Lokshahir Sambhaji Bhagat, is a poet, singer and perhaps among the most prominent Dalit protest musicians in Maharashtra today. His plays...
Kalasangini: Building an Artists Collective
What role can art and artists play in realising the democratic principles of the nation-state of India, for the nation-state of India?
The opening lines of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution resolves to constitute India as a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, and to secure to all Indian citizens justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. B.R. Ambedkar, the principal architect of our constitution, said about the preamble: "It was, indeed, a way of life, which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life and which cannot be divorced from each other: Liberty cannot be divorced from equality; equality cannot be divorced from liberty. Nor can liberty and equality be divorced from fraternity. Without equality, liberty would produce the supremacy of the few over the many. Equality without liberty would kill individual initiative. Without fraternity, liberty and equality could not become a natural course of things."
We are delighted to invite lokshahir Sambhaji Bhagat (poet, singer, protest musician) to Mumbai Local once again. An inspiring force in the dalit movement, and an insistent voice for the principles of democracy, Sambhaji will introduce us to the artists movement Kalasangini, which seeks to build a force on the side of democracy. Kalasangini trains young artists - dalits, women, workers - in theatre, film, music and the use of digital technology. The idea is simple and beautiful - how can artists become active proponents of the principles of democracy? How can the promises made through our constitution, and so succinctly and powerfully put forth in the preamble, be realised through a people's movement of people's art?
Look forward to an wonderful evening with Sambhaji Bhagat, where we will collectively revisit the principles of democracy, and engage with the imagination and the movement that is Kalasangini. Expect clarity of politics, inspiring stories and provocative questioning.
We look forward to seeing you at this Mumbai Local. And as always, a request - please send this email on to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested. Help us spread the inspiration!
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Lokshahir Sambhaji Bhagat, is a poet, singer and perhaps among the most prominent Dalit protest musicians in Maharashtra today. His plays Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla and more recently, Bombay-17, based on the lives of people living in Dharavi slum area have highlighted the seen and unseen legacy of Ambedkar politics in India. Very recently, "Court" the debut film by Chaitanya Tamhane for which Sambhaji has composed the music and sung the songs, has been sweeping most of the international film awards. Sambhaji also teaches History at Sadhana Vidyalaya in Sion, Mumbai.