Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein

In the Market Stands Kabir
Journeys with Sacred & Secular Kabir

A film by Shabnam Virmani
Language: Hindi & Malwi with English Subtitles
Hindi Version Available

Hindi version available

In the Hindi version of this film, all featured songs have Hindi text subtitles, the filmmaker’s narration is in a Hindi voice and all English interviews are dubbed into Hindi. This version has been priced at a lower rate to make it accessible to small town and village audiences.

Duration: 94 min

In 15th century north India, the mystic weaver Kabir spoke his poems in the market place, his spirituality firmly grounded in the public square. 600 years after his time, Kabir is found in both spaces – sacred and secular. This film interweaves his deification by the Kabir Panth sect with his secular appropriation by the social activist group Eklavya. The story unfolds through the life of Prahlad Tipanya, a Dalit singer whose participation in both domains, begins to raise difficult questions for him about ritual and organized religion.

Special Jury Prize, 52nd National Film Awards, 2011



  • One Billion Eyes Documentary Film Festival, Aug 2008 (Chennai, India)
  • World Performing Arts Festival, Nov 2008 (Lahore, Pakistan)
  • VIBGYOR International Film Festival, Feb 2009 (Thrissur, Kerala, India)
  • Film South Asia 2009, Sept 2009 (Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (as Juror’s work), Nov 2009
  • 3rd Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala, June 2010
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Oct 2010
  • Telecast twice on NDTV-24/7 television channel, India
  • Special Jury Prize, 52nd National Film Awards, New Delhi, 2011


  • Camera, Location Sound & Direction: Shabnam Virmani
  • Script & Editing: Shabnam Virmani with Rikhav Desai
  • Research & Concept: Shabnam Virmani & Tara Kini
  • Motion Graphics: M M Pradeep
  • Direction & Production Support: Rumah Rasaque & Smriti Chanchani
  • Songs sung by: Prahlad Tipanya, Kaluram Bamanya
  • Music Recordings: P. M. Satheesh
  • Sound Mixing: Fireflys Post Sound, Mumbai
  • Advisors: Linda Hess, Ashok Vajpeyi, Vidya Rao, Purushottam Aggrawal, Tara Kini
  • Financial Support: Ford Foundation, New Delhi
  • Produced by: Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore