune.

Time: 10:00 am

Date: 7 October, 2012

This event is free and open to everyone


Bookings are closed for this event.