Narayan Gangaram Surve

English (subtitled), 45 min, 2002, India

Narayan Gangaram Surve, who passed away in 2010, was one of India's leading poets. He was a foundling, raised by a mill-worker until the age of ten and then left to fend for himself. Working as a waiter, helper in textiles mills, a peon in a Municipal school, he finally retired as a primary school teacher. A Marxist by conviction, he forged a new idiom of the spoken word in Marathi poetry. His poems mix dialects of Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, English to catch the pulse of the life of the underprivileged. The film shows Kishor Kadam, playing Narayan Surve, but meeting the real poet through his journey. The poems are 'interpreted', without words, through non-linear montage of visuals and sound effects.

Khayal Trust
Creative Crew
Mrinal Desai
Arunabha Mukherjee
Subir Das
Awards and Screenings:

Premiered at the Tata Theatre on 4th April 2002
Golden Lotus for the Best Non-Feature Film in the 50th'National Awards, 2002
Inaugural film of the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India, New Delhi, 2003
Inaugural film of the National Film Festival, New Delhi, 2003