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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Film Screening

Mon, April 13, 2009 • 4:45 PM • Jessen Auditorium (HRH)

April 13-14th the Hindi Urdu Flagship will host a festival of both live and filmed performances of Kabir poetry and song. Events are free and open to the public.

Kabir defied the boundaries between Hindu and Muslim, refusing to be labeled himself and sharply criticizing sectarianism. His name and upbringing were Muslim but his poetry often uses Hindu concepts and Hindu names for God, especially Ram. This film journeys in search of the “Ram” invoked in Kabir's poetry, delving into the heart of divisive Hindu-Muslim politics of religion and nationalism, encountering singers and lay people in India and Pakistan, probing the forces of history and politics that have created disputatiously diverse Rams, while also spawning many Kabirs.

A reception and discussion with the filmmaker will be held in HRH 3.102 after the screening. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Hindi Urdu Flagship, ICCR, South Asia Institute, Butler School of Music and Stanford University Center for South Asia

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