Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of a film “Kya Hai Ki, Kya Nai Ki: Dakhani – A Tongue Untied” directed by Mr. Gautam Pemmaraju on Sunday, 18th January, 2015, at 5.30 PM in association with India Foundation for the Arts. Mr. Gautam Pemmaraju was present to interact with the audience after the screening. This film was supported by India Foundation for the Arts under its Arts Research and Documentation programme.
The film has a close, intimate look at the tradition of comic-satire performance poetry in Dakhani (Urdu of the Deccan) known as Mizahiya Shayri. It examines the history of the tradition, the styles, content of the pioneers, and also of contemporary poets and how the practice of public performance poetry at mushairas is linked with not just the decline of Muslim social culture in the Deccan, but also the fall of the Hyderabad state and the general decline of Urdu.
The large gathering at the screening hugely appreciated the humour and with in the firm and urged the Director to fine-tune the film further