This unique and critical screening invites audiences to juxtapose the liberal, secularizing Indian gaze with grassroots narratives around music, poetry, and politics. Directed by MK Raina, “Mann Faqeeri: Sufiyana Kalam of Kashmir” (2011) is one of the few English-language survey introductions to a genre characterized by its use of Central Asian modes (maqam) as well as Hindustani musical conventions. Bookending the documentary, short films on Kashmiri artists, history, and feminist-led movements will deepen an intersectional understanding of contemporary politics and artistic movements.
Between the Bats and Bulbuls: Musical Expressions from the Valley of Kashmir
Season 5 of Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Uncovered/Recovered series is dedicated to the rich and evolving landscapes of musical expression from the Kashmir Valley. Featuring contemporary and classical musicians, filmmakers, advocates, and scholars, the series explores how Kashmiri artists navigate limitations on free speech while preserving and innovating on the region’s multicultural traditions.
All events in this series are free and open to the public. If you’d like to make a suggested donation of $25 you can do so here.
BRM acknowledges that our collective and artists have thrived because of the labor of disprivileged artisan communities in South Asia who have played significant roles in the creation, preservation, and innovation of raga-based arts. The Uncovered/Recovered series aims to platform these underrepresented voices and strengthen BRM’s commitment to decolonized art and critical activism. Learn more about the series and past seasons here.