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Take Me To The River is a documentary film shot in 2001 at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. This Hindu festival and pilgrimage was the largest gathering in the history of the world. The film documents the event by immersing you in the midst of the madness. Experience a roller coaster of emotions as obscurity and clarity flow across the crowded and dusty flood plain of Ganges and Yamuna Rivers. Through misty dawns, crowded streets, peaceful moments and chaotic sprints to the river, you'll journey into the Sangam, the physical and spiritual heart of the Mela where sins are cleansed, bathers can escape infinite karmic cycles and world peace is possible. You'll meet Swamis from the largest and most prestigious Hindu holy orders, ascetic naga babas, boatmen, policemen and pilgrims.
Running time: Approximately 80 minutes.
Visual Notes: The majority of the visual material was shot on Super-16mm Kodak film with an Arriflex SR-II. Additional material was shot on Mini Digital Video with Sony PD-150, PC-100, Canon GL-1 and Elura. Some 35mm and digital still photography will also be included.
Audio: Sound and music recorded on location using an HHB PortaDAT digital audio recorder, as well as a Sony Mini Disc recorder and MiniDV. A small recording studio was established at our residence/production office where local and visiting musicians were invited to play together with some of the members of our crew. Except for some subtle motifs, all sound and music were recorded exclusively on location at the Kumbh Mela.
The Maha Khumba Mela: The Maha Kumbh Mela, that took place in Allahabad, India in January 2001, is estimated to be the largest gathering of human beings in the history of the world. Official figures state that over 27 million people came to bathe on one day alone - January 24, which was the most favorable time for a "holy dip" in the waters of the Sangam. Near the beginning of time, according to Hindu Myth, the Gods and Demons battled for possession of the amrit (nectar of immortality). In the struggle, four drops of nectar fell to the ground. Hindus believe that these places continue to reverberate with the power and energy of the gods and Mela's are held every 3 years in one of the four holy locations. The Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad is considered the most auspicious is because it occurs at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati Rivers.