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जेवनार गीत | Gaari Gaari, Prem Pyaari | Bhojpuri Jevnaar folk song | Eng subs

जेवनार गीत | Gaari Gaari, Prem Pyaari | Bhojpuri Jevnaar folk song | Eng subs

November 6, 2015

Women from Johni village in Bihar sing the most beautiful Jevnaar folk song. Jevnaar songs sung by women from the bride’s side when the in-laws are sitting for a feast after the wedding. Mithila king’s city is crowded, all In-laws have arrived for a feast, The foundation is made of barfi, the pillar is made […]

निर्गुण गीत | A beautiful body burning in fire | Nirgun folk song

निर्गुण गीत | A beautiful body burning in fire | Nirgun folk song

November 2, 2015

Pt. Choubey from Varanasi presents a beautiful Nirgun folk song. One day at the river bank, I was walking leisurely I saw with my eyes, a beautiful body burning in fire O Ram! I saw with my eyes, a beautiful body burning in fire O Ram! I saw with my eyes, One day at the […]

निर्गुण गीत | Nirgun song | My lover is taking me, To his second wife’s village

निर्गुण गीत | Nirgun song | My lover is taking me, To his second wife’s village

November 2, 2015

In this song, this soul is a bride. And her lover or husband is taking her away. She says to her husband, ‘I know you have so many wives. Like me, many other souls are there as your bride’. For a bride, it is a matter of pain. So, she’s requesting ‘Please don’t take me’. […]

Varanasi – Time Loops

Varanasi – Time Loops

November 2, 2015

Originally posted on Filmkaar:
The flow of time is a great illusion. Sometimes it moves fast, sometimes it slows down. It can make you feel alive or it can make you feel half dead. But in Varanasi, one can see this illusion clearly. For in Varanasi, time stops. Given below are a series of time…

Nirgun folk song | Vaitarni | Women from Naad village in Bihar | English subs

Nirgun folk song | Vaitarni | Women from Naad village in Bihar | English subs

October 18, 2015

Releasing a beautiful Nirgun folk song sung by women of Nad village, Bihar. This song is about a soul being stuck in the Vaitarni river for not donating anything during her lifetime and is now requesting Guru ji to help her out. With this, we begin a new experiment towards buidling an interactive archive of […]

Watch our new film CROSSING A RIVER, LOSING A SELF based on an Indian folktale

Watch our new film CROSSING A RIVER, LOSING A SELF based on an Indian folktale

August 16, 2015

Shot in Kashi (Varanasi), our film CROSSING A RIVER, LOSING A SELF (13 minutes | English subtitles) releases today! This film is about a guru followed by 8 disciples. They are making a pilgrimage to Kashi. In order to reach the sacred city, they must cross a treacherous river. Please note it is our first […]

Film Screenings

December 19th, 2015 – Roobaroo House, Varanasi | Screening of ‘Vivah Samskara‘ and ‘Crossing a river, Losing a self
November 6th and 7th, 2015 – Samvaad – a pan-India tribal conclave by Tata Steel, Jamshedpur | Screening of ‘Mission Menauli
October 29th, 2015 – National Seminar “Anthropology: Unveiling the Mystique” by Discipline of Anthropology, IGNOU, New Delhi | Screening of ‘Crossing a river, Losing a self’, ‘Jakari‘ and ‘Vivah Samskara
October 9th, 2015 – 5th International Conference of Young Folklorists, Viljandi, Estonia | Screening of ‘Vivah Samksara’
September 21st, 2015 –  The Noida NCR Learning City UnConference | Screening of ‘Crossing a river, Losing a self’
June 28th, 2015 – Shamiana Film Club | Screening of ‘Crossing a river, Losing a self’ at Lodhi – The Garden Restaurant, New Delhi.
May 22nd, 2015 – Student Ethnographic Film Festival, Zadar – Croatia | Screening of ‘Vivah Samskara’
April 2nd, 2015 – 4th Banaras Film Festival, Varanasi – India | Screening of ‘Jakari’
March 18th, 2015 – Centre for Women’s Studies & Development, Banaras Hindu University | Screening of ‘Jakari’
January 22nd, 2015 – Café Couleur, Die Brücke – International Centre, Münster University, Germany | Screening of ‘Vivah Samskara’
November 27th, 2014 – The Institute of Musicology, Münster University, Germany | Screening of ‘Vivah Samskara’
September 21, 2014 – International Seminar on Indian Feminism in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh | Screening of ‘Vivah Samskara’

Testimonials

Dr. Judith I Haug

“The value I see in your work is that it has the potential to safeguard a heritage that is as rich as it is threatened, documenting it in a way that is as little intrusive as possible. This, by the way, is a feature of the film I liked, that the viewer feels very close to the event, but not as an intruder or voyeur. Now I have difficult decision which of your movies I will use in my ethnomusicology teaching this summer.”

(Musicology Department, University of Münster, Germany)

Dr. Judith I Haug
Devender Kumar

“Conicidental meeting with Rajat Nayyar turned out to be a fruitful one as we could produce an ethnographic documentary on Jakari–a sub-genre of Haryanvi Women’s folksongs. It was a pleasant and innovative experience to work together with Rajat. He is an editor par excellence besides being a nice human being. I will cherish the memories related to our collaboration for many years to come. Best wishes to Rajat and his mission.”

(Department of English, Banaras Hindu University)

Devender Kumar
Pelham Roberts

“It depends on what you want but for us Rajat, who runs Espirito Kashi, took us beyond the tourist venues. None of the guides you can get will have a deep knowledge of the detailed social, cultural and religious history of Varanasi. His team connected our group of 15 with a side of Varanasi which is hard to find. We did not come away full of knowledge about religion and culture but we did come away understanding something about Varanasi which you do not find in guide books or from other guides.”

(Head of College, UWC, Pune)

Pelham Roberts
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