‘Buddhism – A Spiritual Journey’ traces one of the greatest spiritual journeys ever – the journey of Buddha. The places visited by Buddha were considered very sacred by his followers. In conformity with the high sanctity of these places, there grew up myriads of Buddhist establishments resulting in a trail of pilgrimage sites, which came to be known as the ‘Buddhist Circuit’.
This film shot in Bihar, U.P. and Southern Nepal portrays some of the momentous events of the Buddha’s life. It attempts to capture more than 2500 year old ethos by highlighting the sacred sites and their association with the Great Masters life. It also showcases paintings, Sculptures, architecture and poetry depicting his life and philosophy. This film remained a major component of the Promotion of Buddhist Circuit for Bihar Tourism. DVD copies of the film in English, Chinese, Japanese, Sinhala and Thai have been distributed all over the world by the Department of Tourism, Government of Bihar.
The film is a humble tribute to the Buddha and the rich Buddhist heritage of India. Made in Docu-drama style, it was very well researched and won international acclaim.
Awards & Accolades:
i. ‘Best Presentation Award’, WTF Shanghai, 2005.
ii. A UNESCO Delegation, after a special organised for it at Bodhgaya, on
April 23, 2005, commented – “It is one of the most beautifully made films. It does not impose anything on you. It gives information in the most beautiful and interesting manner. The film is perhaps the best vehicle for the promotion of the Buddhist Circuit and the Mahabodhi Temple”
iii. Most Innovative Product Award, TTF & OTF Kolkatta, July 2006.
iv. Most Innovative Product Award, TTF & OTF Chennai, January 2007.
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Research, Script, Produced and Directed by: Surinder M. Talwar
Music Director: Pankaj Badra
Language: 05 languages – English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Sinhala.
Year of Production: 2004-2005 (Main English Version) and 2005-2006 (foreign language versions)
Clients: Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Bihar and Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC).
Copyright: First Frame, Panchkula (The rights jointly belonged to the BTMC & First Frame till 2015. After 2015 they exclusively belong to First Frame as per the agreement.)