Punjab Research Group


Posted in Events, Film by Pippa on October 26, 2012
Documentary screening: Sufism and the Dalits of East Punjab

Followed by discussion with the director Ajay Bhardwaj and Prof. Amin Mughal
Time: 7pm, Tuesday 13th November 2012
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Hosted by: SOAS Pakistan Society
This film explores the idea of Punjabiyat, in ways seen and unseen, in the way it continues to inhabit the universe of the average Punjabi’s everyday life, language, culture, memories and consciousness. This is the universe that this film stumbles upon in the countryside of East Punjab, in India. Following the patters of lived life, it moves fluidly and eclectically across time, mapping organic cultural continuities at the local levels. It is a universe, which reaffirms the fact that cultures cannot be erased so very easily. It is where the love of Heer and Ranjah rather than the divisions of the priestly class are celebrated. This is a universe marked by a rich tradition of cultural co-existence and exchange, where the boundaries between the apparently monolithic religious identities of ‘Hindu’, ‘Muslim’ and ‘Sikh’ are blurred and subverted in the most imaginative ways.

“Bhardwaj’s film further attests to the great pull the soil exercises over the people who were once rooted in it but had been forced to leave, “ Ishitaq Ahmed, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University.


Poster: SOAS poster 2
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  1. Pukhraj Singh said, on October 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Great! May I also add the details to the screening at British Film Institute, London, on Nov 18: https://www.facebook.com/events/480107158679235/.

  2. SKJ said, on October 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    This looks wonderful and I would have loved really to attend. However, it is being hosted on Diwali which means it is likely many people who would like to come can’t. Would be delighted if it could be pulled back to a day before to make it a possibility.

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