This June, i started walking along the Ganga for almost 3000kms from the ocean to the glaciers at 14000 feet, accompanied by a team which is filming a documentary on the river, presenting a very personal narrative of the Ganga and stories of the people who affect and are affected by it.
The experiences have maintained our understanding that there’s a need to bring these important conversations into the mainstream. This campaign will help us learn and share with you stories of the people of the basin who depend on the river and what urban/rural/industrial activities are doing to the river.
Status at time of project launch:
In one month, we’ve been able to cross the states of Bengal and Jharkhand and are now proceeding to enter Bihar. In more than 500kms of walking, we’ve encountered heart wrenching stories and heart warming experiences, but the understanding on how important this journey is, has increased manifold. We’re working to collect both anecdotal and scientific data from the field, which has helped us document very significant stories related to the river.
Why crowd funding?
This is the second round of crowd funding that we’re running, following the first one on Ketto through which we could raise 3lakhs of the targeted 10lakh amount. Any kind of sponsorship from big corporate organisations generally brings with it some sort of limitations, something that we don’t want to be limited by in our story telling, especially as new entrants into this field. This nature of gathering funds keeps the story telling unbiased and open, with the opportunity for anyone to question us and keep us in check.
What will the money be used for?
Four months of walking and filming requires a lot of resources, even with everyone working for the bare minimum and without compromising on quality or dedication. Your extremely valuable contributions will help us:
Stay alive (quite literally)
Get required equipment to do justice to the quality of output.
Arrange for logistics (4 months of camping gear/ permissions/ transportation vehicle/etc.)
Post production & creation of various types of art in collaboration with amazing artists (phase 2).
What is in it for you?
We also have a huge set of rewards, letters and post cards from the field, environment friendly merchandise, posters to adorn your rooms, access to the documentary before it’s public release, and even an opportunity to be on the field with the crew for a while! So go ahead, take a look and contribute. If you cannot contribute monetarily. even sharing this on your social media sites will be of great help!
A little background?
I’ve cycled across the country and walked across Rajasthan & Haryana, working on documenting causes and creating social impact along with. You can find details about the cycling journey as a report here and a short clip here. For the walk in Rajasthan, the filming for which was done by Digital Nerve, you view the trailer to the documentary for the walk here and view the direct social impact we created here.
In the Media: (Full)
Since the time that we launched this project, we’ve been spoken about in the media a few times. Here are a few links: