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Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed writes about my films in Daily Times

Parts I, II  and III of ‘Sufism and the East Punjab Dalit assertion‘ by Professor Ishtiaq Ahmed, published in Daily Times. It talks extensively about my films.

This fact dawned upon me in a most powerful manner when I saw documentaries on this subject by an exceptionally talented and enlightened filmmaker, Ajay Bhardwaj (a Brahmin). His remarkable contribution comprises a trilogy: Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (where the twain shall meet); Rabba Hun Kee Kariye (thus departed our neighbours), and Milange Babey Ratan De Mele Te (We shall meet at the festival of Baba Ratan).

Part I:

 By probing the Sufi connections of the social and cultural world of East Punjab Dalits, Ajay Bhardwaj has opened new vistas for us in West Punjab. After 65 years of a violent partition, we catch glimpses of the other part upholding the 1,000-year old common heritage.

Part II:

The final documentary in the trilogy on Sufism and the Dalits of East Punjab, Milange Babey Ratan De Mele Te (“We shall Meet at the Festival of Baba Ratan”) begins with the recitation of pantheistic Punjabi verses about God existing not outside the universe but in intimate communion with it; in such a worldview, man, woman and God become one.

Part III:

The idea shift behind ‘Kitte Mil Ve Mahi’

A TRAVELOGUE IN HISTORY, MEMORY AND OBLIVION: Revisiting little traditions of the Punjab

In the beginning…the IDEA

That memory is also a great binding force, conserving the most humane of values of a given society doesn’t come naturally to mind in times of its rampant abuse. Perhaps each epoch renders certain memories invisible. Yet, they carry on, by turning into personal memories of individuals, collective memories of a village, a sacred tradition among the bards and musicians, and preserve themselves in a thousand different ways. That is what we would call the little traditions.

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