I met Anand Patwardhan at Stanford, at a screening of his film “Jai Bhim Comrade” and then at a lunch round-table the next day. This was November, 2012, the week before the elections (and I first posted this shot, above, to my campaign journal, which incidentally, has a Sanskit name). I wanted to learn more about the music in his film. I haven’t really followed up with the task. I do have a “India” file going on here, at Plastic Alto. Here is a poster from an Anand Patwardhan film that screened at Berkeley PFA in 2004:
See also a deliberately meandering post here about Anusha Rizvi “Serendipity Farmers” I wrote last fall, at a discussion and dinner that did not include a screening of her film. (Type her name into the search function to get to the essay). Her film “Peepli (Live)” deals with suicide among farmers, and is viewable at Stanford library.
Here is a song from “Peepli Live” — besides what’s at the Stanford library, there may be a youtube post of the entire film:
I’m not sure if including here links to Mindy Kaling or Rupa Marya are indicated, although some other cue made me think of them all at once, recently.