Living to tell the tale: Neerja Dasani

NEERJA DASANI on the Kabir Kala Manch, their life, art and the constant hurdles set before them by the State. Previously published in Literary Review section of The Hindu on January 5, 2014.

The art of irony is something that the members of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), who identify themselves not as a cultural troupe but as a political movement, are well-versed in. This could be because life for them has been a series of curious contradictions. Emerging from mohallas and bastis, their voices reverberated through the corridors of power, disturbing the slumber of those within. Finding democracy’s din too unsettling, its elected guardians branded KKM as anti-national. The resultant time spent either in jail or underground, strengthened their resolve instead of silencing them into submission.

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One thought on “Living to tell the tale: Neerja Dasani”

  1. Came to know after reading the article that some of the members of KKM are in jail now. I am curious. What crime did they commit? Can anyone please let me know? Apart from that, I would like to say that it is a praiseworthy movement. It reminds me of Badal Sircar’s street theater movement in Kolkata of the early and mid-70s, which was accused of anti-nationalism by the ruling S.S. Ray Congress government. All the best to KKM.

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