IGNCA has undertaken a major audio-visual documentation of boatman culture of peninsular India into the lifestyle of traditional people whose main occupation is fishing.
The Coastal area of Andhra Pradesh plays a significant part while mapping boatmen and fishermen community of peninsular India. The boatmen of Andhra Pradesh belong to “Nolia’s community” which are further sub-divided into two castes “Jalia and Khalashi”. The film provides useful information to understand the lifestyle and culture of the community. They are engaged in one of the most strenuous occupation so that they can provide a source of sea food and in return get a very little reward for themselves. Beside this, the film shows the working aspects of boatmen and the way they use their traditional boats namely: Ishuvashel and Kattuwalam. The Nolia community spreads from ‘Amonipatnam to Naloor’ District. They celebrate an annual festival in remembrance of their god ‘Gram devi’.