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This Women's Day, I am fundraising to save our folklore and the rich heritage they carry

Dr. Vijay Shanker Choubey is an Indian classical style violin player. He has dedicated his life to traditional music of Varanasi, rich in its history yet struggling +today to find its place in the modern world. The younger generation is drifting towards the popular modern culture, and it is extremely hard for musicians like Vijay Ji to survive out of art. This is not the story of Vijay Ji alone, a report to UNESCO mentions that more than 60% of the folk music is either extinct or dying quickly and soon will become parts of our forgotten history.
Espirito-Kashi is about protecting these rich traditions and creating a place for them in the modern world. We are an avant-garde media and culture society that promotes the documentation, creation and appreciation of content that bring into light various art forms of a community. We are currently creating a video/documentary series on folk music in Varanasi and nearby villages in collaboration with local folk musicians. Our aim is to preserve and promote the dying folk music while maintaining its essence.
Message from Rajat Madan and Rajat Nayyar, Founders of Espirito-Kashi
“Our project documents dying folk music and associated folktales in the form of videos. These short videos or episodes will aim at capturing the essence of the folk songs, to explain the meaning and provide a unique traditional experience to the audience. We plan to start with at least 4 dying forms of folk music will be preserved and promoted using local TV channels and social media. This is our little step to generate interest of country’s youth by explaining the meaning behind the folk music and presenting it creatively, and we need your help!”
About the Founders – the duo passionate music lovers
Rajat Madan - in.linkedin.com/in/rajatmadan
alumnus of TISS & NIT Trichy, worked with iRunway, expertise in intellectual property.
Rajat Nayyaris - a Young India Fellow, Batch of 2013-14. Alumnus of Whitireia Polytechnic, New Zealand. Worked with Sertaobras, an NGO advocating for the rights of artisan cheese-makers in Brazil.
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14th April 2016
Dear Supporters,

As you would have noticed, 'Vivah Samskara' has gained a lot of traction, especially amongst the Bhojpuri diaspora who felt a strong connection with their roots after watching the film. But one dream that remains unaccomplished is dissemination of the film in the village from where it originated. Now, we've a chance to realise that dream!

Our next film 'Janeu - Bhojpuri Initiation Rites & Folk Songs' is ready for post-production and we're planning to conduct film screenings in the community. For that, we need your help. By contributing a little, you not only help us complete the cycle but also become a co-producer with due credits in the film. Please contribute here and spread the word! 

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