5th June 2015 | Gayarmunda Village, Deoghar, Odisha | Dashrathi Behera
For those whose lives are so intricately tied up with the land, rivers and forests of a region, celebrating and worshipping nature is an integral part of their cultures.
While on one hand rampant mining, badly planned dams and industrial projects damage the land and the lives that depend on it, some communities hang on to whatever can be saved.
This video documents the celebration of the Jharan festival by the Munda Tribal community.
"We observe this festival to get adequate water for our land and for the protection of our forests," says Guni Munda an elderly member of the community who says that the festival has been observed for generations past.
The dam at Kothida, Bharud Pura, Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh took just a year to get a crack. More than 11 surrounding villages are at risk now due to this leakage and residents are asked to vacate the area.
The matter is serious - in Jatrahi village under Sikid village council of Chatra Block, Chatra District of Jharkhand, 25 families of Bhuyan community were living for 70 years and they are asked to relocate.