EN­COUN­TERS WITH THE SAINT

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On the Darb­hanga ghat, where the morn­ing ses­sions of the three­day fes­ti­val took place, apart from the fes­ti­val par­tic­i­pants, the lo­cals looked quite con­fused. Anil Narayan Sharma, a res­i­dent of Varanasi and a mu­sic pho­tog­ra­pher was drawn to the fes­ti­val by the names of the par­tic­i­pat­ing mu­si­cians. “I don’t know any­thing about Kabir ex­cept that he be­lieved in brother­hood, in that way I am not sep­a­rate from his be­liefs,” says Sharma. For Mario Corello, a yoga in­struc­tor from Mex­ico, the fes­ti­val wasn’t his first in­tro­duc­tion to Kabir Das. “An Amer­i­can friend en­coun­tered Par­vathy Baul in Italy who told her about Das. My friend’s re­search led her to watch Shab­nam Vir­mani’s films on Kabir and in turn ed­u­cat­ing me about the mys­tic and his ideas of uni­ver­sal truth,” he said.

Vipul Rikhi and Shab­nam Vir­mani per­form­ing at MKF (above); Fes­ti­val rev­ellers

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