About RASA YATRA

RASA YATRA

Please download the Rasa Yatra Press Kit.

An official European Premiere of RASA YATRA film was held on 15th October, 2012 at 6:30PM at Cinema Svetozor in a big hall at the 10th Prague Indian Film Festival. A special mention by Radim Spacek, an artistic director of the film festival is available to read here.

For an article using film to teach cross-cultural emphaty by Prof. M Haigh, published in Planet magazine, p. 51-59, please take a look here. Read article about Rasa Yatra, published on Vrindavan Today here: here.

Rasa Yatra (50 mins) evokes the beauty of pilgrimage through non-linear narrative. Rasa is Sanskrit for 'juice' or 'taste'', and yatra means 'journey', suggesting a joyful inner expedition, beyond the confines of routine and conceptual conventions. Photographed over a period of four years in one country - India, Rasa Yatra takes the viewer on a meditative journey from the majestic Himalayan mountains into Vrindavana, the spiritual heart of India. For the receptive viewer, Rasa Yatra becomes a pilgrimage rather than a mere depiction of one.

In America and Europe some 30 million people practice different forms of yoga (Ashtanga-yoga, Kriya-yoga, Bhakti-yoga, Dhyana-yoga, Hatha-yoga, Kundalini-yoga, Raja-yoga, etc.) and many wish to know more about where they come from. Today in India the Himalayas are still home for yogis, sages, and families too, who live there in obscurity, far from the masses. One who wishes to inquire from the ascetics must climb high into the remote mountainous regions and serve them in a humble mood as long as possible.

Rasa Yatra is an experiential documentary, which has already done the steep walk for the viewer. It offers one a transcendental viewpoint on tradition, which has inspired filmmakers, poets, scholars as well as spiritual practitioners in the past, in the present and it will, no doubt, in the future. Through cinema's ability to perceive the flow of time as contemplation, Rasa Yatra conveys meaning through arresting image juxtaposition in combination with meditative sounds, real-life dialogues and sacred texts.

A particular form of yoga is the yoga of devotion (bhakti). People in and outside India worship Krishna, the god of love who is enchanting his devotees with his love calls since time immemorial. Vrindavana, the place where Krishna spent his youth, is a prominent centre of a pilgrimage and attracts a large number of pilgrims all year round, from all over the world. Rasa Yatra portrays Vrindavana in a beautiful contemporary manner, in contrast with the effects modernity has on this holy place: corporate media greed, social crisis, and the transformation of Indian identity. At present Vrindavana area is facing the largest ecological pollution in its history caused by the insensitive politics of power structures in modern India.

The power of this film is that you are free to create your own meanings out of it.

Film Festivals, Awards, Screenings:

Rishikesh Art and Film Festival, 2017.

China Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016.

Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of the Arts, Delhi, 2015.

Sadhaka Yoga Centre, Camden Town, London, 2014.

Spirit Enlightened, Culture Unplugged Online film festival, 2014.

Awakening Arts Institute, Assisi, Italy, 2013.

Ekotop Film Festival, Slovakia, 2013.

Rabindranath Tagore Cultural Centre, Bukurest, Rumania, 2013.

10th Prague Indian Film Festival, Czech Republic, (Final Edit), 2012.

Bhakti Center, New York Manhattan, USA, 2012.

Telluride Yoga Center in partnership with Telluride Film Festival, USA, 2012.

Audimax Theatre, Hamburg University, Germany, 2012

Radha Krishna Temple, London, 2012.

Aidan Meller Galleries, Oxford, 2012.

Habitat World Centre, Delhi, India, 2012.

4th Jaipur International Film Festival, India, (Final Edit candidate) 2012.

15th World Sanskrit Conference, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Art, Delhi, India, 2012.

Indian Premiere in association with Indian Council for Philosophical Research, Vrindavana, India, 2011.

CASS Business School, Diwali Festival Film Screening Initiative, London, UK, 2011.

Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions scholarly preview, Oxford University, 2011.

Biographica Exhibition, Westmister University of London, (work in progress), 2010.


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