Beyond the Sacred Fires: Business of Cremation and Ganga Aarti in Banaras
The Ganga ghats have over a hundred bodies cremated everyday, in the hope of attaining moksha. The Dom cremators work to keep the pyres burning as a boatful of tourists passes, clicking away silently. This study aims to explore the livelihoods of these cremators. Further, the Ganga Arti performance at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, which has the ability to mesmerize an audience of hundreds was also studied from a socio-cultural perspective.
Faculty MentorDr. Sharon Barnhardt and Dr. Pavan Mamidi
Group MembersShreya Agarwal, Svankita Arora, Siddhi Ashar, Padmapriya Eunny, Kayannush Gaurd, Saumya Jain, Madhurima Khadilkar, Modak KS, Manojna Lanka, Ragini Rao Manjuluri, Deeksha Napa, Manish Ruparel, Harsh Shah, Arush Wad