Date: January, 2015
Venue: Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.
When Indian cinema started their themes were mythological and religious. Movies like ‘Pundlik’ (1912) by Dadasaheb Torne were ignored and judged as low creation. (low culture). From onwards globalised era movie actually around middle class-urban peoples. All narratives of the cinema were dominates the idea of urban middle class society.
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Venue: IIITD, Delhi
Dalits are among the many groups who face oppression by the growing capitalist upper caste population in India. According to the the caste system practised in India, Dalits are the most vulnerable because the notion of untouchability they are labelled with since birth. The liquor shop of Shirdi may not have practiced physical untouchability but Sagar’s identity – his ringtone became incidental to this inhuman crime. For Indians, Babasaheb Ambedkar is the face of identity leadership. Krantiba Phule , Siddhartha Buddha, Annabhau Sathe are among the few faces of Dalit 4 5 leadership. Celebration of their birth anniversaries in Maharashtra are observed through songs. Vandalisation and corrupting these celebrations become the rituals for dominant upper caste groups. Thus, songs are also equally nurtured with celebration and vandalisation. ‘Bhimacha Killa’ is not just a trigger but symbolised affect of songs.
Watch – Babasahebanchi Ringtone HERE. Watch – Bhimacha Killa HERE.
Venue: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Within the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari we see a tendency that points to the dangers that are associated with speculative leftism, we believe that it is now time to take up the question of “what are the actual dimensions of the revolution of solidarity that is underway?’ rather than “how is the revolution possible?”.
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