A Very Old Machine: The Many Origins of the Indian Cinema 1840-1930

By: Sudhir Mahadevan

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This book shows how Indian cinema’s many origins in the technologies and practices of the nineteenth century continue to play a vital and broad function in the twenty-first. Mahadevan proposes that there has never been a singular cinema in India; rather, Indian cinema has been a multifaceted phenomenon that was understood, experienced, and present in everyday life in myriad ways. Employing methods of media archaeology, close textual analysis, archival research, and cultural theory, he digs into the history of photography, print media, practices of piracy and showmanship, and contemporary everyday imaginations of the cinema to provide an understanding of how the cinema came to be such a dominant cultural force in India. The result is an innovative account of Indian cinema’s "many origins". PRINTED PAGES: 256.

Title: A Very Old Machine: The Many Origins of the Indian Cinema 1840-1930

Author Name: Sudhir Mahadevan

Categories: India, Social Studies,

Publisher: New Delhi, Permanent Black/Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd: 2018

ISBN: 8178245256

ISBN 13: 9788178245256

Binding: Hardcover

Seller ID: 900690

Keywords: A Very Old Machine: The Many Origins of the Indian Cinema 1840-1930 Sudhir Mahadevan