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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 […]

Remains (Panchganga Ghat, 2015)

Remains (Panchganga Ghat, 2015)

July 25, 2015

    This place (Panchganga Ghat) is one of the only locations remaining where I found this orange light and shadow. Banaras ghats have changed and LED white lights have been installed on each ghat. Economical and energy efficient but there is no more shadow play on the steps… and the boats parked, now seem like […]

We’re in news: A Showcase of Past traditions

We’re in news: A Showcase of Past traditions

July 10, 2015

(Via We will cherish the conversations had with Vishal Narayan from The Citizen, an online Indian daily. Here’s an excerpt, but do read the full article about my work with Espírito Kashi. The worst casualty, as anyone would agree, in the supersonic speed with which we have blanketed the whole world is the local culture, […]

Film Screenings


October 9th, 2015 – 5th International Conference of Young Folklorists, Viljandi, Estonia | Screening of ‘Vivah Samsara’
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’


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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