The concluding event of the month long Bombay ki Kahani Mumbai ki Zubani campaign was held at the auditorium of St. Xavier’s College on the 13th of January, 2012.
The gorgeous college grounds and the high ceilings of the auditorium were a perfect backdrop to the day long program. The college staff and personnel were helpful, efficient and very generous with their time and energy.
The program started at 2 p.m. with an audio-visual presentation by Kabi from Meterdown: Kaali Peeli ki Kahaani, a podcast and blog of oral histories of Bombay taxi drivers.
This was followed by a screening of the films made by students and faculty of School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and an intensive discussion.
This was followed by a break and a discussion outside the hall on the campaign, the experiences and conversations that took place in the course of preparing for and doing this campaign, the ongoing struggles and conversations, and the things that people were working on further and the ways in which work on these themes would continue.
We reconvened in the auditorium at 6:30 pm and by this time many more people had joined in for the closing concert and the hall was full. Sabah spoke on behalf of the campaign and what it meant to her and all of us and recapped some of the highlights and conversations that took place in the months preceding the campaign as well as the intensive one month of the campaign itself. Aquila and two student film makers from TISS also spoke about some of the activities of the campaign and their experiences.
The campaign concluded with an hour and a half long music concert “Aman ke Naam” by Shubha Mudgal accompanied by Aneesh Pradhan and Niranjan Lele . It was a powerful and emotive rendition of poetry and music against the violence, for justice and peace and affirming the struggle for change. It was a beautiful and fitting culmination to this intensive phase of the campaign bringing together struggle and creative joy and reaffirming resistance.