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About Life on the Ganges

Runtime: 9.51 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Documentary

Varanasi, India is one of the holiest cities, located in the northeastern part of the country. People from all over India, even the world, travel to Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges River to wash away their sins and purify their souls. Along the river embankment are boatmen who row tourists up and down the Ganges during Dev Diwali, a festival celebrated 15 days after the national holiday of Diwali. The boat rides are part of the spiritual experience on this holy day, and the film introduces the audience to the river, this auspicious event, and one particular boatman, whose main source of strength and survival comes from the Ganges.


Best Shorts Competition Award, Award of Recognition: DocumentaryShort,June 2017

Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival, nominated for Best Short Documentary, April 2017

Hollywood International Independent DocumentaryAwards, January 2017, Finalist, Award of Recognition

Southern Shorts Awards- “Award of Merit,” 8 categories; Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Music, Producer, Production Design, Screenplay and Sound Design, Roswell, Ga. April, 2017

Post Screening Discussions:

Post Screening Discussion with Director Indira Somani and Music Composer