Anjali Panjabi

Anjali Panjabi is a filmmaker and independent producer based in Mumbai. She is the founder of Marvi Films. She has several...

Difficult Women: The Living traditions of Mirabai

Much loved poet-saint Mirabai was also, to put it in no uncertain terms, a “difficult woman”, a woman extraordinarily difficult to contain. She crossed class and caste boundaries, chose to be an artist, and worse, chose to talk about it! She has been so very difficult that it is believed the Mewar community (she was married into their royal family) erased her from their history-telling for 200 years.


And yet, while master-narratives of Mira continue to try and sanitise her, oral traditions on the ground keep radical connections to Mira alive. “She fires so many imaginations,” says Anjali Panjabi, creator of the beautiful award-winning documentary film on Mira ‘A Few Things I Know About Her’. “In telling Mira’s story, you are telling your own story.”


We are delighted to invite Anjali Panjabi, now on her second wave of research on Mira, to share with us stories of people, communities and their links to Mirabai. There is the female impersonator who becomes Mira, the first female Manganiyar to perform in public – Rukmabai – whose story mirrors Mira’s, the many people who connect to Mira through her guru Ravidas, and so many others. Through an exploration of their stories, she will also discuss how oral traditions work on the ground, giving space to alternative stories and the desires of people and communities.


We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for this utterly special ground-informed access to Mirabai. And do remember, if for some unavoidable reason you are unable to make it to the venue, we’d love to have you join us on live feed on our Facebook page.


This session is curated by Paromita Vohra.

RSVP begins on Monday 3 June, 2019.

Anjali Panjabi is a filmmaker and independent producer based in Mumbai. She is the founder of Marvi Films. She has several years of experience working in Indian, as well as international projects. Many of the projects she has been associated with have screened at International Festivals like Berlin, Tribeca and Venice Film Festival. The award winning filmmakers she has worked with include Mira Nair, Sabiha Sumar, as well as Prashant Bhargava whose work has been supported by the Sundance Institute. Her documentary films have won awards, including the National Award.


Anjali is working on a community arts project, based on the traditions of Mirabai. This includes a book and a performance piece.

Venues Dates Time
12-98 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
Entry free, on a first-come-first basis. Pre-register now to save your seat.