A Tamil Muslim’s journey in search of his roots and identity
About the Film
Yaadhum is about Tamil Muslim history and identity, and how Islam took early roots in the Tamil country, even as it was spreading across the Arabian Peninsula and beyond. The story is told through Kombai S. Anwar’s perspective, and covers archaeological excavations, inscriptions, old mosques built in the architectural traditions of Tamil Nadu & Kerala, literature and interviews with well known historians. The film showcases more than a millennium old harmonious co-existence of Islam in Tamizhagam.
About the Film Maker
Kombai S. Anwar started his career as a freelance Journalist and photographer with ‘Aside’, a Chennai based fortnightly. He went on to publish in other newspapers and magazines and was also involved in the electronic media, before he found his true calling in documenting History. As an independent researcher he has been focusing on South Indian history, in particular the much misunderstood Muslim history. He is also a contributor to the “Madras Gazetteer Project”, which documents the history of Madras that is Chennai from 1600 to 2000 CE. He was commissioned by the Archaeological Survey of India to make a series of short films on the Big Temple at Thanjavur, made in commemoration of the 1000th year celebrations of the famous World Heritage Monument.