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The Great Night of Shiva

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Catalogue Number:  PCI004
Producer:  Peter Campbell
Producing Agencies:  Gumboot Productions
Subject:  Arts, Astronomy, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, History, Music, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2010
Running Time:  43:41


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‘The Great Night of Shiva’ interweaves footage of devotees worshipping at a Vancouver temple with a traditional Bharata Natyam dance. Of all the world’s religions, Hinduism is the oldest and most complex, with a long calendar of festivals and celebrations. It has been shaped by mythology, music, and meditation, and is a way of life governed by the stars as well as a practical guide to living. Mahashivrati, The Great Night of Shiva, is an annual night-long celebration devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mystics, yogis, and priests, the galaxies align to form a cosmic pathway of energy on this night. Dancer Kiruthhika Rathanaswami performs with a backdrop of imagery from the Hubble telescope to tell the story of the Hindu deity, Shiva, Lord of the Cosmic Dance.


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