Duration: 1 hr, 19 mins
The film documents the community called Haenz (Hāṅgī) that is directly
involved in vocations connected with water-bodies. They have typical
ethnic characteristics and call themselves descendents of the Prophet
Noah. Within this community there are divisions based on their typical
vocation viz. Demba-Haenz, Gaer-Haenz, Gāda-Haenz, Kar-nāv-Haenz, and
Kashmiris have excelled in the craft of making boats. Made from pine wood,
generally 'Deodār', there are various types of boats viz. Donga, Bahatch,
Shikara, Khoch' Ḍemba-nāv and the Houseboat. The latter
epitomizes the Kashmiri craftsmanship by its carvings, 'Khutumband'
ceiling, walnut furniture, papier mache goods, etc.
Kashmir- that blossomed out of the legendary primeval lake Satiar
is still a land replete with water bodies, lakes, rivers streams,
springs etc. No exaggeration, if it is called a ‘water
civilization’. The community that is directly involved in vocations
connected with water-bodies is called Heenz. They have typical
ethnic characteristics and call themselves the descendents of
Within this community there are
divisions, based on their typical vocation.
Demb-Heenz- grow vegetables
and sell these.
Geer-Heenz – collect water
Gaadi –Heenz – the fishermen –
who catch fish and trade in these.
Kar-naav-Heenz-they grow a
special type of willow, and use it for making baskets etc.
Mata-Heenz – deal in timber.
Not unexpectedly, Kashmiris have
excelled in the craft of making boats- made from pine wood –
generally Deodar. There are different types of boats.
Doonga – a dwelling place,
competent in every aspect.
Bahasth – a flat - bottomed
large boat used for carrying heavy loads like timber.
Shikara –the comfortable boat
used for going across the river or making a round of the lake.
Khoch – a roofless used for
carrying vegetables & flowers.
Dembi-naav – small boat, used
for traveling in swamps
Houseboat – known for its
grandeur, exuberance and comfort – a tourist attraction. It is an
‘epitome’ of Kashmir culture as it presents a slice of Kashmir
culture with its carvings, ‘Khatumband’ roof, walnut
furniture, Papier Machine goods etc.