Lakshmanrekha by Nandan Saxena, Kavita Bahl

Many years ago, Lapodiya was just another drought-hit village in Rajasthan, with large-scale migration and dying cattle. A young Laxman Singh, following traditional wisdom, carved an oasis out of the desert, leading a movement that caught the imagination of the poor villagers, giving them control over their water. Still active in raising awareness about water conservation, Laxman Singh’s efforts remind people of their role as the custodians of the earth's resources.

Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl are award-winning independent filmmakers and media-trainers. Quitting journalism to tell stories through film, they set up Top Quark Films in 1997, and have since made a number of films exploring ecology, livelihoods, development and human rights, winning three National Film Awards, among others.

  • Cinematographers: Nandan Saxena, Kavita Bahl, Sanjay Malakar
  • Sound Recordists: Sanjay Singh Karki, Ravi Sharma
  • Editor: Nandan Saxena
  • Audio Mixer, Colour Gradist: Rajiv Mudgal
  • Project Partner: Films Division

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