“Dhai Akhar Prem Ke” The Kabir Festival Mumbai! A Festival of Music, Song, Film and Discussion February 17-19, 2012!
The Kabir Festival 2011!o! The first Kabir festival was held in Mumbai in January 2011o! 20 run up events with individual schools, colleges, communities and NGOs introduced the message of Kabir to around 3000 young people across the city of Mumbai.
The Kabir Festival 2011!o! 10 public events during the 3 main festival days at 8 different venues in different parts of Mumbai to make the festival accessible for as many people as possible.o! Coverage by most mainstream newspapers.o! 56 artists from various parts of India participated.o! More than 6000 people were touched in one way or the other by the festival
Kabir Vani!o! Kabir is the voice telling you to listen to your soul, trusting that and acting on that trust is the only way to live in this world of today.o! There is a need to keep alive the voice of Kabir in a world full of temptation, greed and self destructive hunger for money , power and the so called prestige & position.o! The space for Kabir Vani - the open Satsang is a powerful medium to connect people at the human level and to connect oneself to the inner voice.o! We listen to songs of true love that expose our ridiculous posturing. We walk away humbled by the world view we have been mirrored in. An experience to cherish and a memory to live by!
Why Kabir Today? !o! The answer would be .. “because nothing has changed..!o! Religious discord, exploitation, hatred, greed, corruption, social evils ....everything still exists.o! Though separated by centuries, the society Kabir lived in is quite similar in nature to the one we live in today.o! The simple and profound meaning of the pithy couplets, the ever relevant dohas makes him one of the most frequently quoted poets even today.o! The universal relevance of Kabir Vani is due to the fact that human nature-which he understood so well- continues to remain the same.
Kabir Festival –the missiono! Juxtaposing Kabir with Mumbai creates a sweet irony - This modern metropolis is no different in many ways from Kabir’s Benares ! The slums rubbing shoulders with the ever sprouting concrete skyscrapers is a constant divide , but so is the ghetto mentality of the slumbering city.o! The festival aims to break these boundaries with Satsang. The Festival is , therefore, - held in public places - encourages the spirit of volunteerism - promotes the values of equality - ensures the transparency of action
The Kabir ProjectThis is a 6-year initiative undertaken by filmmakerShabnam Virmani . In 2002 she started traveling withfolk singers in Malwa, Rajasthan and Pakistan in aquest for the spiritual and socio-political resonances ofthe 15th century mystic poet Kabir in our contemporaryworlds.Four Documentary films and audio recordings of Folkmusicians singing the message of Kabir in differentstyles have been the result of the work undertaken bythe Kabir Project and these have formed the basis of theKabir Festivals that are being organized in differentparts of India since then.
Singers Prahlad Tipanya is one of the most compellingfolk voices of Kabir in India today who combinessinging and explanation of Kabir in the Malwifolk style from Madhya Pradesh. He has touredthe US, and in Feb 2008 was felicitated with theSangeet Natak Akademi Award.
Singers! Mukhtiar Ali is a Mirasi folk singer from Bikaner and blends the Rajasthani folk idiom with refined classicism, singing the poetry of Kabir, Mira and other Sufi poets like Bulleh Shah. He made his Europe debut in July 2007.
Singers! Mooralala Marwada is a folk singer from Kutch district of Gujarat in western India, and sings the poetry of Kabir along with other poets such as Mira, Ravidas and also the Sufi Sindhi poet Shah Abdul Lateef Bhitai.
The Films! Chalo Hamara Des: Journeys with Kabir and Friends (Dur: 98 min) This film is a journey in search of Kabirs "des! or country and unfolds through the interwoven narratives of two people from two very different countries – Dalit folk singer Prahlad Tipaniya and North American scholar Linda Hess
The Films! Kabira Khada Bazar Mein: Journeys with Sacred and Secular Kabir (Dur: 94 min) This film investigates the ironies and tensions between secular and sacred Kabir, interweaving the sacralization of Kabir by the Kabir Panth with the secular appropriation of the same poet by the activist group Eklavya.
The Films! Had-Anhad: Journeys with Ram and Kabir (Dur: 103 min) 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.
The Films! Koi Sunta Hai: Journeys with Kumar and Kabir (Dur: 96 min) This film interweaves the oral folk traditions of Kabir in central India with the intensely personal narrative of the late classical singer Kumar Gandharva.
Festival Programme!The Kabir Festival Mumbai 2012 will consist of three days of publicevents featuring :o!Kabir renditions by folk Singers along with some explanations of thepoetry being sung.o!Documentary film screening followed by interactive discussions andquestion answer sessions.o!Talks by eminent speakers, Panel discussions, Poetry reading etc .
!Koi sunta hai!"! !sang Kabir, 600 years ago…! "Someone is listening! A guru, a wise one!! This festival is an opportunity to listen. To make the connect between Kabir’s words and our day-to-day acts, …the social, spiritual and political choices… we’re all enmeshed in.The festival is an opportunity for immersion, provocation, reflection and enjoyment. It is food for mind and it is food for soul. .
Money Matters!o! The estimated cost of the festival 2012 is Rs.12.00 lacso! We propose to raise these funds by contributions from Corporate houses as well as from Individuals who feel such a festival is important to strengthen the heart & soul of Mumbai. We also seek partnerships from various organizations in order to take this festival forward.o! All contributions will be eligible for exemption under 80G.
Sponsorship!Lead Sponsorship fee – Rs 7.00 lacsBenefits : Branding on all stages/locations ( subject to venuerules) and on all collaterals including website and the festivalfilm .Co-sponsor fee –Rs 3.00 lacsBenefits : Branding on all stages/locations ( subject to venuerules) and on all collaterals including website .Supporter - Rs.1.00 lacsBenefit :Mention on all Collaterals.( All contributions will be eligible to exemption under 80G)
Partnership!Publicity Partnero! Print Partner : To handle entire publicity of the festival in the Print mediao! TV Partner :To promote the festival at regular intervals and to provide live coverage of the festival on your channel.o! Radio Partner: To publicize the festival by means of RJ mentions as well as airing kabir music and interviews of their band.o! Hoardings and Bus Back Panels: To provide advertizing space to promote the Kabir festival.o! Digital Media Partners: To publicize the Kabir festival through media screens.
Partnership!Travel PartnerTo sponsor the Train tickets for all artists and flight ticket of filmDirector and internal transportation of the artist on event days ( 4SUVs) from 17th to 20th February 2012.Hospitality PartnerTo provide accommodation to all artists (30 nos) from 17th to 20thFebruary 2012.Catering PartnerTo arrange for food for all artists and up to 10 volunteers during thethree days of the festival.
The Invitation!The festival would be an opportunity for audiences to experience the joy of Kabir in song , music ,cinema & poetry, while engaging with the radically transformative power of his poetry.It would offer a powerful encounter with the highly relevant philosophy of Kabir, hopefully generating moments of critical self-awareness coupled with reflections on the current social, moral and cultural fabric of the society . For further information please contact Priti Turakhia - +91 9619881102, email@example.com Falguni Desai - +91 9820380105, firstname.lastname@example.org Kavita Anand, +91 9821318733, email@example.com www.thekabirfest.com