Video | Ekalavya discussed in an interview with noted Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Writers Talk Politics | Ngugi wa Thiong’o in conversation with Sudhanva Deshpande

Commenting on Ekalavya “who ends up being disabled despite that Dhrona never really taught him – he taught himself – but even with that he is disabled so he cannot compete with the sons and daughters of the powerful. So that theme of disabling the regular guy, the working person or whatever, was very important to me” […] They do the work, they produce, and yet do not always get the fruits of what they produce, or even get punished for actually producing or losing their language which contains information, history, technology, skills […] (from 4:00 onwards)

Discusssing his more recent book “Secure the Base” about imperialism and colonialism, language, inequitable distribution of the world’s resources (from 5:20 onwards): “I believe that it is good that people of different cultures and histories make contact with each other […] but that contact must not be that of the rider and the horse.”

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: “I want to revive the connections between Africa and Asia”

The writer in conversation with Sudhanva Deshpande
April 16, 2018

This is the first part of a conversation between Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Sudhanva Deshpande. The writer was in Delhi for the ILF Samanvay Translations Series-2018, organised in collaboration with Seagull Books, at the Indian Habitat Centre. In this conversation with Deshpande, actor and publisher, he talks of the presence of India in his novels; the need to fight against imperialism; and the necessity to secure one’s base in order to resist the coloniser.

Date Accessed: 17 April 2018

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गुरू भक्ति /Gurū bhakti
Author: बाल चित्र समिति की भेंट ; संवाद और पटकथा, केदार शर्मा ; निर्माता, महेन्द्र नाथ ; निर्देशक, राजेन्द्र कुमार. ; ; Rajendra Kumar, (Children’s film director)Children’s Film Society (India),

Publisher: Mumbai : Children’s Film Society, India, [2008?]
Edition/Format: DVD video : PAL color broadcast system : Juvenile audience : State or province government publication : Hindi

Summary: “Eklavya, a tribal boy, wants to learn archery from the great teacher Dronacharya. Unable to do so because he lacks royal blood, he spies upon the teacher Dronacharya when he is teaching the Kauravas and Pandavas. He builds a mud statue of Dronacharya, considers him his guru in his heart and practices archery diligently. He soon becomes a great archer, better than even those being taught by the Guru himself. Based on a story from the epic Mahabharata, Guru Bhakti impresses upon the kids the importance of devotion and determination in reaching ones goals.”–Publisher’s description.

Source: गुरू भक्ति /Gurū bhakti,
Date visited: 1 July 2020


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