Chalo Hamara Des

Come to My Country
Journeys with Kabir and Friends

A film by Shabnam Virmani
Language: Hindi, Malwi & English with English Subtitles
Hindi Version Available

Hindi version available

In the Hindi version of this film, all featured songs have Hindi text subtitles, the filmmaker’s narration is in a Hindi voice and all English interviews are dubbed into Hindi. This version has been priced at a lower rate to make it accessible to small town and village audiences.

Duration: 98 min

A journey in search of the des (country) invoked in the poetry of the 15th century mystic poet of north India – Kabir – this film interweaves the stories of two people from two very different countries, Indian folk singer Prahlad Tipanya and North American scholar Linda Hess. Where is Kabir’s country? The answer is elusive, as we journey through song and poem into these two lives, brought together in an unlikely friendship by the cross-cultural resonance of Kabir.

Silver Certificate, Best Film Non-Fiction, Indian Documentary Producers’ Association Awards, 2009



  • One Billion Eyes Documentary Film Festival, Aug 2008 (Chennai, India)
  • World Performing Arts Festival, Nov 2008 (Lahore, Pakistan)
  • International Festival of Sacred Arts, Feb 2009 (Delhi, India)
  • VIBGYOR International Film Festival, Feb 2009 (Thrissur, Kerala, India)
  • Film South Asia 2009, Sept 2009 (Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • Travelling Film South Asia, 2010-2011
  • Dhaka International Documentary Festival, January 2010
  • World Film 2009 - Tartu Festival of Visual Culture, Estonia, Mar 2010
  • 3rd Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala, June 2010
  • Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival, Sept 2010
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Oct 2010
  • Certificate of Silver, Best Film: Non-Fiction, Indian Documentary Producers' Association Awards, 2009
  • Telecast on NDTV 24/7 in February 2011


  • Camera, Location Sound & Direction: Shabnam Virmani
  • Script & Editing: Shabnam Virmani with Rikhav Desai
  • Research & Concept: Shabnam Virmani & Tara Kini
  • Motion Graphics: M M Pradeep
  • Direction & Production Support: Rumah Rasaque & Smriti Chanchani
  • Songs sung by: Prahlad Tipanya
  • Music Recordings: P. M. Satheesh & Rhzude David
  • Sound Mixing: Fireflys Post Sound, Mumbai
  • Advisors: Linda Hess, Ashok Vajpeyi, Vidya Rao, Purushottam Aggrawal, Tara Kini
  • Financial Support: Ford Foundation, New Delhi
  • Produced by: Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore