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Proud elegance, silky-shiny coats and a graceful, powerful physique — the supreme Marwari horses have been worshipped in India as magical creatures for thousands of years.

Each year in November, the small, barren desert oasis of Pushkar is transformed into a place of pilgrimage
for millions of Indians. Everybody who is anybody on the horse scene in Rajasthan — Maharajas, breeders and horse masters — meets at the Pushkar Mela, the turbulent market for over 50,000 horses and camels. Pushkar is the place where the legendary Marwaris are bought and sold.

14 year old Sonaram has dreamt of a life with horses for years. He has been hired as a stable boy and given the opportunity to purchase one of the rare "holy foals" for his breeder. These "Panch Kalian horses" have five white spots on their coats — a sign that they will bring their owners five times as much luck, the saying goes. Sonaram makes his way to the Thar desert with the old horse master from his farm to buy this "holy horse".

The film accompanies the two of them on their arduous journey through the heat and sand, with motorbike and camel-drawn carriage, from horse festivals to luxury farms. With them we have the chance to see the warrior-like temperament of the proud Marwaris in riding competitions. We find out when a mare needs Ayurvedic massages and why Indians believe that taming a horse is like subjugating to the cosmos. We discover that there are swirls on the foreheads of Marwaris that bring good luck and learn why Rajputs avoid black stallions.

Director Ilka Franzmann takes us on a journey through the mystical world of Marwari horses in India capturing spectacular images along the way. We experience the loving friendship between the young stable boy and his holy foal. And we are there when Sonaram risks his whole future when the foal is about to be sold...
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Runtime (in min.):52
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Year Of Production:2009
Countries of Production:Germany
Companies & Organizations
Production Company:

Filmquadrat.dok GmbH



Film Subsidy:


Horse, Riding, Riders, Animal, Asia, India, Saddel, Race
Animals, Domestic Animals & Farm Animals, Horses, Geography, Travel & Cultures, Asia, India