Film Screening: Janeu-Bhojpuri Initiation rites and folk songs

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


About the film

While rituals in India are majorly seen as men's job, not many know that women hold an equally important role in the purification rituals – of expressing the emotions that develop during the ritual through songs. The film documents the folk songs sung during the initiation ritual (Janeu or Upanayana) in the Bhadwar village of Bihar. The rite of passage leads the person being initiated to take the first step towards the path of devotion: the essence of the wisdom of the Vedas.
The duration of the film is 25 minutes. It is produced by Espírito Kashi, a not-for-profit media organisation rooted in Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. Their previous works are available at