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Website: Ajay Bhardwaj (http://www.ajaybhardwaj.in)

Punjab was partitioned on religious lines amidst widespread bloodshed in 1947, and today there are hardly any Punjabi Muslims left in the Indian Punjab. Yet, the Sufi shrines in the Indian part of Punjab continue to thrive, particularly among so-called ‘low’ caste Dalits that constitutes more than 30% of its population.

Kitte Mil Ve Mahi explores for the first time this unique bond between Dalits and Sufism in India. In doing so it unfolds a spiritual universe that is both healing and emancipatory. Journeying through the Doaba region of Punjab dotted with shrines of sufi saints and mystics a window opens onto the aspirations of Dalits to carve out their own space. This quest gives birth to ‘little traditions’ that are deeply spiritual as they are intensely political.

Enter an unacknowledged world of Sufism where Dalits worship and tend to the Sufi Shrines. Listen to B.S. Balli Qawwal Paslewale — a first generation Qawwal from this tradition. Join a fascinating dialogue with Lal Singh Dil — radical poet, Dalit, convert to Islam. A living legend of the Gadar movement, Bhagat Singh Bilga, affirms the new Dalit consciousness.

The interplay of voices mosaic that is Kitte Mil Ver Mahi (where the twain shall meet), while contending the dominant perception of Punjab’s heritage, lyrically hint at the triple marginalisation of Dalits: economic, amidst the agricultural boom that is the modern Punjab; religious, in the contesting ground of its ‘major’ faiths; and ideological, in the intellectual construction of their identity.

Title: Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (Where The Twain Shall Meet)
Duration: 70 Minutes
Language: Punjabi with English Subtitles
Year: 2005
Director/ Producer: Ajay Bhardwaj
Camera: Ajay Bhardwaj
Sound Editing and Mixing: Asheesh Pandya
Editor: Shachindra Bisht .

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