The Kabir Festival at Kitab Khana
About the sessions at Kitab Khana
Do join us on January 20, 2018 as we bring to you a small part of the Kabir Festival at the bookstore. We have two performances in the evening between 5pm - 7pm. The first Shagun Nirgun is Shruthi Vishwanath on the vocals, Yuji Nakagawa on the sarangi and Shruteendra Katagade on the Tabla. The second is a performance on Kabira’s dohas by Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipaniya.
About the Kabir Festival
The Kabir Festival, Mumbai, first organized in 2011, has become an annual feature in Mumbai. It has grown and spread through the efforts of a community of likeminded people who have lent their time efforts and money to make this a Festival wholly driven by volunteerism and funded by the community.
The community is bound in its belief that the mystic poets of the sub-continent, like Kabir, Bulleh Shah, Tukaram, Meerabai, et all, have in their poetry, a message which is, perhaps even more relevant to our times than their own. The Festival is an attempt to re-connect urban audiences with the voices of the mystics, and through their poetry, to spread their message of love, brotherhood, compassion, tolerance and honest self-examination. We bring the poetry to the people through performances of various rural artists who have carried it through the oral tradition and the urban artists who have been inspired by it to create a newer idiom of presentation. Through song, storytelling, dance and film, we bring audiences to a closer understanding of the life and poetry of the Mystics. We feel a profound need to keep alive the voices of the Mystics, in a world fueled by greed, obsessed with wealth and power, driven by anger and hatred. The city is riddled with boundaries drawn by differences of faith, geographical origins, wealth and power, constantly keeping us apart. The Festival seeks to erase these boundaries through the voices of the Mystics.
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