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Number Sixteen – The Open Air Cave | Ellora Cave Documentary Film by Sanjay shankar

Aurangabad : Sanjay shankar the noted documentary maker recently released his latest work on Channel Heritage. Number Sixteen is a thirty four minute documentary that takes us back to somewhere in the 5th century AD as it tracks down the making of the wonder called Kailas Temple at Ellora in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. 

While the monument itself is awesome, and makes us wonder as to why it is not included in the Seven Wonders. The real wonder however is in the making of the wonder. The artisans had literally caved out the hillock to produce this marvel. UNESCO had recognized it as a World Heritage Site in 1983, being among the first to be from India. Sanjay has been working in the heritage space since his debut photography exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery that had opened on Diwali of 2016 where he had presented the Vijayanagar story through still photography.

Thereafter, he has moved onto the much more powerful medium of films to take the heritage message to a broader audience. He has already released short films on Shaniwarwada, Jejuri, Raigad, Sachkhand. In the pipeline is a noir martial love story, titled Andhaari. The work on Ellora had begun about six months back when the initial reccee visits happened, discussions with experts in the field followed, with some more meetings with local heritage experts from Aurangabad. Then a field visit with his Cinematography team happened when he also interviewed experts like Dr Madhuri Sawant Assistant Professor in the Department of Tourism at the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.

He has a simple message for us, "be Aware of our heritage, be Proud of our heritage. No one can take it away from us, but only our apathy."

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