Kachchh is a ‘border’ district of Gujarat, which has historically had a close relationship with Sindh, now in Pakistan. Prior to the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, the communities in this region, mostly pastoralists, moved freely across the Great Rann of Kachchh, between Kachchh and Sindh, in search of water and pastures. Until the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, the border between Kachchh and Sindh was a porous one, with frequent movement for trade and grazing. Sindh and Kachchh share common cultural traditions, drawing on Sufism and other traditions, as well as the same repertoire of poetry, folklore, embroidery, architectural practices and visual cultures.
The cultures of this arid region bear witness to this long history of migration and movement, and memories of translocation, partition and natural calamities). The cultural repertoire that the Jatts, the Meghwals and other communities draw upon includes the qafi or classical poetry of Sindh, much of it the work of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai (1689-1752) a Sufi poet, whose work has been passed down the generations through oral traditions, as also the verses of Kabir, a 15th century mystic weaver-poet. They form a rich tapestry of many traditions and faiths, an affirmation of the syncretic wisdom of the marginalised communities that live in this visually spectacular area.
The Trilogy of films is the outcome of the documentation of the musical and poetic traditions of pastoral communities, since 2008.
Anjali Monteiro | K.P. Jayasankar | Nilita Vachani | Sameera Jain | Shohini Ghosh | Surabhi Sharma
CeMIS (University of Göttingen)
February 7, 2022 Time: 4.00 – 6.00 PM
Khayal trust presents a screening of Identity- The Construction of Selfhood and Our Family by Anjali Bombay Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar. Followed by a conversation with the filmmakers and Neela Bhagwat and Amarendra Dhaneshwar.
Jan. 26, 2022
The 11th screening & discussion event of Crossings – the CeMIS (University of Göttingen) film festival online on December 20, 2021 at 4.00 PM CET/ 8.30 PM IST. Filmmakers Prateek Shekhar, Eshwarya Grover and Payal Kapadia will be in conversation with Anjali Monteiro and KP Jayasankar.
Screening and Discussion of Do Din Ka Mela and A Delicate Weave, at the event:
Roots and Changes – Gujarati Influences, 21 August 2021, Brent Museum, London.
Three Hundred and Sixty: Exploring the Poetics and Politics of Documentary Film, at the PhD Symposium:
Evidentiary Poetics, 27 April 2021, HDK Valand University of Gothenburg, Sweden