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Conversations at the Kumbh Mela : Allahabad, 2013 / directed by Yashodara Udupa.

Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Mumbai : Anugraha, 2015]Description: 1 videodisc (55 mins.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.Content type: a two-dimensional moving image Media type: video Carrier type: videodiscSubject(s): Kumbha Melā (Hindu festival) -- India -- Allahabad | Allahabad (India)Genre/Form: Feature films. | Documentary films. DDC classification: Produced by Anugraha; Directed and edited by Yashodara Udupa; Music Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy; Camera: Yashodara Udupa, Sudhanva R. Atri. Summary: Millions of people congregate for two months in the fifty-eight square kilometre area on the bed of the Ganga at Allahabad to celebrate in the Kumbh Mela. In the chaos, many get lost and most are reunited with their families every day. Hundreds of religious and spiritual leaders pontificate to the gathered multitudes, as naga babas very often steal the show. This is the story of the Kumbh. This film is an attempt to capture the essence of the experiential aspects of being in that space, at that time on the banks of the Ganga. It hopes to put spirit back into ancient, mythological stories handed down for generations, and dismiss the idea of faith as being merely a collection of uninformed and blind rituals. Above the din echoed by the matrix of loudspeakers, you hear stories and afar from the crowds, you grow closer to faith. When you are but one drop in the sea of people, you realise how little you are. It is only when you are lost in the biggest gathering of people on earth, do you discover the Kumbh anew. Such are the paradoxes offered by the Maha Kumbhmela as you float from one experience to the next, drift from one story to the next.
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Produced by Anugraha; Directed and edited by Yashodara Udupa; Music Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy; Camera: Yashodara Udupa, Sudhanva R. Atri.

Millions of people congregate for two months in the fifty-eight square kilometre area on the bed of the Ganga at Allahabad to celebrate in the Kumbh Mela. In the chaos, many get lost and most are reunited with their families every day. Hundreds of religious and spiritual leaders pontificate to the gathered multitudes, as naga babas very often steal the show. This is the story of the Kumbh.
This film is an attempt to capture the essence of the experiential aspects of being in that space, at that time on the banks of the Ganga. It hopes to put spirit back into ancient, mythological stories handed down for generations, and dismiss the idea of faith as being merely a collection of uninformed and blind rituals.

Above the din echoed by the matrix of loudspeakers, you hear stories and afar from the crowds, you grow closer to faith. When you are but one drop in the sea of people, you realise how little you are. It is only when you are lost in the biggest gathering of people on earth, do you discover the Kumbh anew. Such are the paradoxes offered by the Maha Kumbhmela as you float from one experience to the next, drift from one story to the next.

In Hindi and English with subtitles in English.

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