All our films are available online.
What we do:
We are redefining ways to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage (folklore) of India through the medium of visual anthropology.
Observation, participation and self reflection; this is our methodology. We like to practice shared anthropology where our ethnographer is not an invisible observer but a humble one. A local narrative and inspiration from various artists, philosophers and anthropologists are always used, for the film to be ready.
We offer free or rather, tips-only walking tours in the oldest (northern) region of Kashi. Locally known as the ‘Pakka Mahaul’, which literally translates to a ripe ambience, it offers a culturally-rich atmosphere full of traditional art, architecture, food, history and spirituality. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a tour. Tour duration: 2-3 hours
We are trying to bridge the gap between academicians’ aspirations and reality by assisting academicians, whose focus is on the intangible cultural heritage of India, in conducting and presenting their research in the form of films. We charge a nominal fee on a per-day basis for our efforts.
What we are writing. What people are writing about us.
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 […]
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 […]
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’. […]
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…
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 […]
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 […]
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’
“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
“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
“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