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I am fundraising to safeguard India's Intangible Cultural Heritage

Indian has been a land of oral traditions - passing of knowledge from one generation to the other through songs, tales etc. Even Vedas existed in the oral form for centuries. A report by IGNCA to UNESCO mentions that more than 60% of the folk music of India is either extinct or dying quickly and soon will become parts of our forgotten history. We believe that safeguarding is not just about documenting the ICH and building inventories, but it also carries a responsibility to sensibly present this content. It is with this understanding that Espírito Kashi was founded.

Espirito Kashi (a luminous state of mind) is an avant-garde media organisation rooted in Varanasi. It is actively working towards safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of India through the medium of visual anthropology. It produces aesthetically-rich audio-visual content based on the folklore of India. Espirito Kashi uses new media technologies to disseminate the content online as well as offline in rural India. This content is ethnographic in nature and aims to make the audience participate in the performance, break the cultural barrier between the viewers and performers, and thereby, increase cultural sensitivity. 

Thanks to all the contributors, Espirito Kashi recorded over 100 folk songs in Bhadwar village, Bihar and produced a documentary film - Vivah Samskara, Bhojpuri Wedding Rites & Folk Songs. The documentary is about the folk songs that are sung by women during a Bhojpuri wedding that is spread over 5 days. It contains a first hand description of Bhojpuri wedding rites from the point of view of a Brahmin family residing in Bhadwar village of Bihar. Link:

Rajat Madan is an alumnus of TISS (MA in Social Entrepreneurship) and holds a degree in engineering from NIT Trichy. He has worked in the past with iRunway, a boutique technology, finance and litigation consulting firm with primary expertise in intellectual property. Linkedin:

Rajat Nayyar is a Young India Fellow (2013-2014). He started Espirito Kashi 3 years back and has filmed various purification rituals around India and Brazil, including Antim Samskara, Santo Dime (Ayahuasca) and Umbanda. Linkedin:

You can visit their website and read/watch interesting stories on folk culture, mythology, and traditions of Varanasi, the cultural capital of India.

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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! 
22nd March 2016
Dear Supporters,

We have great news to share!

Vivah Samskara has received over 10 film screenings and crossed 1,50,000 views online.

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Vijay donated Rs.501
about 4 years ago

From a fellow TISSian and music lover; congrats brother; all the best; keep up d good work...

Jitendra donated US $16.66
about 4 years ago

Good work rajat

Anupam donated Rs.2,000
about 4 years ago

Best of Luck

Puneet donated Rs.500
about 4 years ago

Good work kake...

Simarjit donated Rs.3,000
about 4 years ago

All the best Rajat. We are proud of you.

Suneet donated Rs.10,000
about 4 years ago