[Reader-list] Screening of "Bidesia in Bambai" by Surabhi Sharma at IIHS, Bangalore

Subasri Krishnan subasrik at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 23 03:29:22 CDT 2013

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) invites you for the screening of “Bidesia in Bambai” by Surabhi Sharma on 25th September, 2013 at 5.30 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus (address: No. 197/36, 2nd Main, Sadashivnagar, Bangalore - 560080). The filmmaker will be present for the discussion after the screening of the film.


86 mins./ 2013/ Bhojpuri and Hindi / with English subtitles/ INDIA


Bidesia is Bhojpuri for ‘the one who leaves home’. One in four migrants in Mumbai is Bhojpuri, a people from the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Bambai is their name for Mumbai/Bombay.


The Bidesia in Bambai, like most migrants in this ‘global city’, inhabit its precarious edges. Mobile phones bridge a tenuous connection between home and the city. Along with his meagre belongings though, the migrant brings with him a vibrant musical culture. This music is frequently sexually charged, at times religious, often lyrical and occasionally political.


The Bidesia is both the subject of, and the audience for this music. Bidesia in Bambai is a feature-length film that attempts to make the migrant visible, in a city that renders him illegal and unwanted, in and through the musical sphere that he inhabits. This is a story of music, migration and mobile phones.

Produced and Directed by: Surabhi Sharma

Cinematography : Avijit Mukul Kishore

Additional Cinematography: Ajay Noronha

Sound : Suresh Rajamani

Editing: Monisha R. Baldawa

Sound Design: Mohandas V.P.

Titles and Poster Design: Chitra Venkatramani

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