Hindi Cinema 1950s-1970s

Faculty

Rita Kothari
 

Course Dates

6 July to 22 July 
 

Timings

6.30 pm – 8:00 pm
(Mon-Fri)

Commitment

3 weeks

Price

INR 20,000

Applications

1 July, 2020

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About The Course

Hindi cinema has shaped for most Indians conceptions of love, marriage, tradition and modernity. It has also shaped imaginations of the nation and its challenges as well as compromises. That said, the audiences have not been passive recipients; in fact the viewer and the ‘watched’ are interlocked in both the desire and its moderation, the containment as well its spill-overs. Cinema also interacted with ideas of the state; and helped or undermine its consolidation and democratic ends.

With this in mind, we focus upon three important decades of the post-independence period and our discussion ranges from partition to emergency and everything in between.

It is important to keep in mind that the instructor brings both affective and critical approach to the subject and that people’s memories and sentiments are as important to her as intellectual engagements in academic work on cinema. Also, this is not a film studies course, it retains its autonomy beyond disciplinary frameworks.

Fees after 50% scholarship for this course – ₹20,000

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    Faculty

    Rita Kothari

    PHD Gujarat

    Rita Kothari is a professor of English at Ashoka University. She is a multilingual scholar and translator, with works spanning literature, popular culture, anthropology, sociology and history.

    A specialist of the ‘chutnefication of English’, Kothari has translated extensively from Gujarati and Sindhi into English, and occasionally vice versa. Her translation of Gujarat’s first Dalit novel, Angaliyat (‘The Stepchild’) and her edited and translated compilation of Partition stories in Sindh published as Unbordered Memories are highly acclaimed. A Vani-Samanvay Distinguished Translator Awardee, Kothari is also author of Memories and Movements and of Translating India: The Cultural Politics of English.

    The nuance and passion in her teaching style reflect the depth of her work, and are what make her courses some of the most popular ones at Ashoka.

    Academy Common Course Objectives

    ENGAGE DIRECTLY WITH FACULTY ON THEIR UNIQUE THINKING MODELS AND APPROACHES

    GAIN INSIGHTS INTO PERSPECTIVES THAT ARE ROOTED IN CURRENT RESEARCH

    LEARN HOW TO COLLABORATE WITH DIVERSE PEERS

    EXPAND YOUR WORLDVIEW WITHIN AND ACROSS DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES

    DEVELOP WAYS TO MEASURE YOUR LEARNING AND GROWTH BEYOND GRADES

    Learning Support for the Course

    • To introduce the powerful medium of cinema in shaping the “common sense” about who we are and what we consider traditional or modern.
    • To provide a sense of the historical and sociological through popular films that have a formative role in shaping attitudes.