Ropani | रोपनी

Ropani | रोपनी

Burps, more burps. Hands begin to shake. And ostentatious head rotation. Devi arrives. Directed by Rajat Nayyar This ethnographic film is about my encounter with Aaji, a Dalit (lower caste) woman who has worked in the rice fields for 40 years and becomes ‘Ropani’ (a woman who sows paddy) every monsoon season. In this project, […]

Janeu | Bhojpuri Initiation Rites & Folk Songs

Janeu | Bhojpuri Initiation Rites & Folk Songs

Short Synopsis This sonic cinema, by visual anthropologist Rajat Nayyar, is on the folk songs sung by women during the initiation ritual (Janeu or Upanayana) in the Bhadwar village of Bihar and it documents the landscape of the event. While rituals in India are majorly seen as men’s job, not many know that women hold […]

Crossing a river, Losing a self (Short film based on a folktale)

Crossing a river, Losing a self (Short film based on a folktale)

Directed by Rajat Nayyar A guru followed by eight disciples is making a pilgrimage to Varanasi. In order to reach the sacred city, they must cross a treacherous river. The film represents a collaborative attempt to creatively safeguard this ancient Indian folktale with the local people of Varanasi. It is a collaborative ethno-fiction experiment that […]

Vivah Samskara | Bhojpuri Wedding Rites & Folk Songs

Vivah Samskara | Bhojpuri Wedding Rites & Folk Songs

  Vivah Samskara is an ethnographic film, by Rajat Nayyar, on the folk songs that are sung by women during the Bhojpuri wedding rites. It merges together a sonic landscape of the wedding ceremony along with a narrative by Dr. Ram Narayan Tiwari, a renowned folklorist and the father of the bride. Location: Bhadwar village, […]