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Director: Ayash Arif
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 Maṭa­Haenz.

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 Prophet Noah.

Within this community there are divisions, based on their typical   vocation.

  • Demb-Heenz- grow vegetables and sell these.

  • Geer-Heenz – collect water chestnuts.

  • 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.

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