Free Film Series: Sant Tukaram
Curated by Bhaskar Sarkar, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Runtime: 2 hr. 11 min.
This classic film chronicles the life of Tukaram (17th century), one of Maharashtra's most popular saint poets, activating the 20th-century resonances of his turning away from courtly Sanskrit towards vernacular rhythms of religious poetry which constituted the first major emancipatory movement against brahmanical caste domination. The episodic plot pits Tukaram (Pagnis) against the Brahmin Salomalo (Bhagwat), who pretends to be the true author of Tukaram's songs while calling for his ostracization.