Pushkar Puran - Screening and Q&A
Pushkar is a small town in the Federal State of Rajasthan in northwest India and one of the holiest places of Hinduism. Once a year, however, during the full moon in the autumn month of Kartik, the town and the desert surrounding it turn into a sprawling fun fair with Ferris wheels and carousels, music from folklore to rock and colorful dance performances. Thousands of people, Hindus and Muslims alike, pour in from villages in the whole region to trade camels, horses and cattle. The spectacle appears in the desert as suddenly as a Fata Morgana. And just as suddenly the colorful magic is over.
Director Kamal Swaroop who shot one of the (post) modern classics of Indian cinema with Om Dar-B-Dar in 1988 captures the exuberant goings-on with a precise eye for strong images and details, exploring the myths and gods of India as well as their political instrumentalisation.
In his words: "the approach for the film was capturing Pushkar before, during and after the annual fair, and juxtaposing visuals in such a manner as to establish an actually existing mythical universe."