Mann ke Manjeeré
Shubha Mudgal

My mind has begun to play its own rhythm today
My feet, once stilled, are dancing today
A drumbeat pulsates through my being
Awakening the music in my soul
Every breath I take is filled with joy
My heart is now singing

I have begun to believe in myself.
I can swing up to the clouds
I can see beyond the horizon
The wind beats against my skin
The fields and sands reach out to me
The rosy light of dawn washes away
The darkness of the night.

I open my doors to a fresh new world
I bask in my aloneness
Clouds of change envelope my mind
As solitude comes to me in all her majesty.
I see with my eyes the many-hued world,
It’s seasons beckon.

I open my eyes unlock my soul, I find my Voice, my soul mate lives within
I am no longer alone,
I am my own friend.
My own companion am I!

"Renowned actress Mita Vasisht enacts the journey of a fearless woman who leaves an abusive marriage and works as a truck driver to support her daughter and herself. Women of all ages and backgrounds climb into the truck to escape the violence they face in their lives."


EMI (2000)

Director: Sujit Sircar and Gary, Red Ice Films
Actress: Mita Vashisht
Voice: Shubha Mudgal
Composer: Shantanu Moitra
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi

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Mann KManjeeré
(Music video)

Women's dreams!

"Renowned actress Mita Vasisht enacts the journey of a fearless woman who leaves an abusive marriage and works as a truck driver to support her daughter and herself. Women of all ages and backgrounds climb into the truck to escape the violence they face in their lives. They dance and rejoice on the back of the truck, and the video closes with them dancing together on the sand dunes of Rajasthan. The video is well-choreographed, exuberant and enchanting, and has proved an invaluable tool across the globe in raising the important issues of violence against women, women in non-traditional occupations and women’s access to public space."

"Winner of the Screen Awards 2001 in India and nominated by the MTV Awards for best Indipop music video category, Mann ke Manjeeré reached 26 million households via six satellite music television channels, effectively mainstreaming discussions about domestic violence issues throughout South Asia and reaching as far as Tajikistan, Indonesia and the United States."

"The success of Mann ke Manjeeré shows that it is possible to bring alternate voices and images into the popular mainstream, spurring dialogue on sensitive human rights issues."

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