Category Archives: Film

“In nearly all tribal villages, men, women and children dance together on many occasions. As with singing and the playing of musical instruments here the average knowledge and skills are generally higher than in any other south Asian communities. Even in rural and tribal villages one can observe that participation in dance has been declining due to the impact of the massive film industry and television.” – Rolf Killius in “Traditional Dance in South Asia”
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=16298

The representation of tribal women in Indian cinema, comparing recent trends in Assamese cinema with “Days And Nights In The Forest” (Aranyer Din Ratri), a film classic directed by Satyajit Ray:
“The immediate impression of Indian movies is that all are depicting an established formula, where the good woman is usually vulnerable and innocent, mostly good looking and also helpless or lacking in intelligence. The bad woman is either sensuous or scary and wicked even in appearance. But Assamese cinema, especially as seen through most of the films taken for the study, has not stuck to this kind of stereotyping in the larger sense. Films in Assam, through the decades, have dealt with serious issues concerning the society, and women in majority of the films, rather than only showing romance and escapism.” – Rashmi Sarmah, PhD thesis Assam titled “Gender Representation in the Cinema of Assam” (University 2014, Abstract p. 11)
https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/55929/5/05_abstracts.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15597

“Days and Nights in the Forest was one of Ray’s most successful films [wherein he introduces] an overt sensuality to his work. […] Feel the tension in this scene [5:10] A beguiling Santal woman [portrayed by a non-Santali actress Simi Garewal] whom [the young men in this story] met is hired to clean their room – and perhaps more. […] No girlfriend of these guys would be allowed to parade themselves in this manner […] In the forest, their true selves are revealed.” – Preston Miller, voice-over for scenes from Satyajith Ray’s 1970 film Aranyer Din Ratri: “Days and Nights in the Forest – introduction”
https://youtu.be/lV8clWi_Vf0
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15597

Future in the making – Kanavu Kerala Culture Club

‘Kanavu’ means ‘dream‘. It is exactly a dream, an initiative of the alternative educational vision of K. J. Baby and his like-minded friends. The inception of the idea can be traced back to Maveli Manatram (1991), Baby‘s novel that was … Continue reading

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Video & free eBook | India’s first female comic book superhero challenges misleading information: “Masked Indian comic superhero fights Covid-19 fear”

In Priya’s Mask, due to be launched on 2 December, the comic crusader joins hands with Jiya, the “Burka Avenger”, a popular character from a Pakistani cartoon show, as the two go about trying to tackle the pandemic – and … Continue reading

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eJournal | Writing and teaching Santali in different alphabets: A success story calling for a stronger sense of self-confidence – West Bengal

Santali is one of India’s many Adivasi languages. Today, seven different alphabets are used to write in it. Some argue that this great variety does not help the community’s development. | Read the full article (3,3 MB) >> Among South … Continue reading

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Interview on the award winning documentary “Have You Seen The Arana?”: A sojourn that takes you through the crests, troughs and flats of Wayanad – Kerala

Though Ningal Aranaye Kando has a bleak premise, filmmaker Sunanda Bhat injects it with the lightness of everyday occurrences, simple slice-of-life moments and hope for the future, finds Catherine Rhea Roy. […] It is a woman’s disquiet over the disappearance … Continue reading

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Video trailer | “Belle” on the (ongoing) campaign to end slavery throughout the world: A well-told story with accountability as the key to overcoming discrimination – United Kingdom

Belle Trailer 2013 – Official 2014 movie trailer […] The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in England after meeting an idealistic young vicar’s … Continue reading

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