H2O - Water in India

H2O - Water in India


About The Event

University of Hyderabad

In association with Prakriti Foundation, Chennai

& Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film Festival


‘H2O,’ i.e. Water in India

Auditorium, School of Humanities, UoH

Tuesday, 11th March, 2014, 2.00 to 5.30 pm


2.00 to 2.45 pm: Water and a City bySwati Dandekar

2.45 to 3.15 pm: Renukaji Dilli Ki Nalon Main by Kurush Canteenwala

3.15 to 3.30 pm: Kahani Pani by Devendra Ghorpade, Prakash Sao, Ufaque Paiker, Arpita Chakraborty

3.30 to 3.35 pm: A Can of Water and Risky Existence by Hemavathy Guha

3.35 to 4.15 pm: Talk and Discussion

4.15 to 4.30 pm: Tea Break

4.30 to 5.00 pm: Deeply Superficial byVeneet Raj Bagga

5.00 to 5.30 pm: Ponds of Bengal byNilanjan Bhattacharya


All are Invited

Film Synopsis

Water and a City,50 minutes,Swati Dandekar

How much water does a person need? Who ensures that this need is met? Do we have a “right to water”? Located in Bangalore, India’s IT capital, the film traces the journey of water into and out of urban homes. Along this journey, it looks at how cities and city dwellers across the social and economic strata interact with water. It looks at access to water for the poor, the politics of water pricing, and urban India’s continuous exploitation of natural resources. The film also explores possible alternatives for a water future that is ecologically sustainable, and socially just.

Renukaji Dilli Ke Nalon Mein (Renukaji, in Delhi's Taps),30 minutes,Kurush Canteenwala

Each drop of water holds the river within itself. ‘Once Upon a River’ tries to imagine and trace the landscape within the drop – the chaos that gives way to a mysterious design, the ebb, the flow, the swirl, the illumination, memory, remembrance, affirmation and existence.

Kahaani Pani,12 minutes, Devendra Ghorpade, Prakash Sao, Ufaque Paiker, Arpita Chakraborty

The film portrays the struggle of the residents of Sathe Nagar, a slum in Mumbai? M (East) Ward, for drinking water. Through the stories of Sushila Patel, a balwadi teacher and Santosh Thorat, an activist, the film highlights issues such as the threat of demolition and the lack of access to basic amenities as well as the resistance of the community to this systemic marginalisation.

A Can of Water and Risky Existence, 5 minutes,Hemavathy Guha

This short film depicts the water shortage and crisis in Delhi, and its effect on the city’s children. They are sent to fetch drinking water - sometimes covering long and dangerous routes to fetch only a can of water. The title A Can of Water refers also to the can of Ganga water kept commonly in Indian homes. The scenes depicted in the film are an everyday occurrence in the neighbourhood of Garhi village, where the director’s studio is located.

Deeply Superficial, 26 minutes,Veneet Raj Bagga

Deeply Superficial is the chronicle of many meanings the waters of the river Ganga holds for the people of this diverse country. Mired in these meanings is a strange irony – where the river is venerated as holy and pure, the condition of its water and surroundings is tragic and full of filth. The film seeks out the people working to save the river and implores that each one of us can contribute our bit to retain and preserve the essence of our rivers for generations to come.

Ponds of Bengal, 26 minutes,Nilanjan Bhattacharya

Water bodies play a significant role in the rural life of Bengal. The naturally developed water bodies or the artificially created ones harbour rich biodiversity. The act as life sources for a large number of people in rural Bengal. Ponds of Bengal tries to give an impression on the immensely rich wetland biodiversity as well as capture the traditional knowledge of people of managing these rich biodiversity.

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