Holiwater (2013) Movie

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Gaïa Films [nz]

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Two wandering Indian mystics travel 3000miles along the banks of the Ganges river, in search of a missing son

docudrama, educational, environmental, ganges-river, india, tantra, water, world-music, yogi,

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RAT:1.78 : 1

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  1. Baul, Deb Das as [Himself] <1>
  2. Baul, Kannai Das as [Himself] <2>
  3. Baul, Lakhan Das as [Himself]
  4. Baul, Uttam Das as [Himself]
  5. Bhattachharrya, Baskar as [Himself]


  1. Adventure
  2. Biography
  3. Documentary
  4. Drama

Full Plot

Kannai, a blind and ailing mystical poet of the Baul musical tradition, is aware he has only one journey remaining in him. He has decided to use it finding his estranged son, Monkumar. Kannai is accompanied on his quest by lifelong friend and fellow musician Deb Das. Their journey needs no map. The two companions follow the mighty River Ganges from its mouth in the Bay of Bengal up to its sources in the holy Himalayas and back to their home village of Bolepur In West-Bengal. A hidden India unfolds as the friends progress on their path. A string of comic, colorful, and musical encounters with fellow mystics follow during rickety train rides, sojourns on houseboats, religious festivals, and meanderings across India's breathtaking and unforgiving landscapes. Throughout the journey, Deb Das acts as the eyes of his blind friend, describing in vivid detail each new experience they face. What Deb Das's words try to hide to his friend, however, is his growing disillusionment as he begins to witness the extent to which the lifeblood of India, the Ganges, is unwell. Andrei Jewell & Nicolas Yazgi Plot not found

Total Business

BT: USD 850,000


  1. Jewell, Andrei


  1. Erikson, Bella (story editor)
  2. Evers, Tessa (web strategist)
  3. Jean, Olivier (II) (production assistant)
  4. Moon, Gareth (II) (production coordinator)
  5. Walder, Rainer (production assistant)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Benares, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
  2. Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh, India
  3. Tehri, India
  4. Sagar, Bengal
  5. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
  6. Bolepur, West Bengal, India
  7. Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  8. Rishikesh, Uttaranchal, India


- Kannai and Deb Das Baul are internationally recognized musicians with many admirers on the world music scene. Kannai Baul, the leader of the Bauls, is the most renowned wandering musician in India, much admired for his voice, poetry and instrument playing. Deb Das is an enigmatic figure in his rural homeland of West Bengal, for many years he was a radio artist on Calcutta All India Radio and has performed in Europe and Japan, in the latter case for the Dalai Lama. With a mix of Chaplainesque comic warmth with a rare emotional availability the lack of self-consciousness in Kannai and Deb Das is transfixing allowing for a film is almost beyond fly on the wall.

- Kannai and Deb Das Baul featured in the last chapter of William Darlymple's international best seller "Nine Lives".

- Co-composer Tom Bailey is the former leader of the late 80's British pop global phenomenon "The Thompson Twins". He has worked with Madonna, Debbie Harry, Nile Rodgers, Foreigner and Lee Scratch Perry.

- Percussionist James Pinker collaborated with Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook, Jesus and the Mary Chain and Dead Can Dance.

- Pandit Vikash Maharaj & his son Prabash Maharaj are part of