Maha Kumbh was crash course in Hinduism: French filmmaker

Indo Asian News Service
3 March 2013

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) French documentary maker Diego Bunuel, who spent 21 days at the ongoing Maha Kumbh, the largest gathering of people in the world, in Allahabad, said it was more like a crash course in Hinduism.

Diego, 38, was in the holy city in Uttar Pradesh to shoot an hour-long documentary "Inside The Mahakumbh" that covers the scale, details, quirks and moments of Maha Kumbh. It will be aired on National Geographic Channel March 4 and he will host it for the channel.

Speaking about his experiences at the Kumbh, Diego said "the trip was like receiving a crash course in Hinduism".

"Unlike Europe, where religion needs revival, in India it's very much alive and has a diversity that can encompass everyone," added Diego, who is of Spanish-French origin and grew up in the US harbouring a passion for travel and journalism.

He was also impressed by the logistics of the event, the facilities being provided at the location and the way the authorities managed such huge crowds with promptness.

He felt it was "nothing less than a commendable military operation".

The filmmaker also felt that there is no need to revive the religion and culture here because he saw people "living it as part of their daily life".

Dubbed in 26 languages, the documentary will be broadcast in 68 countries.

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