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 […]

Blu-ray disks of ‘Kashi Labh’ at Swiss Anthropological Association (SAA)

Blu-ray disks of ‘Kashi Labh’ at Swiss Anthropological Association (SAA)

Blu-ray disks of our film Kashi Labh have arrived at the Swiss Anthropological Association (SAA) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland! The Audio-Visual Commission of the association acquired two copies for their film collection which can be borrowed by university departments and institutes in Switzerland. https://sagw.ch/en/seg/ Many thanks to German International Ethnographic Film Festival where this new archival […]

‘Kashi Labh’ at German International Ethnographic Film Festival 2020 in an online FREE version

‘Kashi Labh’ at German International Ethnographic Film Festival 2020 in an online FREE version

Happy to let you all know that my film ‘Kashi Labh’ will be screened at German International Ethnographic Film Festival 2020 in an online FREE version from May 13-17. In the film Kashi Labh, family members often travel long distances to gather and engage with the human, non-human and spiritual aspects of the city during […]

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. […]