Every year, over 30,000 bodies are burnt on the ghats of Varanasi. The last rites are carried out by the Doms - an untouchable caste, said to be blessed by Lord Shiva to guarantee 'mukti' or salvation.
Every evening at 7pm, the evening prayers begin on the banks of the Ganga. Just a little distance away, the Dom Raja ends all prayers, surrounded by death.
101 Heartland celebrates both unique communities and individual tales of hope, struggle, and reform. From the village of Bouncers just outside Delhi to the fascinating story of Ram Kumar Tyagi, once a wanted man but now a coach for aspiring female wrestlers, 101 Heartland tells stories for the heart, from the heartland.