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Ambdekar Digital Bookmobile Challenge – World Research Weblog


Rekhe Bharti (Ambedkar Digital Bookmobile)This week is the 75th anniversary of the Common Declaration of Human Rights. Fittingly, Columbia College and Barnard School not too long ago hosted (from Nov. 27th via Dec. 8th, 2023) the Ambedkar Digital Bookmobile venture designed by Smita Rajmane and Somnath Waghmare. This venture paperwork and collects materials regarding singers of anti-caste songs from rural areas in Maharashtra state, India. On December 8th, there was additionally a screening of Chaityabhumi, a documentary movie by Somnath Waghmare that chronicles the annual pilgrimage of Dalits (and others) to the location the place Dr. Ambedkar’s final rites have been carried out on December 6th, 1956. Together with vivid documentary footage, the movie consists of contextual interviews with completely different teams.

Gate of ChaithyabhumiSmita Urmila Rajmane is a public intervention artist and performer with a diploma in portray from Bharata Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune and an MFA from Shiv Nadar College. Her work emphasizes themes of caste, class, and gender discrimination in relation to public performances and archival installations. Somnath Waghmare is a documentary filmmaker and PhD scholar who has accomplished two earlier documentary movies: I’m not a Witch [2015] and The Battle of Bhima Koregaon: An Endless Journey [2017]. His work is unified by a give attention to marginal communities, most particularly the historical past of Dalit actions in India. The Ambedkar Digital Bookmobile has been touring to numerous establishments and locales as a transportable multimedia archive. Consultant singers documented within the venture embrace Rekha Bharti, Kalabai Hirvale, and Usha Jumbade in Aurangabad, Maharashtra; Bhima Koregaon Vijay Stambh in Perne, Maharashtra; Shahir Raosaheb Bhaurao Gaikwad in Dharkhed, Parbhani, Maharashtra; Yalgaar Sanskrutik Kala Manch, a cultural motion collective in Mumbai; the Jail Bhim Gayan Social gathering lively in Vadgaon, Tasgaon, and Sangli areas in Maharashtra; and others.

For Columbia College library assets on Dalits in Maharashtra, see topic: Dalits India Maharashtra. For extra on Dr. Ambedkar, see topic: “Ambedkar, B. R. (Bhimrao Ramji), 1891-1956.”

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