Post-Colonial Mahanagar to Modern Metropolis The Cinematic Journey of Kolkata/Calcutta

Authors: Tathagato Chakraborty*, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Topics: Urban Geography, Cultural Geography, Landscape
Keywords: Urban Landscape, Cinematic Representation, Calcutta/Kolkata, Culture
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Southdown, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Cinema documents landscape as an ensemble of both material space and cultural manifestation. Cinematic representation offers an opportunity to unravel palimpsests of myriad landscape understandings ranging from physical to social to economic and cultural. This, in turn, enables us to read the urban as a text in its temporality. Considering two cinematic representations, "Mahanagar" (1963) by Satyajait Ray and "Mach Mishti & More" (2013) by Mainak Bhaumik, this paper analyzes the changing urban landscape of Calcutta/Kolkata evolving from post-colonial city to a post-global one vis-à-vis the dynamics that such changes encompass in terms of socio-political and economic paradigms.

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