Sheetal Sathe is the Backbone of the Kabir Kala Manch, a spirited musical troupe which emerged in 2002 after the Gujarat Riots.This leftist cultural group, with students and professionals as its members, drew its inspiration from Kabir’s poetry, and conveys its social message—of denouncing injustice and oppression—through public performances. Sheetal married outside her caste against her family wishes , but convinced her mother. The state doesn’t like their music. Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad is after all memebrs of Kabir Kala Manch , and they are underground because they have been accused of being in contact with Maoists. Her songs are about feminism, casteism, equality and unbridled capitalism. Two members are behind bars Deepak Dengle and Sidharth Bhonsale .
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- Ratna Pathak Shah- Speaks for Kabir Kala Manch (kabirkalamanch.wordpress.com)
- Anand Patwardhan- launches Kabir Kala Defence Committee (kabirkalamanch.wordpress.com)
- KKM defence Committee to meet CM for Kabir Kala Manch activists (kabirkalamanch.wordpress.com)
- Anand Patwardhan’s paean to Dalits, that took 14 years to compose (kractivist.wordpress.com)