For Kabir Kala Manch art is much more than a medium of entertainment. It’s a tool to denounce injustice, mobilise the oppressed, prepare them for struggle, create consciousness and bring about positive change.
The manch, which is a group of students and professionals, has been making people aware on various social issues through their forceful shahiri and street plays in the city.
The group comprises writers, composers and talented performers who impress the audience with their thoughtful compositions and presentations.
The Gujarat riots in 1992 inspired the artistes to come together and use their art for awareness. Drawing inspiration from Kabir’s compositions, with social messages, they chose to name their group after the sant who has commented on various issues in his dohas.
But Last year , ATS booked two members of the Pune-based Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), and other memebers have been forced to go undergroudn due to fear of the Police. Hence, Kabir Kala Manch Defense Committee, has been formed by activists and film makers, this is an open platform, as a support for all artistes and cultural activists in the country who are facing state repression.
- Anand Patwardhan’s paean to Dalits, that took 14 years to compose (kractivist.wordpress.com)
- Immediate Release-Hunger strike by more than 200 political prisoners in Maharashtra (kractivist.wordpress.com)
- Jai Bhim, Comrade – a film by Anand Patwardhan (newredindian.wordpress.com)