Bin Savlyanchya Gavat (In a Shadowless Town)

How is a city made? What is remembered when it is being made? What is forgotten? Raising some crucial questions, the Film looks at how heritage walks in Pune seek to define the history of the city in a narrow mould, exclusive to the upper castes, while claiming to represent the city. What has the erasure of historic figures and buildings meant for the Dalit Bahujan community in the city, even as they struggle to reclaim some of them?

After graduating from Goa College of Art and then the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune Gouri moved on to make educational films for children and young adults for NCERT and UGC on themes of art, environment and inventive pedagogical practices (1990-1999). She has been part of collaborative video documenting projects with sociologist and anthropologists; with PUKAR, a Mumbai based urban knowledge production center and with Dr. Alexander Henn in exploring folk syncretic practices in Goa ( 1995-2004). Her recent independently produced documentary, “Modikhanyachya Don Goshti (Two Tales of Modikhana)” 2011, which explores an urban Dalit neighborhood through the artistic lens of two Dalit artists, won a National Award from the Government of India.