Songs of Longing and Liberation
Concert and lecture/demo by classical Hindustani musicians Kalapini Komkali(vocalist),Raya Korgaokar(harmonium) and Sanjay Deshpande(tabla).
Politics, Poetics and Piety: Voices from India's Margins - Two events honoring the work of Professor Eleanor Zelliot, Laird Bell Professor of History, emerita, will be held in The Weitz Center for Creativity (see dates of events below).
Professor Zelliot's acclaimed work on India spanned a broad range of topics and centuries. These two events seek to honor her commitment to documenting the poetics, piety and politics of dalits (oppressed castes), those who have often been relegated to the margins and whose histories and voices have often been forgotten. We take inspiration for these events from her extensive writing and research on the Indian saint traditions, as well as Ambedkar and the movements he inspired.
Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm Songs of Longing and Liberation (The Weitz Center for Creativity Theatre)
A lecture/demonstration concert by classical Hindustani musicians featuring the works of singer-saints, Kabir and Tukaram and the woman singer-saint, Mirabai whose poems of piety and protest are a part of a vibrant performance tradition that began in the Medieval period and continues through to this day.
Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00pm Screening of Jai Bhim Comrade (The Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema)
One of two Minnesota screenings of India's most notable and acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan, will be screening and speaking about his newest, award-winning film Jai Bhim Comrade: The atrocity of caste, a tradition of reason, a song that will be sung. India's Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as "untouchables". The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra's Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, it is both a record of recent history as well as eloquent testimony to a rationalist tradition that has survived amongst the subaltern for thousands of years.
The performance is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first-served. There will be a reception before the film at 6:00pm.
Sponsored by Asian Studies, History, Religion, Music and the Zelliot Endowment for South Asian Art and Culture. Contact: Sandy Saari, x4232