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Now available from Indiana University Press:

The Epic Cinema of Kumar Shahani
Laleen Jayamanne

"It is a rare gift of intuition and understanding for a scholar to bestow
on the artist who is her object of study the same beauty and elegance of
expression that attracted her to the artist¹s work in the first place.
Such is the gift that Laleen Jayamanne has bestowed on the oeuvre of
Indian filmmaker, Kumar Shahani." ‹Sumita Chakravarty, author of National
Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987

The Epic Cinema of Kumar Shahani 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,
Laleen Jayamanne approaches Shahani¹s oeuvre conceptually, as films that
reveal cinema's synesthetic capabilities. As the author illustrates,
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. As evidenced
by his films, constructing cinematic history entails more than an archival
project of retrieval and is a living history of the present, which can
intervene in the current moment through sensory experiences.

316 pp.
cloth 978-0-253-01407-8 $90.00
paper 978-0-253-01410-8 $30.00

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