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Hola Mahalla-Sikh festival with spirituality, horse stunts & sword fighting attended by thousands at Anandpur, Punjab, India.
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What is this Kickstarter for 

This Kickstarter project is for a documentary film, book and podcasts about the festival Hola Mahalla. The Hola Mahalla festival showcases and celebrates Sikh warriors, combat techniques for battle and was first celebrated over 300 years ago.

What is Hola Mahalla? 

Holla Mohalla is a festival predominantly celebrated in Anandpur, India over the course of one week. Over a million visitors flock in their thousands to see some of the best horse stunts, sword fighting and mock battles. The festival leads up to the final day where visitors join in a procession to a giant field and spectate in war like activities. The festival began in the 18th century by Guru Gobind Singh Ji; the Tenth and final human Guru of the Sikhs. The aim was to train Sikhs in the traditional martial arts and to ensure they were always battle ready. Being a minority religion in India during this period Sikhs were constantly under the threat of attack by the majority rulers. Today people gather to keep this tradition alive and to have a snapshot into the past. To read more about the festival click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hola_Mohalla Watch the trailer I've put together above and see what the festival entails... May be one day you'll get to participate too.

Riding two horses at once
Riding two horses at once
Riding two horses at once
Riding two horses at once
Riding two horses at once
Riding two horses at once

Those that have attended the festival often comment about how it feels like you’ve been transported to another world and that they’ve had a glimpse of what it might have been like 300 years ago. The standout moments of the festival include the Sikh warriors in traditional clothes on horses performing amazing stunts - riding a horse or two whilst stood up at the same time and the sword fights with real swords. You can see a snapshot of this in the above trailer.

Where does your money go

I have made considerable progress on the documentary and now I am looking to conduct the final interviews so that I can complete the work needed for the Documentary, book and podcasts. 

Your money will help towards the production of multi platform resources video documentary, book, audio podcasts. The money will help with a variety of costs including:

  • editing and production costs
  • graphics and animation costs
  • interviews and travel costs

I’ve created a several perks to make sure you get something for each level that you back and support this project.


Thank you for reading and your support

Thank you to everyone for supporting this project, it is greatly appreciated. For those that cant back the project financially, you can still get involved by spreading the word and sharing the kickstarter page.

Thank you to everyone and I hope to bring you an exciting project.

If you’ve experienced the festival and you want to share your experience email me on the address info@dscreations.tv and I’ll try to incorporate your experience into the project.

Perks and what you get for your money if you back the project

Reward #1 Pledge £1 or more

Every little helps and a big thank you: you’ll receive a Social Media Hi5: Tweet/Facebook post thanking you personally to your page. If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter - I’ll still send you a big thank you anyway!

Reward #2 Pledge £5 or more

A digital copy of Hola Mohalla podcasts/audio recordings. This includes Baba Nihal Singh katha/speeches recorded at Anandpur during Hola Mahalla. PLUS: Social Media Hi5

Reward #3 Pledge £10 or more

A print from one of the photos that will form part of the documentary and your name in the credits of the documentary. PLUS: Podcasts + Social Media Hi5

Reward #4 Pledge £20 or more

Digital copy of the film + 5 prints sent to you from the project. PLUS: Podcasts + Social Media Hi5

Reward #5 Pledge £30 or more

DVD of the final documentary. PLUS: 5 prints + Podcasts + Social Media Hi5

Reward #6 Pledge £50 or more

Book & DVD. PLUS: 5 Prints + Podcasts + Social Media Hi5

Reward #7 Pledge £100 or more

A2 Poster & Book & DVD. PLUS: 5 Prints + Podcasts + Social Media Hi5

Reward #8 Pledge £200 or more

Company logo added to credit sequence with a "Special Thanks" message. PLUS: Poster & Book & DVD. 5 prints + Podcasts + Social Media Hi5

Reward #9 Pledge £300 or more

Executive Producer credit. PLUS: Poster & Book & DVD. 5 Prints + Podcasts + Social Media Hi5

Reward #10 Pledge £500 or more

Special screening at your location/organisation with a presentation and Q & A with the director. PLUS: Poster & Book & DVD. 5 Prints + Podcasts + Social Media Hi5. (UK only)

Risks and challenges

As with any project of this type we are reliant on the availability of third parties to conduct the interviews. Furthermore we are also counting on a smooth production and printing process. We believe the processes put in place and project management enlisted, will negate these risks. Any Kick-starters who invest, will be notified, if any delays do happen.

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