Documentary on Tamil Muslims inspires approach to Tamil national struggle

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 23:39 GMT]
While global and regional powers engineering new world order of corporate imperialist designs try to play the card of religion to deviate the question of oppressed nations without State all over the world, and try to confine the ideological questions of humanity in the post cold war era within the ambit of ‘Clash of Civilizations’ coloured by religions, Tamils who have evolved their identity and civilization in a different way over millennia due to their location have to be extra- cautious in facing the paradigm. The Tamil struggle that has seen the injustice of all the Establishments will be lost if it doesn’t come out with its own model, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics appreciating a documentary film on Tamil Muslims in Tamil Nadu, produced by Mr. S. Anwar.

Keezhakkarai Mosque
A 17th century Tamil Muslim mosque built in the Dravidian Islamic Architectural Style at Keezhak-karai in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu

The film titled “Yaadhum” (meaning ‘All’ in Tamil), showcases more than a millennium old harmonious co-existence of Islam in Thamizhakam, told from the perspective of Kompai S Anwar, who himself is a Tamil Muslim hailing from Tamil Nadu exploring his Tamil Muslim identity and History.

The film covers archaeological excavations, inscriptions, old mosques built in the architectural traditions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, other existing traditions, Sufism, literature and interviews with well-known historians.

A writer, filmmaker and an independent researcher, Anwar has been focussing on South Indian history. He is a contributor to the Madras Gazetteer Project, which documents the history of Chennai from 1600 to 200 CE. He was also earlier commissioned by the Archaeological Survey of India to make a series of short films on the 1000th year celebrations of the World Heritage Monument, the Big Temple at Thanjavur.

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto presents the premiere of the film on 4th February.

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