Rajat Nayyar is an anthropologist and a filmmaker with an MA in Audiovisual Ethnography from Tallinn University. As a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, he is currently pursuing a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. His research focus is on vocality, everyday acts of resistance, collaborative fiction filmmaking and futures anthropology. Rajat is the founder of Espírito Kashi, a project that facilitates performative spaces for rural Indian communities to critically re-imagine folklore, envision new socialities, decolonize archives, and film futures. His recent film 'Kashi Labh' was screened at RAI film festival and numerous other anthropological film festivals and conferences. Rajat is currently developing Emergent Futures CoLab and co-editing the 'Performance Ethnography' section of Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, a transnational research-creation network.
Keywords: Vocality; everyday resistance; collaborative filmmaking; performative spaces; folklore; decolonization