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"Forests of Reverence" For Air India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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Description / Synopsis

Thousands of sacred forests dot the Indian landscape. These are forests associated with a local deity. Revered by local communities for generations, the sacred groves have been preserved on the basis of faith. Home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species, these virgin forests are rich reservoirs of biodiversity. Shot in the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, ‘Forests of Reverence’, is the story of two native communities, who have withstood the forces of the modern world to protect their faith and the forests. Shot in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and New Delhi, the film looks at the interesting pieces of green architecture, both traditional and modern examples.


The need to highlight the role of traditional beliefs and conservation systems in the preservation of biodiversity


To create awareness about forest preservation and illustrate how conservation is not a modern concern but was encouraged and continues to be promoted by faith and traditional beliefs.


Positive feedback from viewers revealed their growing interest in learning more about sacred groves, biodiversity and conservation efforts

Title"Forests of Reverence"
AgencyThe Energy and Resources Institute
CityNew Delhi
AdvertiserAir India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Brand NameGreen Pastures (series name)
Sustainability Themes Lands, Soils, Forests & Mountains, Education & Awareness, Biodiversity
Date of First Publication 01/07/2007
Country of ProductionIndia
Length60 seconds
Soundtrack/SongOriginal score
Account Manager: Annapurna  Vancheswaran
Cameraman: Rita  Banerji
Director: Rishu  Nigam
Music: Nitin  Malik
Sound: Surinder  Panwar
Voice: Rini  Khanna