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Renowned filmmaker comes up with docu film on 'langar' tradition

punjab Updated: May 17, 2013 20:45 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Renowned filmmaker

Internationally renowned award-winning filmmaker Meera Dewan has come up with 'Gur Prasad: The Grace of Food', a 58-minute documentary on the tradition of food-sharing through community kitchen, an integral aspect of Sikh religion known as 'langar'.

Dewan paid a visit to this historical town connected to second Sikh master, Guru Angad Dev, and presented the first copy of her production to Baba Baldev Singh, a senior representative of Kar Sewa Khadoor Sahib, headed by noted environmentalist and religious preacher Baba Sewa Singh.

The documentary has basically been made for the film division of the union ministry of information and broadcasting. She had planned to personally present the first copy to Baba Sewa Singh, but he is currently abroad.

"At a time when India talks about food security to check widespread hunger and also take care of the nutritional crisis, the film recalls a rich living tradition of food-sharing as widely practiced at 'langars' or community kitchens by the Sikh community," said Dewan while talking with media persons here on Thursday.

"Filmmaking is my passion and activism through which I portray the problems and issue that exist in Indian society. My first documentary 'Gift of Love' is an anti-dowry film that won 11 international awards at leading film festivals worldwide," she added.

She wholeheartedly appreciated the arrangements for 'Mata Kheevi Langar' run by Baba Sewa Singh's organisation. During her day-long stay here, she paid obeisance at the holy places and visited numerous educational institutes and training academies run by Nishan-e-Sikhi charitable society of Baba Sewa Singh.

Asked about her experience as a documentary filmmaker, she said that after graduation and gaining six years of experience in advertising films in Mumbai, she switched over to documentary filmmaking in 1982.

Meera has produced over 30 documentaries for Doordarshan and various ministries. She has also made films for a number of state governments. As director of Southview Productions, she collaborates with TV stations around the world to produce films on human rights and themes of alternate visions, particularly revolving around issues related to Indian women and women's movement.

Her films have won over 21 international and national awards, including at the International Film Festival of India; Festival de films du femmes, France; Oberhausen Film Festival; Leipzig Film Festival; Reina Film Festival, France; Okomedia Film Festival and the Mumbai International Film Festival.