The Kabir Festival Mumbai, has been inspired by the Kabir Project (www.kabirproject.org) headed by Shabnam Virmani – a Documentary film maker who after the Godhra Riots traveled with folk singers who have sung the music of Kabir for generations. Six years of these travels resulted in four documentary films as well as several recordings of folk as well as classical musicians who have expressed the words of Kabir through their music.

Kabir Festivals have been held in several cities of India and abroad. While the Festivals have a common thread in terms of screening of the musical documentary films made by Shabnam Virmani, talks & discussions by prominent speakers and live music concerts by folk and classical singers from different parts of India, each festival also weaves in threads of local colour in terms of inclusion of local artistes, fresh ideas, collaborations with diverse organizations, outreach programmes etc.

The main focus of The Kabir Festival Mumbai, is to introduce the audiences of Mumbai to the message of Kabir which is perhaps even more relevant today than it was in his time . Screening of Documentary films followed by a facilitated discussion, Live folk music as well as story telling sessions for the younger children all seek to foster an awareness and understanding of the message of Kabir. The three days of the festival will have multiple events at different locations, all completely free and open to the public on first-come-first-served basis.

The Kabir Community of Mumbai was formed before the Festival held in Feb 2012. A feeling that the Festival should happen only if enough interested people want it to happen, led to a message to the entire mailing list of the Kabir Festival and thus the Community was formed. People came forward to contribute financially as per their wish, share their homes, vehicles, provide food for the artistes and take up various festival related tasks.The Community is a very informal group and allows people the space to do as much or as little towards the Festival as is convenient.

7 Responses to “About”

  1. Priyanka Dalal December 8, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    hope its at hornimon circle!!

  2. b makharia January 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    please keep us updated on the future programs held in mumbai

  3. b makharia January 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    please let us know that the program on 22nd at hornimon circle from 7pm to 9.30pm is free of charge or if we have to buy tickets.
    if we have to buy tickets where do we collect them from? this is urgent

    • kabirfestivalmumbai January 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

      It’s all free. And you don’t even have to collect passes. Just be at the venue, that’s all.

    • kabirfestivalmumbai January 22, 2011 at 1:08 am #

      There are no passes, all events are free!


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