Hirakud dam construction, 1958 from India, Matri Bhumi by Roberto Rossellini


The Mahanadi River, almost parallel to the
Ganges, is an example of nature’s force. No bridge can withstand the surges proved
by the monsoon. So we have tried
to control that force. In the Gita, the chapter on the philosophy
of life in the sacred book the Mahabarata, it is said that each word pronounced and
each action taken remain here
in front of us like in a mirror. With action we’ll get a result,
and judgement won’t come till afterwards. It is also said that he who has knowledge
and who has not are the happy ones. The unhappy ones are the mediocre. For the truth is in everything and even
partially in what’s not true. Karma – action – is man’s task. A dam has been built at Hirakud,
43 kms long. Access roads are being laid out. An immense artificial lake
has been formed. Its level rises each day. The tops of trees remind us that the jungle
once reached this far. There were 35,000 of us at the worksite. It was quite a job. Hard, but we got it done. For me, the time seemed
to pass so quickly. One pick stroke after another. One basket of earth after another. One stone after another. We excavated, bored, planed, and built. What a lot of things we did! It’s crazy how much stuff was needed. All those trucks, earth movers. Crazy! Yes, I think it’s a privilege
to have built a dam like this. As though it were nothing, people say,
“They built a dam.” They have no idea what it was like! I understand my wife. Yes, it’s difficult to go away
and leave all this. But she doesn’t think about
the tasks still ahead of us. There’s notjust one dam to build in life. 175 dead. That’s not many for such a job. Before, with the floods, a monument to the
flood victims would have had to be as long
as this dam… …to inscribe all the names. Electricity. Mystery. Magic. One can understand everything. One must try. No more mystery.
No more magic. Knowledge. No more mystery.
No more magic. One certainly has
the right to feel proud. It was with nothing. One basket of earth after another. One stone after another. And heart! Yes. We put heart into it.

100 thoughts on “Hirakud dam construction, 1958 from India, Matri Bhumi by Roberto Rossellini

  1. Amazing video. Hirakud is an architectural marvel of human. English version made by Government of India which is equally wonderful & which was shot at the same time – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C464pVs0dLc

  2. Thanks for your effort Sir. Love from India. Proud of you.

  3. Hirakud dam construction re kama karuthiba samasta labour mananku mor pranam. ae mananka paeen ame aji ete sunder dam project paiparichhu.

  4. Thanks Rossellini for such very historic video. Bdw where you got this videography? In ancient time also they had made video. Hats off to you all [email protected] Hiakud dam.

  5. It is the longest earthen man made dam about 26 km barrage and 5 km main dam about 82 gates , one gate is size of one truck . It is located in hirakud near sambalpur city of state odisha of country India. It's

  6. So grateful and pleased by looking this video….thank uuuuuu for uploading.

  7. Before the devastating floods of 1936, Sir M. Visveswararya proposed a detailed investigation for storage reservoirs in the Mahanadi basin to tackle the problem of floods in the Mahanadi delta.

    In 1945, under the chairmanship of 𝗗𝗿 𝗔𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗱𝗸𝗮𝗿, it was decided to invest in the potential benefits of controlling the Mahanadi for multi-purpose use

  8. Hirakud Dam nirman hebar 60 years hei gala na. E Dam nirman krbr lagi saha saha gaon ra lok manku bisthapit kara gala..but ate din semanku due compensation nuhe mile.nation building re aamr purba purus tankr ghar, gaon, jamin, sabu k sacrifice krle but aamr neta mane kebe tankr dukh sukh bujhbe j k jane? Kebe semanku justice milba? Hirakud Dam ra lagi aame sabhe proud feel krsu but sehi Dam k banabar lagi jen mankr sahajog khaas kri ki human labour semanku knta justice milba se upre bane kri chinta krbar katha.

  9. If the cameraman was travelling in a truck, watch 0:48 and ask for yourself how much value was given for poor Indian labourers by aristocratic European class…

  10. Before the devastating floods of 1936, Sir M. Visveswararya proposed a detailed investigation for storage reservoirs in the Mahanadi basin to tackle the problem of floods in the Mahanadi delta. In 1945, under the chairmanship of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Member of Labour, it was decided to invest in the potential benefits of controlling the Mahanadi for multi-purpose use

  11. Calico centric /Roberto Rossellini… Please tell us about you… Which language are u speaking. How did u get this video

  12. Thanks to you for showing this and the our independence time people

  13. I can understand little bit of Spanish lang but it's not worth it. It should be in English or else

  14. Odisha Ko Pani de kar bachane bale labour Ko heartly respect karti hi or Robert ji ko v. Jo undino ki mahanat Ko jibit Rakha aj tak Apne camera main. Thank u

  15. Is dam k chalte lakh log beghar aur barbad ho gye kyo ki aise hi bhaga diya gya logo ko kam paisa dekar aur kuch ko bina paisa diye …hay lagegi is dam ko

  16. I salute this worker, who constructed it's really excellent job, I have no word to explain. this is really a surprise level of work.

  17. Bhai mo jejibapa o tanka 3 bhai kama karuthile dam re semane kahanti

  18. ye Hirakud dam kya hamare desh me he? agar he bhi me nehi mantaa. kyun ki me Modi ji ko mantaa hu, aur unhone kaha he desh me 70 saal me kuchh nehi hua he.

  19. Jete tq dele v labour mankar lagi Kam heijiba really 💓 touching and emotional video a lobour manku dekhle Kandi lagi jauchhe

  20. You make me cry….
    Remember my forefathers words and hard labour…..
    Jai maa samlei go
    Tor panat tale sabke dhaki rakhitha…..thnxxx for upload this tremendous video sir…. I m always grateful to you….thnxxx from bottom of my heart….

  21. Salute that villagers who lost their everything,shame on govt and system 😭

  22. I really thankful to all workers of hirakud dam construction…..I salute them

  23. Salute of all worker today hirakud dam biggest dam in India. Proud feel of Odisha. For all worker.

  24. I haven't sentence for coment this lotup peaple but one thing I must talk about them all r the workers great

  25. A great salute to all workers who spent their valuable life to built this big dam🙏♥️Jay jagannath

  26. Many many thanks to Mr Roberto Rossellini ……this is a unique video graphy of world famous Hirakud dam

  27. Sabu karmakarta manku mor juhar.. A te
    ……sunder hirakud dam banei6n.
    Mu odia… Mo sambalpur b dhia.

  28. Hirakud dam re kama karithiba samasta BISWAKARMANKU mora koti koti pranama…🙏🙏🙏

  29. I salute this worker, who constructed it's hard work and excellent job. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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