1st – 8th December, 2018

Shunya Shikhar…Conversations between Kabir & Buddhism
Satsangs with Shabnam Virmani and Swagath Sivakumar on Manjiras

In a series of satsangs during Shabnam’s residency, she will weave an exploratory dialogue between core ideas in Buddhist teachings and the wisdom pulsating in the songs of Kabir and other Bhakti, Sufi and Baul poets. Alternating song with conversation, these immersive sessions will touch on: fearlessness and the path of the warrior; the nature of the mind and awakening; the reality of dukha or suffering; the possibilities of aloneness; calling out to the guru and the recognition of shunyata or emptiness.

Let’s fill our evenings with quiet moments of deep listening to the songs of the mystics, sung and shared by Shabnam Virmani, along with reflective and personal conversations about the layers of meanings these poems open for us.

Below is a video snippet from her residency in Vana in May this year.

About the Artist

Shabnam Virmani is a filmmaker, singer and artist in residence at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. Stung by the religious riots of Gujarat in 2002, she initiated the Kabir Project journeys in quest of the 15th century mystic Kabir, exploring how his poetry intersects with ideas of identity, religion, nationalism, impermanence and orality. Inspired by the spirit of Bhakti, Sufi and Baul oral traditions, the Kabir Project team has now been engaged for over 15 years in curating and re-expressing the power of this poetry through documentary films, music CDs, books, urban festivals, rural yatras, school workshops and a web archive called Ajab Shahar. You may find relevant documentary films being played on television channels in your rooms.

To know more about the works of Shabnam Virmani, you may login to www.kabirproject.org; ajabshahar youtube channel.

To book your retreat at Vana or to express interest to attend Shabnam Virmani’s sessions, please email Retreat Reservations at retreat@vana.co.in or call us on +91 135 3911114. You may also decide to attend these sessions after your arrival at the Retreat.

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