Do Din ka Mela

A Two-Day Fair
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English (subtitled), 60 min, 2009, India

“Nothing in the world will last – it is but a two day fair” sings Mura Lala Fafal, drawing inspiration from the Sufi traditions of Sant Kabir and Abdul Lateef Bhita'i. He is accompanied on the Jodiya Pava (double flute) by his nephew Kanji Rana Sanjot. Kanji taught himself to play and make his own flutes after hearing the music on the radio. Mura and Kanji are Meghwals, a pastoral Dalit community that lives on the edge of the Great Rann of Kutch, in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. They are both daily wage labourers and subsistence farmers in an arid zone. The film is a two day journey into the music and every day life of this uncle-nephew duo, set against the backdrop of the Great Rann of Kutch. 

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
K. P. Jayasankar
Editing:
Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Sound:
Harikumar M.
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
IDPA Award (Indian Documentary Producers’ Association), 2009
Gold for the Best Script and Certificate of Merit for the Best Documentary, National Award for Best Audiography, 2012
Commendation in the Intangible Culture (Music-Dance-Performance) category, 12th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, 2011
 
Selected Screenings:
Jean Rouch International film Festival, Paris 2010
Goettingen International Film Festival, Germany 2010
JDCA Festival on Art and Artists, Orissa, India, 2010
Vibgyor Film festival, Kerala, India, 2010
3rd International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 
Zanzibar International Film Festival
Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival 2010
Viscult 2010, Joensuu, Finland
13th Istanbul International
1001 Documentary Film Festival
Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival 2011