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Pangea Day. Kenyans sing for India.

  • April 8, 2008
  • Gautam
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Leading film-makers are seeking to change the way we think about other countries. This is one of a powerful series of films to be shown on Pangea Day, May 10, “the day the world comes together through film”.

Here, set against the backdrops of Nairobi city and the beautiful landscape of Uhuru Park (Maasai country), a Kenyan choir sings the Indian national anthem. The director has chosen the Indian anthem because Kenya is home to a sizeable Hindu population (including Sikhs & Jains also) of approximately 2.5 million, most of them descendants of the East African Railways labourers who were brought over by the British during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the British colonialists ruled Kenya and the rest of the East African region.

And what does this have to do with the publishing industry? Just that the internet doesn’t recognize national boundaries. And books, online, can do what video online does. The world is global; the globe is local; produce locally and consume globally.

It’s a fast changing world out there…

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