Indian New Wave Cinema Revisited: Workshop and Screenings

All day
Through August 29, 2015
UChicago Center in Delhi

Aug. 27

Indian 'New Wave' Cinema Revisited: Workshop And Screenings

Over two days of screenings and a one-day workshop session, film scholars analyze a controversial period of Indian cinema's history: the 'new' cinemas of the 1970s-80s. Radical experiments with the film form accompanied the emergence of new themes in different regions of the country.  Envisioning novel political alignments cinema in these years engaged, transformed and extended formal practices, some of which were derived from literature, photography, and theater.  The emergence of these cinematic practices led to debates that opened up new frontiers for arguments around the State, national history,  political action, indigenism, and realism. A return to that history today poses new historiographic challenges and new archival responsibilities.

This workshop took place following a year-long research project supported by the University of Chicago's Center in Delhi, in partnership with Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, the Media Lab, Jadavpur University, and

August 27

6:00- 6:30 p.m.             Registration and Refreshments

6:30 p.m.                       Welcome address by Rochona Majumdar

                                        Screening: PADATIK (The Guerilla Fighter, Mrinal Sen,1973, 1 hr 38 mins, Bengali).

                                         Introduction by Maharghya Chakravorty and Utsab Sen.

8:30-8:45 p.m.              Break

8:45-9:15 p.m.              Panel Discussion on the film

August 28

1:30 p.m.                       Arrival and Registration

2-4 p.m.                        Screening: AGRAHARATHIL KAZHUTHAI (Donkey in a

                                       Brahmin Village, John Abraham, 1977,Tamil, 1 hr 35 min, Tamil).

                                       Introduction by Satish Poduval and Jenson Joseph.

4-6 p.m.                        Screening: GHASHIRAM KOTWAL (Yukt Film Cooperative,1976, 1 hr 43 min, Marathi).

                                       Introduction by Dhananjay Kapse.

6:00 p.m.                     Opening Lecture: Jacqueline Stewart (The University of Chicago), "Can the Moving Image Archive be Decolonized?"

August 29

9:30 a.m.                     Arrival and Registration

10:00-11:30 a.m.       Ashish Rajadhyaksha (Center for Study in Culture and Society, Bengaluru), "Reconsidering State and Cinema: Tracking the Nationalist Careers of India's New Cinema Movements"
                                     Moinak Biswas (Jadavpur University, Kolkata), "Political Debates and Film Polemics: 1969- 1980"

                                     Chair and discussant: Udaya Kumar (Delhi University)

11:30- 11:45 a.m.      Tea break

11:45 a.m.-1.15 p.m. Sangita Gopal (The University of Oregon), "The Woman Question and the New Indian Cinema"
                                      Madhava Prasad (English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad), "Urban Themes in the Kannada New Cinema"

                                      Chair and discussant: Ranjani Mazumdar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

1:15-2:30 p.m.            Lunch

2:30-3:45 p.m.           Rochona Majumdar (The University of Chicago), "Anger and After: Mrinal Sen's Calcutta trilogy"

                                     Satish Poduval (English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad), "Waves of Revulsion: 1975 and the 'New' Malayalam Cinema"

                                     Chair and discussant: G. Arunima (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

3:45-4:15 p.m.           Break

4:15-6:00 p.m.           Closing panel

                                     Kaushik Bhaumik (Jawaharlal Nehru University): "Doing Democracy? The Film Collectives of the Indian New Wave."
                                     Daniel Morgan (The University of Chicago): "To Make Films Politically? Indian New Cinema and Global Debates on Form and Practice."

                                     Chair and discussant: Ravi Vasudevan (Center for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi)

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