The event is being organised by the Kabir Kala Manch Defence Committee, which has taken up the cause of KKM. The Kabir Kala Manch is a Pune-based cultural troupe mainly consisting of Dalit youth from the region and many of it’s activists are behind the bars.
The CD album titled “Hi Amchi Gani-Amcha Gunha Kay?” contains spirited music, decked in folk-form is a compilation of 11 songs from their earlier two albums.
Activist-lawyer and journalist Kamayani Bali Mahabal said that the aims of the initiative is to make KKM songs available to people, provide legal counsel and support to KKM members. Apart from this the initiative plans to bring to light the cases against two members, Deepak Dengle and Siddharth Bhonsle who were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) .
“Today while Deepak Dengle and Siddharth Bhonsle are in prison, many other members including singer-poets Sheetal Sathe, Sagar Gorkhe and Sachin Mali have gone underground after threats from the police. “All are charged with being Naxalites by the Anti Terrorism Squad,” said Kamyani Bali Mahabal, urging Maharashtra Government to withdraw the cases.
The Kabir Kala Manch Defence Committee include activists like Anand Patwardhan, Bhai Vaidya, J V Pawar, Kamayani Bali Mahabal and Sambhaji Bhagat.