Krishan Gopal is a successful businessman based in a small town in Uttar Pradesh, India. He practices Yoga and runs a laughter club before work every single morning and on the weekends. Mamta, his wife, is engaged in the local community, helping the poor through charitable work and teaches Yoga, she is also actively involved in the laughter club.
Both are a family orientated, fun loving, non-materialistic and seek to enjoy life by giving and teaching others how to be happy.
Laughter Yoga Clubs were started by Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria in 1995 with only five people. Today, the Laughter movement is widely accepted and has become a global phenomenon with over 6000 clubs in 60 countries.
During a club session, the members come together and the lead encourages everyone to start laughing until the group bursts into uncontrollable laughter. They are encouraged to try different types of laughter like ‘shy lady’ or laughing with the tongue sticking out. ‘It can be quite entertaining to watch,’ says The Film Artist.
The Film Artist, a man “with many hats” based in London, who produced this short documentary and also responded to the questions of funproject very kindly, says the video happened “by chance, intrigued by Krishan Gopal and Mamta, who had a low blood pressure, sugar under control and were very happy with life radiating this great aura.” He had to find out their secret to share with others.
This truly fun artist is convinced of the benefits of laughter: “it keeps you healthy, maintains your spirit and takes you through life’s journey on air suspension. And most importantly, makes you and those around you feel good. After all I know that Laughter is the best Medicine.”
- Laugther Yoga International, where you can join an online community.
- A Report by BBC on the Laughter Club Mumbai.
- And also in London…
The video was shot in London at Waddesdon Manor were a famous Bollywood film was shot. Other locations include Picadilly circus, Tooting Common and the great British country side including a harvest. He used a Panasonic GH2 and the iPhone 4 with a steadicam smothee, all on the run, nothing pre-planned.
The Film Artist is planning to do a sequel in the town of Krishan Gopal, in India. We can’t wait to watch it!