60 minutes/ HD Digital Video/ 2013/English/ Produced
by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Ministry of Culture,
Govt. of India.
Project Director: Molly Kaushal
Director: Bappa Ray
Camera: Karan Thapliyal
Editing: Vishal Chauhan
Mahayana Buddhism, both as a religion and a way of life has influenced
the outlook of diverse communities in the Himalayan region. From
Ladakh and Himachal in the west to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim in the
east, in small villages scattered throughout the areas bordering
Tibet, are communities who have adopted the Buddhist way of life.
From the 7th century, Buddhism underwent radical changes, and new
forms appeared which were called Mahayana and Vajrayana or Tantra. The
discipline combines yoga practice with highly complex ritualism, mixed
with magic, and involves the worship of a large number of divinities,
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Knowing that death was near….the Buddha himself foretold… “there will
be born one who will be much wiser and more spiritually powerful then
Myself. He will be called padmasambhava and he will transmit the
Esoteric Doctrine in the world”.
Padmasambhava, also called Guru Rimpoche, was the greate Master of
Tantra, and Tibet became the centre of its dissemination. And from
here his popularity conquered the whole of the Himalayan region.
Wherever Buddhism prevailed, artistic pagodas, monasteries and
beautiful stupas now dot the landscape.
The film looks at the influence of Buddhism – a Living Religion, on
the socio-cultural heritage, dances, festivals, arts and craft of
Buddhist communities in the North Eastern region of India, especially
Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The film has been produced under the ‘North-East Study’ programme of
the Janapada Sampada Division of the IGNCA.