The Epic Cinema of Kumar Shahani


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<P>Laleen Jayamanne examines the major works of leading Indian film director, Kumar Shahani, and explores the reaches of modernist film aesthetics in its international form. More than an auteur study, Jayamanne approaches Shahani's films conceptually, as those that reveal cinema's synaesthetic capabilities, or "cinaesthesia." As the author shows, Shahani's cinematic project entails a modern reformulation of the ancient oral tradition of epic narration and performance in order to address the contemporary world, establishing a new cinematic expression, "an epic idiom." As evidenced by his films, constructing cinematic history becomes more than an archival project of retrieval, and is instead a living history of the present which can intervene in the current moment through sensory experiences, propelling thought.</P>
<P>Preface<BR>1. To Arrive at the Station: trains of thought<BR>2. To Leave the Factory: with cloth & film<BR>3. To Derail Thought: of infinity as motif or walking<BR>4. In the Beginning was Sound Nad: Tarang (Wave)<BR>5. Lapidary Dynamisms: river, stone, icon<BR>6. A Second Nervous system: Acting and Thinking<BR>7. Shahani and others<BR>8. Modulating Avatars: Shahani’s Unit<BR>9. Memory of the World: Archive Fever<BR>Notes<BR>Filmography<BR>Bibliography<BR>Index</P>



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Published 22 October 2014
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EAN13 9780253014146
Language English

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