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Sheetal Sathe performing and reading Sachin Mali’s poetry at his book launch


Sheetal Sathe performed a few songs of revolution for the first time after being out on bail. This was at the launch of Sachin Mali’s poetry book at St. Xaviers Bombay. She also reads a few poems from Sachin’s book of poetry.


Sanctum Santorum (Kabir Kala Manch Performance)


Dalits who were oppressed and treated as “untouchables” by Hindu society for thousands of years today reject superstition and blind faith. This song and performance by the Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) was shot in 2010. Sometime after this footage was shot the police began harassing the KKM until they went underground. In April 2013 they did a non-violent protest outside the Maharashtra State Assembly and were arrested. Today three of them are out on bail while three others including the composer and singer of this song are still in jail, charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The Kabir Kala Manch Defence Committee (KKMDC) is fighting for their release from prison and for their freedom of expression. This music video apart from being a reminder of what the KKM stands for, is a timely reminder of the fact that India’s working majority are ready to abandon superstition for reason.