[Reader-list] Invitation | Screening of "Had-Anhad" by Shabnam Virmani

rohitrellan at aol.in rohitrellan at aol.in
Tue Jun 24 03:39:15 CDT 2014

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) invites you for the screening of "Had-Anhad" by Shabnam Virmani on 27th June, 2014 at 6.00 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus (address: No. 197/36, 2nd Main, Sadashivnagar, Bangalore - 560080). Shabnam Virmani will be present for the discussion after the screening of the film.

Had-Anhad: Journeys with Ram and Kabir (Dur: 103 min)

Kabir was a 15th century mystic poet of North India, who defied the boundaries between Hindu and Muslim. He had a Muslim name and upbringing, but his poetry repeatedly invokes the widely revered Hindu name for God – Ram. Who is Kabir’s Ram? This film journeys through song and poem into the politics of religion, and finds a myriad answers on both sides of the hostile border between India and Pakistan.

1st Prize (shared), One Billion Eyes Documentary Film Festival, August 2008, Chennai
Silver Trophy, Best Film: Non-Fiction, Indian Documentary Producers' Association Awards, 2009

Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, Nov 5-9, New York, USA

World Performing Arts Festival, Nov, 2008, Lahore, Pakistan

Bangalore International Film Festival, Jan, 2009, Bangalore, India
Kala Ghoda Festival, Feb, 2009, Mumbai
Inaugural film, VIBGYOR International Film Festival, Feb, 2009, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (as Juror’s work), Nov 2009
 Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala, June 2010
Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Oct 2010
Telecast twice on NDTV-24/7television channel, India

 Shabnam is a filmmaker and artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. In 2003 she started travelling with folk singers in Malwa, Rajasthan and also Pakistan in a quest for the spiritual and socio-political resonances of the 15th century mystic poet Kabir in our contemporary worlds. Among the tangible outcomes of these journeys were a series of 4 musical documentary films, several music CDs and books of the poetry in translation. Currently she is working on creating a web-archive of Kabir and other mystic, Sufi and Bhakti poetry & music. She continues to journey and draw inspiration not only from Kabir, but also other mystic poets of the sub-continent and the oral folk traditions that carry them to us (www.kabirproject.org). Her earlier work consisted of several video and radio programs created in close partnership with grassroots women’s groups in India. She has directed several award-winning documentaries and radio programs in close partnership with grassroots women’s groups in India. In 1990, she co-founded the Drishti Media, Arts and Human Rights collective in Ahmedabad.

Her work with the Kabir Project was recently awarded the Chishti Harmony Award in December 
2013, for contributing to communal harmony and inter-faith understanding the country. 

Inspired by the inclusive spirit of folk music, Shabnam took up playing the 5-stringed tambura herself and now sings a wide repertoire of folk songs of Kabir and other mystic poets.


Warm regards,
Yashodara Udupa
Sr. associate - Media Lab
Indian Institute for Human Settlements
yudupa at iihs.ac.in


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