Under the Himalayas

Under the Himalayas

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:LifestyleArts & CultureStatus:On going Description: In ancient Asia, a land full of mysteries and civilizations, some people still lead a life in the most primitive way: they live, produce, carry things on shoulders, pick things by hands, travel on foot and migrate……they help develop a way of making a living and create a human landscape. With all the sufferings they bear, they have preserved what modern city-dwellers call “culture”. Yet, these people have only one simple goal - to survive. In the documentary series 'Under the Himalayas', a programme of five half-hour episodes, we shall leave solid footprints in five different places: taking the highest peak in the world Mount Everest as the centre of a circle, we shall lead the audience on voyage along the northwest region of China to the treacherous Huashan, going across Gan-Shaan plain and Xinjiang terrain, passing through Qinghai into the mysterious Tibetan area, crossing the border via the glacier for taking a break at the foot of Mount Everest in Nepal before arriving at the ancient but emerging country - India. On our way, not a satisfying life can be seen: labourious porters chanting lonesome but melodious old tunes at the ancient Huashan; scarred hands of the cotton farmers at Gobi Desert in Xinjiang; following Tibetan drivers jolting along the hundred-million-year-old glacier in the Ali prefecture at thousand meters of altitude; at the Sino-Nepalese border, the skinny backs of the Sherpa guides who are destined to challenge their physical limits; hardships and plight endured by barefoot rickshaw pullers with mixed feelings in Calcutta - the “dying city” built 150 years ago. When the journey of lives ends, we may gradually be able to savour the satisfaction from life.

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Rickshaw Pullers like Autumn Leaves 00:21:44 2015-07-09
More than a century ago, rickshaws were seen in India, along with the invasion of western culture. At first, only white families used them as a means of transport. In the last century, the government began to allow the lower class to make a living by taking passengers in rickshaws.
Mohammed's family fled from Bangladesh. Forty years ago, their previous generation came to Kolkata, starting their lives as immigrants. Living outside the British Museum, two generations of immigrants have made a living by pulling rickshaws, and life is tough. Sreejith is a farmer from Bihar, and at the age of 64 he is the oldest rickshaw puller on Sudder street. He has been a rickshaw puller for 42 years. Twelve people in his town depend on his support.
Recently, the Kolkata government has been dedicated to banning the rickshaw pulling industry, impacting India’s international image. Today is the 200 anniversary of the British Museum, and with renovation as an excuse, the government expels homeless people outside the wall. The refugees from Bangladesh become living fossils in the transportation history. These final pullers in the 21st century become tears that never dry on the face of Kolkata, and scars that never heal in its heart.