Scribbles on Akka

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English (subtitled), 58 min, 2000, India

In this short film on the life and work of the 12th century saint-poet, Mahadevi Akka, her radical poems, written with the female body as a metaphor, have been composed and picturised in contemporary musical language. Mahadevi, framed as Akka - elder sister - while leaving the domestic arena in search of God also abandoned modesty and clothing. The film explores the meaning of this denial through the work of contemporary artists and writers and testimonies of ordinary folk who nurtured her image through centuries in their folklore and oral literature. A celebration of rebellion, femininity and legacy down nine hundred years.

 
Producer:
Majlis
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Avijit Mukul Kishore, R. V. Ramani
Editing:
P. Resul
Sound:
Shyamal Karmakar
Music:
Ilayaraja, Shantanu Moitra
Actors:
Harish Khanna, Sabitri Heisnam, Seema Biswas
 
Awards and Screenings:

National Award for best anthropological film
Best script award at the Shanghai film festival
Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA) Award