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the atrocity of caste | a tradition of reason | a song that will be sung 

Introduced by Anand Patwardhan

Sat. Mar 2 

2 -6pm  MIT 32- 155

Followed by QA with director

 co-sponsored by:

MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies
MIT History Department
South Asia Forum at MIT

Ambedkar International Center (Boston)
The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia

In 1997, a statue of Ambedkar in a Dalit (Untouchable) colony in Mumbai was desecrated. Ambedkar was a central figure in the Dalit liberation movement in India. As angry residents gathered, police opened fire, killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist  poet, hanged himself in protest.

Jai Bhim Comrade, shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of a subaltern tradition of reason that has, from the days of the Buddha, fought superstition and religious bigotry with poetry and art.

With their mix of revolutionary politics and Dalit liberation, the artists' collective Kabit Kala Manch has been subject to intense State repression. Many of the artists featured in the film are now underground to escape arrest. For more info

Anand Patwardhan has been making investigative documentaries in India for over four decades. His films have often faced state censorship and the wrath of religious fundamentalists.