Customs and traditions in a society links its members with their roots and through following these traditions they get connect with their origin. In this ever changing world, new things are replacing old ones, perhaps this is one of the way of life to conspire against permanency of things. Changes are good but today in this storm of modernity, some beautiful things are losing their grounds forever. Many languages are disappearing from the world, many musical instruments are on the way to museum as not a single artists is alive who knows to play them .Some ancient traditions are also in a danger.
The Nhaan is a unique and formidable folk festival of hadoti running through five days with participation of thousands of people blossoming through a plethora of Theatrical activities and renderings. This festival is organized in the township Sangod every year just after holi. The point to be noted is that even without any government help it is mighty effective and forceful .This folk festival started around 1600 A.D. and is being celebrated ever since ceaselessly and is part and parcel of local ethos .
The Nhaan literally means ‘To bathe‘ but since the festival is linked with the celebrations of holi, people bathe in the bliss of enthusiasm. Thousands of people from the surrounding villages and other places flock in sangod and camp there in for five days to enjoy the festivals to their hearts content. The festival starts with the worship of the goddess Bhawani and the ghoogri(boiled grains) is distributed as Prasad . Rural Artists, admirers and experts astounding people with their acrobatics, Swangs (Mimicry artists with different make ups), all render their performances winning the hearts of gathering .The magnum opus of the festival is “Badshah ki sawari” one of the villagers play the role of the king and the makeup so lively that the person is considered as real king for one day. The faith and the reverence is overflowing here and there and everywhere. The motive of making a film on the Nhaan is to make more and more people aware of this deep rooted folk festival having such profound influence .
There are many such traditions which are being celebrated till today but may lost in current of time in near future .I am an independent filmmaker .I have made a film on dying art of calligraphy in India named “tears of dancing letters” (link of promo of my earlier film this film was self-funded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qdHhpI04HA ).I have completed my research work for a documentary Nhaan. Since Rajasthan is my homeland, this project is very close to my heart and I have a very Natural point of view for these cultures. I have already completed most of the shoots and pre-production work but now I am out of budget .I need some amount for post-production work. I hope I will be able to get funds in desirable time. Thanks.