Folklore 2.0 | Rural film screenings

Folklore 2.0 | Rural film screenings

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 museums, […]

Collaborative Audiovisual Ethnography:  Ways of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Collaborative Audiovisual 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 […]

Saba Dewan’s Tawaifnama – A brief review

Saba Dewan’s Tawaifnama – A brief review

Saba Dewan’s new book ‘Tawaifnama’ is a remarkable read about contributions of women to Hindustani classical music, All India Radio, theatre, silent film, Bollywood, and in India’s freedom from British. It was fascinating to learn how tawaifs had negotiated the onslaughts by colonialism and Hindu nationalism upon their way of life and art practice. It […]

Kashi Vishwanath Corridor: Discussion with Dr. Dipak Malik, Rajendra Tiwari, Dr. Mohammed Arif

Kashi Vishwanath Corridor: Discussion with Dr. Dipak Malik, Rajendra Tiwari, Dr. Mohammed Arif

(The author would like to remain anonymous, fearing deportation by the Indian state.) I have been visiting Varanasi for the past 30 years. During this year’s visit, a dear Indian friend of mine and lover of Varanasi asked me to take a tour around the Vishwanath temple and to share what I thought of the […]

The Spectacle of Lynchings in India

The Spectacle of Lynchings in India

This blogpost addresses the ethics of representing the violence of lynchings through photographs/videos of the spectacle of lynchings. On March 18, 2016, a group of men murdered two Muslim cattle herders who were on their way to sell bulls at an animal fair in India’s Jharkhand state. The attackers, all linked to a local “cow protection” […]

Panel participation at ICQI, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Panel participation at ICQI, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Got a chance to present initial thoughts about our next project at International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry-ICQI, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on the power of a song and the activist potential of ethno-fiction filmmaking (by involving the community in imagining and intervening in futures). https://icqi.org Arts Based Research ~ Ethnography and Research Creation Panel: Dr. […]

‘Kashi Labh’ Official Selection – Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival!

‘Kashi Labh’ Official Selection – Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival!

We are so happy to let you all know that Kashi Labh will be screened at the 9th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, Delhi on April 30. The day marks the birth anniversary of Late Sh. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, the father of Indian cinema. The film has already been screened in twelve cities around the […]

Kashi Labh | film trailer

Kashi Labh | film trailer

Aesthetics of dying, coming together of family and the last vital breath in Kashi, India’s sacred city. A video reflexive ethnography by Rajat Nayyar. Kashi Labh is coming this July! It took more than 7 years of research that started with after death rituals and then before death rituals in Kashi. Nowhere we could locate […]