Nestling under the shadow of the majestic Himalayas, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, lies the picturesque Kullu Valley, also known as “Dev Bhoomi”- The Land of Gods.
Every village here is home to several Devi and Devtas, who are revered as Living Gods. The conduit to these Gods is the Himachali Shaman, who mediates between the community and the invisible worlds of energy and spirit. Anu Malhotra explores this mythical and magical world in her acclaimed documentary series, the Shamans of the Himalayas.
The ‘Mortals of Devbhoomi’, presents exquisite portraits of Himachali people, photographed in several far flung villages by Anu, whilst she was filming her docu- series. Anu holds the Himachali village folk in high regard for their amazing sense of community, living in peaceful togetherness and their ancient wisdom traditions.
These are important photographs as they capture a world that is rapidly transforming and may soon be extinct.