'Kunds' of Godavari: Ramesh Padwal in conversation with Devang Jani

'Kunds' of Godavari: Ramesh Padwal in conversation with Devang Jani

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Published on: 08 April 2019

Shilpa Dahake

After training in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture Delhi, Shilpa turned to the discipline of Anthropology and joined the Masters Programme at the University of Pune. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali. She has worked at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune under a project funded by UNICEF and the Government of Maharashtra. Her doctoral research explores the interaction of socio-political, cultural and ecological dimensions of the Godavari River in Nashik.

Ramesh Padwal in conversation with Devang Jani, Jani Wada at Godavari Ghat; December 5, 2017 (Marathi with English subtitles)


In this video, Ramesh Padwal (a Nashik-based journalist and historian) interviews Devang Jani (an environmentalist and the Founder of Godapremi Nagari Sewa Samiti). The family of Mr Jani has been living along Godavari Ghats for many decades and is actively involved in the religious affairs of the Kapaleshwar temple along the river. Seeing the continuous degradation of the kunds along the Godavari Ghats, Mr Jani initiated a legal fight demanding proper conservation and rejuvenation of these historical kunds. In this conversation, Mr Jani talks about the evolution of the Godavari Ghats and the history of the 17 kunds that were built during the reign of Peshwas in Nashik.