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GUR PRASAD: The Grace of Food| 58mins
Director: Meera Dewan | Producer: Meera Dewan
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: India
Subject Tags: asia, belief, community, culture, divine, duty, india
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
At this time of a global nutritional crisis, "GUR PRASAD: The Grace of Food" celebrates India's rich living tradition of food sharing in Punjab. It is filmed within the hearts of remote, rural free Community kitchens called Langars, as conceptualized by the Gurus and as widely practiced today by communities. A 76 year old lady who walks each morning at 2 am to cook breakfast at the local food kitchen; an 11 year old boy who runs away from home to live and serve meals at the Gurudwara or Sikh temple; a group of villages who contribute each day to keep the very recipes their Guru introduced 300 years ago, going. The audio track are the verses sung from the Holy Book, the Gurbani, in the words of Sufi and Sikh saints. "Dewan's loving ode to the langar reminds us about our finest traditions in India of a form of giving that respects the equal dignity of the receiver, founded on egalitarian compassion, the dignity of labour, and community solidarities. It is a tradition which every Indian should reclaim, to rediscover within ourselves that purest joy, of selfless giving" Harsh Mander in the Hindu.
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