All our films are available online.
What we do:
We safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage of India through the practice 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 email@example.com 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.
It took us some years to realise that the we are not after sustainability of our film, but the sustainability of the folklore itself. This is a huge task and surely the conventional preservationist model does no good in that regard. We do not want to make films and put them in archives and […]
Visual Anthropology and Collaborative Ethnography: Ways of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage
June 18th, 2016 | By Rajat Nayyar The report reflects upon a collaborative project undertaken with a young and educated member of the rural community in an attempt to redefine ways of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). The project was initially to audio-visually document the Bhojpuri folk songs that were to be sung by […]
When river meets the sea | A viewer’s account of experiencing film-screening of Janeu: Bhojpuri Initiation Rites and Folk Songs.
By Jennifer D | May 14th, 2016 The recently concluded Delhi screening of Janeu, interested those who still wished to be associated with the enchanted world of myths, rituals and folk songs rather than the politics, scientificity and rationality of it, which pre-occupies the disenchanted modern day. Rightly pointed at the beginning as rite de […]
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.
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
November 6th and 7th, 2015 – Samvaad – a pan-India tribal conclave by Tata Steel, Jamshedpur | Screening of ‘Mission Menauli‘
October 29th, 2015 – National Seminar by Discipline of Anthropology, IGNOU, New Delhi | Screening of ‘Vivah Samskara‘
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’
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