17 August 2008

Vulgarity or Reality: Language Debate of Dalan, Teleserial

By Harsha Man Maharjan

Nepal television is showing a telefilm about state-led oppression of dalit community, Dalan. Jagan Media Centre made this telefilm which is directed by Nabin Subbha.

I don’t remember seeing any Nepali telefilm which gives real picture of history. It relates how higher caste people utilized state policies to oppress dalit community. In other words how state assisted in oppressing this community.

In telefilm sector, many people are praising the telefilm. We have high hope about the teleserial. The telefilm team did research of Nepal’s history to make it and donor community did huge investment for it. Number of its fan club is rising day by day.

Lately, its language has come under criticism. In its previous edition (Year 8. No. 52), Nepal magazine has criticized its vulgar language. The magazine thinks the language has astounded general people and it is worth censoring.

In today’s edition (Year 8. No. 53), Purna Singh Baraili, producer of the telefilm disagrees with the magazine and informs that he feels no uneasy watching it with his family.

Now question comes: is the language too vulgar? I don’t think so. Actually this kind of language adds reality to the presentation of real life of dalit community. I appreciate it.

From Jagran Media Centre

JMC is currently broadcasting a 25 episode television series illustrating the life, suffering and upliftment of three generations of a Dalit family called Dalan. Dalan is being braodcasted every Sunday 8:40 PM from Nepal Television. The purpose of Dalan is to create awareness among Dalits and non-Dalits alike and encourage a change in attitudes and behaviors toward Dalits. JMC has applied a participatory approach to the writing of Dalan by utilizing intensive discussions with Dalit scholars, writers, activists, film critics and journalists.
Shot entirely in the remote villages of Parbat, Baglung and the periphery of Kathmandu, Dalan presents a very realistic picture of Dalits life and history from 1950 to 1995 A.D..
Directed by Navin Subba (of Numafung) and aptly scripted by Aahuti, a renowned litterateur and Dalit activist, Dalan has become a work of art.

photo from Nepal magazine

1 comment:

Julio César Fernández said...

This happens also with the explosion of reality shows, reality is usually the most raw you see and the real is what can be felt.