DOCU Anu Malhotra presents the esoteric world of the Shamans

T he smoke of juniper leaves, intensifying drum beats and fierce ringing of bells; characterised by the ceremonial dropping of the hat. Welcome to the world of myth and magic, of trance, the esoteric and cosmic communication.

Renowned filmmaker Anu Malhotra, in her television series, Shamans of the Himalayas, takes us to the land of gods in the shadow of the snow-capped mountains of Himachal Pradesh at the Indian premiere of her documentary film held in New Delhi. It has already been showcased at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

An extraordinary world where Shamans, locally called Gurs — trance mediums of living gods and goddesses — address their devotees and resolve their problems.

The theatrical 104-minute version of the four-part series of the film by Anu Malhotra, will be released in theatres across Europe and North America.

Shot over 14 months in the villages of the Kullu Valley where every valley and village is home to several gods and goddesses, the director makes an attempt to unveil the mysteries surrounding Shamanism while witnessing and experiencing the sacred rituals, exorcisms, traditional religious practices and healing techniques.