ENCOUNTERS WITH THE SAINT
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