Ladakh

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Deb Mukharji
Deb Mukharji made multiple treks across the entire stretch of the Himalaya over six decades. The result is a photographic documentation spanning India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet and five Indian states (Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Ladakh). He has curated a selection of…
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Deb Mukharji
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Isaac Tsetan Gergan
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Nawang Tsering Shakspo
The charismatic teachings and deeds of Guru Padmasambhava have had wide-reaching effects on the followers of Tibetan Buddhism in Ladakh. I would like to start with a quote from Chandra Das’ A Tibetan–English Dictionary: Pad-ma abun-gna is the Tibetan name of the great master of magic who came into…
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Manan Kapoor
Cham is a vibrant Buddhist dance performed by and associated with a number of Tibetan Buddhist sects. A common feature during occasions such as the Hemis festival, there are different kinds of chams, each with a backstory and a legend. We look at five chams—the skeleton dance (durdak garcham), the…
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Rigzin Chodon
  This short video documents the rituals and practices around a wedding ceremony that is still practised in the Rong Chu rGyud region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The documentary was shot in Hemya village that lies 80 kilometers from Leh. The two main ceremonies, the Sha Chang and the Bagston…
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Rigzin Chodon
  Losal Dorjay is an Onpo (astrologer) from Kidmang village, that lies in the Rong Chu rGyud area of Ladakh. He inherited and learnt astrology from his grandfather. His grandfather’s tattered astrology chart now lies carefully with him. These days he uses modern astrology charts that are printed…
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Rigzin Chodon
  Sonam Dorjay, a village elder from Kairy village in Rong Changthang, gives an overview of the three different kinds of wedding ceremonies (in Buddhist families) that are usually held in the Rong Chu rGyud area of Ladakh. He talks about an elaborate wedding practice that includes an 80-songs duel…
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Sanjay Dhar
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