Kung Fu Nuns in Mystic Ladakh

Leh Ladakh, where towering mountains reach up to a clear blue sky, where the rhythmic chant of Buddhist monks fills the air, where time stands still, where the rushing waters of an icy river surge down from a glacial height is known as the land of passes and Kung fu nuns.

Voices of women have traditionally been muted in all religions including Buddhism. Nuns have usually carried out only household chores in Buddhist monasteries. The Druk Gawa Khilwa (DGK) nunnery teaches these nuns martial arts as well as meditation as a means of empowering the young women. The nuns of DGK, who come from far of places as Assam, Tibet and Kashmir, are also taught basic business skills. These nuns exhibit tremendous self-confidence and strength, not only in their day to day life but also in their attitude toward people outside their own community.

His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa says “I hope to raise awareness about gender equality and the need for the empowerment of women.”

The documentary dominantly presents a visual delight of the Kung Fu Nuns of the mystic land.

The film is in the collection of US Library of Congress, Washington.

It was also was telecasted by the National TV Channel DD Bharati several times in September 2014 and was also selected and screened at the 3rd Delhi International Film Festival 2014.

  • Sangeeta Gupta
  • Sangeeta Gupta
  • Prithvi Fine Art and Cultural Centre
  • Nuns
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Short, Real Life Stories, Reality Film
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 5, 2014
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  • 3rd Delhi International Film Festival
    New Delhi
    December 15, 2014
    Official Selection
  • DD Bharati, National TV Channel, India

    September 5, 2014
    Premiere on National Channel several times in September 2014.
Director Biography - Sangeeta Gupta

Sangeeta Gupta, a retired Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, is an Indian abstract artist, poet and filmmaker. She is the first woman who qualified Civil Services from her district in Uttar Pradesh, India. She has directed, scripted and shot 19 documentary films, 7 of which are in the collection of Library of Congress, US.

The documentary films written, directed and shot are:
1) Keshav Malik: A Look Back (2012)
2) Keshav Malik: Root, Branch, Bloom (2013)
3) Keshav Malik: The Truth Of Art (2013)
4) Mahakumbh: Aastha Ka Mahaparv (2013)
5) Weaves of Time (2013)
6) Kung Fu Nuns In Mystic Ladakh (2014)
7) Greece: Continuum Of Consciousness (2015)
8) Compassion (2021)
9) Ladakh Calling (2021)
10) Ladakh: Knowing The Unknown (2021)
11) MahaKumbh Ujjain: An Epic Of A River (2021)
12) Amritsar - Atari: The Last Village (2021)
13) Ladakh: The Awakened Snow Desert (2021)
14) Ladakh: The Land Of Passes And Gompas (2021)
15) Kashmir: Visual Diary Of A Passionate Outsider Part I (2021)
16) Kashmir: Visual Diary Of A Passionate Outsider Part II (2021)
17) Kashmir: Visual Diary Of A Passionate Outsider Part III (2021)

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