Kranti: Reclaiming the culture of dissent
Kranti is a festival. It is a festival to discover, celebrate and reclaim the rich culture of protest in our country.
Although Kranti originated in the National Law School of India University in Bangalore early this year, it has since gone on to spread to a few other cities with students from elsewhere joining in. As of today, it has grown to be independent of NLSIU itself.
The purpose of Kranti is to introduce college students to the many struggles that are part of India’s story of ‘development’ through the culture of dissent. This, we believe, will go a long way in raising solidarity for these movements and their causes. We do this through street plays, movie screenings, songs of protest and conversations with students.
Kranti successfully started on the 19th of July with the Bangalore premiere of Sanjay Kak’s latest documentary, Red Ant Dream. Over 2-3 August, we organised a photo exhibition cum talk by Priyanka Borpujari titled, “The Human Cost to India’s Race for Development” at NLSIU and 1, Shanthi Road. We have documentary screenings lined up in Hyderabad, Mysore, Bombay, Kolkata and Delhi in the coming days, and have already done two in Pune.
Our big events, which will be in Bangalore, are:
On 7th September, we have music festival titled “Songs of Protest” with performances by Kabir Kala Manch, Sambhaji Bhagat and Makkal Mandram.
On 8th September we have a retrospective by acclaimed documentary director Anand Patwardhan and an audio cum video presentation by Taru Dalmia of the music ensemble, Word Sound Power.
On 15th September we are setting up the “Dissent Conference” which will have activists and academics discussing some of contemporary India’s major instances of protests and the causes for them.
Speakers who have confirmed participation at this conference are Anand Teltumbde, Prafulla Samantara, Mihir Desai, Volga, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Amarjeet Sinha.
Join us in our journey as we discover and reclaim the culture of dissent. Spread the word about us. You can also contribute by organising events in solidarity with us – screening political films and discussions in your colleges, putting up street plays on the issues the Dissent Conference is touching upon or through small donations.
If you wish to know more, we’d love to hear from you! You can contact us at +91 9886453418/9743160640 or write to us at [email protected].
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