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Earth Diaries: The Ghats of Varanasi

Posted on 6/27/2017 2:27:00 PM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

This short film produced by Earth Diaries visits the ghats of Varanasi to learn about India’s relationship to water and the divine. Professor Susham Bedi of Columbia University says, “You can see the whole of life, every aspect from life to death” along the ghats of Varanasi. People cremate their loved ones here. They wash their clothing. They perform their religious duties and prayers. These familiar and sacred interactions with the water have made the Ganges an integral presence in India, so much so that a court in India officially granted the river legal status as a person. Imagine that!

Courtesy of Cynthia Younker

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

Witness these rituals at the bathing ghats of the Ganges River in Varanasi with O.A.T. during Heart of India.

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