Friday, December 4, 2009
BASHEER PLAYS AT PRITHVI, MUMBAI

Perch, chennai is back with Two English plays at Prithvi theatre, mumbai. Dec 15-20th 2009. Please do come! and spread the word :)
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On Sunday 20th December at 11 am at Prithvi House, we will also be screening two films on the Malayalam writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. Details of the films:
1.
'My Name is Basheer'
Directed by Anushka Meenakshi

2009, 66 minutes, Malayalam and English, with English subtitles
Produced by the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
In October 2007, a group of people from PERCH, a Chennai based theatre collective, traveled to Kozhikkode, Kerala, to rediscover the world of the Malayalam writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. The people we met, and the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of Kozhikkode were the source of inspiration for two plays in English based on several of Basheer's stories.
Many of Basheer's stories reveal something of the writer himself - his incredible humanity, his experiences of love and poverty, his criticism of politics and war, his eclectic taste in music, his love of nature, and his radical beliefs about the society around him.

'My Name is Basheer' is a film that weaves scenes from the two plays – 'Sangathi Arinhya! (Have you Heard!)' and 'Moonshine & Skytoffee' – with interviews of his family and others who knew him closely. Sharing their memories of Basheer are, his brother Abu Backer, wife Fabi, children Anees and Shahina, M.K Sanu who was Basheer's biographer, Punalur Rajan who photographed Basheer over several years, and M.A Rahman who made the award-winning documentary 'Basheer the Man'.

2. 'Basheer Enna Manushan' ('Basheer the Man')
Directed by M.A. Rahman

1987, 28 minutes, Malayalam with English subtitiles
An affectionate and admiring tribute to Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, a doyen of Malayalam literature as well as a social reformer and freedom fighter who was imprisoned for seditious writings during the freedom struggle.
This film won the 1987 Kerala State Film Award for Best Documentary Film


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