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NatGeo’s FIR series to unravel the mystery of Roopkund Lake skeletons

06-November-2004
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NatGeo’s FIR series to unravel the mystery of Roopkund Lake skeletons

National Geographic Channel (NGC) has on air a new series called ‘Forensic Investigation Report’ showcasing some of the most astounding riddles of the times. The series, in the genre of crime and mysterious deaths, includes documentaries like ‘Secrets of Einstein' s Brain’, ‘Blood Miracle’ and ‘Skeleton Lake’, among others.

Skeleton Lake is a documentary, directed by Chandramouli Basu of Miditech, based on the Roopkund Lake mass grave mystery. This mystery has intrigued sociologists, historians and anthropologists as well as local people for years. In 1942 the accidental discovery of hundreds of skeletons in Roopkund (Uttaranchal), which is 16,000 feet above sea level, generated a controversy. Questions like who were these people, how did they die and what were they doing so far from habitation were raised, which in turn prompted further investigation.

An international team of scientists led by cultural anthropologist William Sax embarked on a trek to this high altitude lake to unravel the mystery of Roopkund. “The mystery revolved around a number of theories like victims of an epidemic, ritual suicides, a lost army and so on. We took the trek to find out the actual truth’, said Sax

After a series of investigations, research and inspection, the mystery was unravelled. The findings will be aired on Monday, November 9, on NGC.

Dilshad Master, Senior VP, Content and Communications, NGC, said, “Skeleton Lake is a prime example of programmes on the channel that pushes the boundaries of what we understand about our world and compelling programming to our viewers at the same time.”

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