The third edition of the Kabir Festival will be held at more than 15 venues in the city from January 9 to 13. It seeks to spread the message of the mystic poet and saint through folk music, films, stories and poetry presentations.
The festival was inspired by the Kabir Project, headed by Shabnam Virmania, a documentary film-maker who travelled with folk singers after the Godhra riots.
Many youngsters in the city have started discussing the festival on social networking websites. “It seems very interesting. I have read about Kabir’s dohas in school. Now, I will get a chance to listen to them,” said 24-year-old Ashmit Kumar.
Virmania was surprised to see such interest among the youth. “I am amazed to see how relevant Kabir’s voice is to young people today. I think the divisiveness of religions and their emphasis on social group ism and ritualism puts off many people. They want a voice of clarity which tells them that true spirituality lies in interrogating one’s own self,” said Virmania.
The five-day long festival will host more than 20 events across the city from Colaba to Borivili and from Fort to Vashi. All the events are free and open to the public. The festival will present eight artist groups from the different corners of the country.
Events to be held this year include story-telling and performances by famous Baul singers. Mooralala Marwada, a folk singer from Kutch, will make an appearance. Virmania’s documentary films, which explores the many voices of Kabir in contemporary India, will also be screened.