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Two award-winning films by Pepe Ozan & Melitta Tchaicovsky PDF Print E-mail

Play List for November 10, 2008
Sunshine Coast Film Society

Ganga Ma: A Pilgrimage to the Source
USA, 2001, 58 min


Ganga Ma: A Pilgrimage to the Source


From the mouth of the Ganges river to the Bay of Bengal to the Himalayan glaciers, Ganga Ma follows the holiest pilgrimage of the Hindus and shows a vivid and insightful vision of India, as seen through the eyes of a pilgrim, with striking images of festivals, funeral ceremonies, art and the daily life of the ancient Hindu culture thriving along the banks of the River. The funeral of the last Maharaja of Benares, the Kumbha Mela 2001 - the largest gathering of people in the world - is shown in an intense and engaging narrative of visuals and music. The images, aided by spontaneous statements of holy and ordinary men, invite the viewer to a journey of spiritual introspection. Winner of "Best Documentary" at the Taos Mountain Film Festival.

Jaisalmer Ayo!: Gateway of the Gypsies
USA, 2004, 54 min


Shot in remote areas of Rajasthan's Thar desert, in northwest India, Jaisalmer Ayo! captures the lives and journeys of vanishing nomadic communities who are believed to share common ancestors with the European Roma (Gypsies). From the open roads of the desert to their temporary encampments, for a period of seven months the filmmakers followed the castes of Bhopas (storytellers), Jogis (snake charmers), Kalbelyas (dancers), Banjaras (salt-traders), Gadolya Lohars (blacksmiths) and Manganiars (musicians) who move from village to village in their struggle for survival. The remarkable soundtrack of Rajasthani music merges with the images of an ancient world, while presenting the way of life, music, dance and rituals of the last generation of nomads remaining in the region. Winner of "Best Documentary" at the San Francisco Video Fest.

The Shakti Dance Academy PDF Print E-mail's Udaipur sponsor, the Big Medicine Charitable Trust is now seeking help and developing plans to open the Shakti Dance Academy in September 2012 after a Jan~April 2012 preparatory phase assisted by the Vanaver Caravan. See initial explanation of the "Helping Shakti Rise" film/tour/school project here and the Shakti Rising blog site here.

Our first phase 2012 pilot project - "Global Dance Education Exchange" - is chronicled at the Shakti Rising blog spot above and the entire final 101-student recital is now available online here.

If you would like to help, we encourage you to "Like" us at our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Also please pass around our latest Vanaver Caravan press release here.

Also please check out this video introduction  and the proposal outline below.


For a legible view of this outline, click the Fullscreen icon on the bottom right of the window below.

E3SD: Building an Educational Professional Base for Greening India Projects & Reforms PDF Print E-mail

 Working in collaboration with Principal Madhu Sareen of Mahila Mandal, Big Med co-director Premilla Dixit has located and organized some of the most influential and environmentally progressive leaders in Udaipur's rich educational community. The new network is crystalizing under the title of "Educators for Environmental Education and Sustainable Development" and will be helping to pioneer green school audits and curricular transformation over the coming year. For more info, please click here .

Greening Udaipur's Renowned Gandhian Empowerment School for Girls at Risk PDF Print E-mail
Greening Mahila Mandal logo
Founded in the Thirties at Mahatma Gandhi's request, Udaipur's Mahila Mandal has educated tens of thousands of tribal and impoverished girls from the region's most disadvantaged communities. Today this inspiring school continues to pioneer the social frontier and is now starting to train its 1500 strong K~12 student body in environmental wisdom as well as trades and academic skills. Click on logo for more info...
Mahila Mandal and Sulabh PDF Print E-mail

This is a Project Heading note for the project to connect Mahila Mandal and Sulabh International.

Basic Idea

Sulabh has first-rate sustainable solutions to public sanitation systems. Mahila Mandal is a school for disadvantaged girls in Udaipur. A win-win project has been proposed to bring Sulabh and Mahila together.

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