About our work:
We offer an acquaintance with the 'other' through an embodied camera.
We work on acquainting our viewers with the ‘other’ through an embodied camera. Our dynamic style of research could help you in the process of innovation with visual insights about not only what people say, but what they do, show and feel. We closely work with NGO’s looking for community engagement through folklore.
We design interactive cultural landscapes for Gram Panchayats of India, a digital home for the local community. Merely documenting for digital archives that are inaccessible to the community is useless. We will have to wait and see how the rural youth engages with mobile technology, when they understand that they are sitting on a cultural goldmine.
We redefine ways of safeguarding the oral traditions of India through the of practice visual anthropology and collaborative ethnography. We take the film back to the community and facilitate discussions. When we screened Janeu, the topic was ‘If you are born a Brahmin, then why need Janeu at all?’. Preservation through Innovation.
Espírito Kashi presents Ropani, a portrait film. In Bihar, ‘Ropani’ is a woman who sows paddy. This ethnographic film by Rajat Nayyar is about an intimate encounter with Aaji, who becomes ‘Ropani’ during monsoon and has worked in the paddy fields for 40 years. The research explores the space and music in which she dwells and […]
A minute long trailer for our next film ‘Ropani | रोपनी’. Synopsis: In Bihar, ‘Ropani’ is a woman who sows paddy. The film is a portrait of Aaji who becomes ‘Ropani’ during monsoons every year in Burhwal village. She is also the dwelling place for the local goddess. The film will have its premiere at the South […]
Founder, Rajat Nayyar will be going to Chicago to participate in the upcoming The University of Chicago conference on 23rd & 24th Feb’17. Theme: Materials in Focus: Working across Media and Methods in South Asia. Will be screening my upcoming film ‘Ropani’ (portrait film on Aaji who has been sowing paddy for 40 years in Bihar) and will also […]
Our important team member, Rajat Madan (Social Entrepreneur), has to leave us for new opportunities. He started out with us in 2015 with a commitment to create a self-sustainable business model for Espírito Kashi. His contribution does not just end at bringing the seed fund; he proved to be a great field-assistant for a visual […]
Last days I have been designing an interactive cultural landscape of Burhwal village in Rohtas (Bihar). It will have all the audio/visual content that was created with my encounter with the community. As I lived with them, celebrating their folk traditions and assisting in its transmission through the camera, I realised that merely documenting […]
(Recorded at Bhudwal village in Bihar) Childbirth songs are sung in anticipation of a child’s birth, during the birth, and for six to twelve days after a boy,s birth. The songs are rituals in themselves, acts of reverence toward the deities, praying for and rejoicing in the arrival of a child. The generic name for childbirth […]
Espírito Kashi produces ethnographic films about the folklore of India and disseminates the films at different platforms – online as well as offline through film screenings in both urban and rural settings.
June 9th, 2017 – FLASP: Learning by Doing Research in Anthropology, Universität Bremen, Germany | I-Doc ‘Digital Burhwal’ | Event Link
March 29th, 2017 – The Acoustics of Dwelling WORKSHOP, SIEF 2017, Germany | ‘Arrival of Devi’, a sonic manifestation | Event Link
February 24th, 2017 – 14th South Asia Graduate Student Conference (SAGSC), University of Chicago | Screening of ‘Ropani’ | Event Link
September 30th, 2016 – 5th International Festival of Ethnological Film „KRATOVO 2016“, Macedonia | Screening of ‘Janeu’ | Event Link
September 27th, 2016 – VI International Festival of Audio-Visual Anthropology, Moscow – Russia | Screening of ‘Janeu’ | Event Link
July 20-23, 2016 – EASA 2016 Conference, Milan – Italy | Screening of ‘Crossing a River, Losing a Self’ | Event Link
May 4th, 2016 – UChicago Center in Delhi | Screening of ‘Janeu’ | Event Link
April 26th, 2016 – Symposium “Word Power” | University of Tartu, Estonia | Screening of ‘Janeu’ | Event Link
October 9th, 2015 – 5th International Conference of Young Folklorists, Viljandi, Estonia | Screening of ‘Vivah Samksara’
May 22nd, 2015 – Student Ethnographic Film Festival, Zadar – Croatia | Screening of ‘Vivah Samskara’
March 18th, 2015 – Centre for Women’s Studies & Development, Banaras Hindu University | Screening of ‘Jakari’
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)Dr. Devender Kumar
I am very impressed by your ideas, even though they are different from mine. It is interesting that you are redefining: we were preserving, as it is. We always do it to archive it, to document history. But I enjoy that you are creating discussions in the village by showing your films.
(Folklorist, Bhadwar Village – Bihar)Dr. Ram Narayan Tiwari