What: Watch breathtaking visuals and learn interesting facts about the Rann of Kutch, which is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts of the world. Discovery Channel will showcase a documentary, Revealed: Rann of Kutch that chronicles the seasonal salt marsh, which is spread over 30,000 square kilometres. It’s a natural haven with over 200 migratory and residential birds coming to the marshlands in the winter.
The Greater Rann and the Little Rann encompass about 30,000 square kilometres
How: Rahul Johri, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, shares details about the show: “The programme will showcase the wildlife of this habitat, particularly migratory and resident birdlife in the marshlands, including the Lesser and Greater Flamingos that flock here in the thousands. It will focus on the Asiatic Wild Ass, an endangered species, whose last home in the world is the Rann.” He adds that the show will also unravel the mythology behind the origins of the Rann of Kutch, which is said to be the result of an ancient sage’s wrath that laid this once fertile land to waste.
The Rann of Kutch is home to the Desert Fox
Flamingos flock to the Rann in thousands
Where: Highlights include visuals of the seasonal transformation of the flooded Rann (monsoon) to the vast salt flats (summers); images of the wetlands, thorn forests, grasslands and marshes that surround this salt land and of the sea-swimming dromedaries or one-hump camels in the world, the Khara’I, as they swim across a sea channel to feed on mangrove leaves in an estuarine forest. A diverse groups of ethnicities nest in the Rann of Kutch and the video showcases their villages, fairs, customs, arts and crafts.
The documentary offers glimpses of life in the villages of the Rann
Discovery Channel will premiere Revealed: Rann of Kutch on December 8 at 9 pm.
>> The word ‘Rann’ is derived from ‘Viraan’, meaning a deserted wasteland.
>> Originally, this region was part of the Arabian Sea. With tectonic shifts over millennia, the land has risen and now only gets inundated with rainwater and the tidal upsurge of the sea during the monsoon. After the rains, the land dries out and is left saline and desolate.
>> In the centre of the salt fields is the island that was once the site of Dhola Vira, which was part of the Indus Valley Civilisation and one of the greatest cities of the world in its time.