Filmmaker Anu Malhotra meets up with Meru, her local guide for this series, who helps her get a deeper insight in the cultural context of Himachali shamans.

Meru takes her to a vibrant village festival, celebrating the birthday of Hadimba Devi, the powerful demon goddess and patron deity of Kullu Valley. At the festival, Anu encounters her first shaman, Tularam. Anu is enthralled as Tularam ritually invokes the Hadimba Devi, goes into an intense divine possession trance and then speaks as the Devi to all the people present.

Instructor/Host: Anu Malhotra
Video Language: English