The Doctor from India is a meditative portrait of the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, the holistic health pioneer who brought the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda from India to the West in the late 1970s. Integrating his gifts as both a healer and a mystic, Lad has dedicated his life to sharing what is considered the oldest healthcare system on earth in the complex medical landscape of the United States. This beautiful and inspiring story profiles the man who has for decades been quietly at the center of a revolutionary movement to change how people care for their bodies and spirits. Directed by Jeremy Frindel (One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das), the film features an elegant musical score by Rachel Grimes, and appearances by Deepak Chopra, David Frawley, Robert Svoboda, and Claudia Welch.
“Rachel Grimes has composed a delicate homage and backdrop to the documentary. The subtle piano and strings evoke a solemn mood but are filled with a cheerfulness.” —noisesbliss.com
When I completed my first film One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das, I was quite certain that I did not want my next project to have anything to do with eastern spirituality. I didn’t want to become known as the yoga movie guy. I was working on a fiction script. But then I met Dr. Lad and that all got messed up. I met him and was captivated, the idea for a film floated into conversation, and within a couple of months I had initial funding and was on a plane to India with my camera. One of the most exciting things for me in setting off on a new project is the discovery and immersion into a world. It was highly intriguing for me to explore the synthesis of deep listening and intuition with medical care. What was most exciting to me was the quality of presence that Dr. Lad brought to his patients and students. The way he transformed a room and opened people’s hearts, and the healing power within that. It felt to me that he embodied what I understood to be the spirit of Ayurveda, and that if somehow the film could bring people into that space and feeling in themselves, they would understand the Ayurveda that Dr. Lad has devoted his life to sharing.