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Monday Mon, 29 Jan 2024

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7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India

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67 min | Marathi, Hindi, Pali with English subtitles | 2023

Chaityabhumi is a holy site that holds immense importance for the Dalit movement in India, as it is where Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s last rites were performed after his passing on December 6, 1956. Dr Ambedkar, often called the father of the Indian Constitution, dedicated his life to fighting the chains of caste oppression and bringing revolutionary change. He was a guiding light for the oppressed who dismantled discriminatory barriers and empowered them to reclaim their dignity and their rightful place in society.

This musical film will bring to light the history and cultural politics of how people commemorate December 6 at Chaityabhumi, Mumbai and what is the relevance of this public event in contemporary India. It explores how the Dalit community comes together to honour this day and the political implications it holds for their identity and empowerment.

After the screening, the director, Somnath Waghmare will be in conversation with Deepa Dhanraj and Sumit Sute followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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Speakers

Somnath Waghmare

Director

Somnath Waghmare is  a Mumbai-based Dalit-Buddhist film researcher and documentary filmmaker. He is the co-founder of the Ambedkarite song documentation project ‘The Ambedkar Age Digital Bookmobile,’ and founder of the film company ‘Begumpura productions.’ At present, he is pursuing his PhD in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

He completed his M. Phil from TISS and Masters in Media and communication form Pune University. He has previously worked at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) and was an apprentice with Amnesty International, India. His recent documentary film Chaityabhumi was screened at London School of Economics and Oxford University in the UK, Columbia University and Stanford University in the US, and University of Gottingen, Germany. In India, the film was screened at National Film Archive of India, FTII Pune, TISS Mumbai and India International Centre, Delhi.

Deepa Dhanraj

Filmmaker

Award-winning filmmaker and writer Deepa Dhanraj has been part of the women’s movement in India since 1980. She was one of the founding members of Yugantar, a feminist film collective that made a series of films in the early 1980s documenting rural and urban women’s movements for labor rights and autonomy.

Focused on feminist politics, Deepa’s extensive filmography spans three decades and subjects including population control programs in India, Muslim women’s courts, the rise of Hindu majoritarianism, community efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, and more. She has a special interest in education and has worked closely with government schools to create pedagogy suited for problems faced by first-generation learners who come from Dalit and Adivasi communities.

Sumit Sute

Visual Artist

Sumit Sute, a lens-based visual artist, explores the personal and political through web-based photo-objects. His works explore the intersections of the personal and political, inspecting the influences of casteist-patriarchal traumas on emotional inheritance and familial bonds.

With a background in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, Sumit has a history as a documentary photographer and photo editor, contributing to publications like Hindustan Times, The Caravan Magazine, and The Wire across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka. Currently based in Bengaluru, he serves as a public policy professional and actively contributes as one of the conveners and program designers at Ambedkar Reading Circle.