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.
Date: Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Weitz Center for Creativity Theatre, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Series: Politics, Poetics and Piety: Voices from India's Margins - Two events honoring the work of Professor Eleanor Zelliot, Laird Bell Professor of History, emerita.
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.
Sponsored by: Asian Studies, Religion, History, CAMS and the Zelliot Endowment for South Asian Art and Culture
The performance is free and open to the public. If you would like to reserve your free tickets, check the Carleton Asian Studies events site.