Vaastu Marabu

By: Bala Kailasam
52 min., 1992

India is a country where an ancient civilization survives not only in its artifacts but as a living entity. The Vishwakarmas, holders of architectural and artistic heritage, have maintained the skills and the theoreticla basis essential for the designing and executing of almost all facets of the built environment.

This film attempts to bring this heritage to life through one of the foremost sthapatis and documents the theory and practice of the Vaastu tradition before it is lost. Ancient technologies that continue to be used today are shown in great detail. The film documents the process of making sculptures and explores meaning of various symbols, icons and mathematical principles from a point of view of a shilpi (sculptor).