|Course fee:||115.48 USD|
Overview: Indians love cinema, no argument. In fact, the Indian Film Industry is arguably the largest 'Institution of the Imaginary' in the world. All over the world when there is a hue and cry over Hollywood domination over local film industries, India is still an exception to this. And if one entity gives Indian Cinema its own signature, it is without a doubt the use of song and dance and the Navarasas or 9 basic emotions. Unlike Hollywood, where the ‘Musical' was a separate genre by itself, song and dance has been an integral part of the narrative in Indian Cinema be it in any language or whichever genre - This right from the first Indian Talkie, Alam Ara made in 1931. Over the years, the Indian film song has evolved and has been developed and perfected to a T. With stunning camerawork, eye-catching locales and sets, colourful costumes and energetic choreography, the Indian film song at times is singularly responsible for the success or failure of a film giving it that so called ‘repeat value.'
But there is more to Indian cinema than just song and dance and the 9 basic emotions thrown into every film. Indian cinema has seen a dramatic journey from almost a century ago - 1913 to be precise when the first Indian feature film, Dadasaheb Phalke's Raja Harishcandra premiered and astonished Indian audiences. From the silent features to the advent of Sound, from the heydays of the Studio Systems in the 1930s and 40s which showed that social commitment, art and commerce could go hand in hand, their subsequent decline, from the development of the playback system to the high peaks reached in the golden age of Indian cinema - the 1950s and the early 1960s, From the colourful 60s to the Indian New Wave beginning at the fag end of the 60s with the first lot of FTII graduates entering the Industry and emerging as an alternative cinema throughout the country in the 1970s and 80s, from the advent of the ‘Angry Young Man' to the ‘NRI' films of the 1990s and finally to the variety and expansion in all types of filmmaking thanks to technologic advances and the advent of the multiplexes in the 2000s, Indian cinema has seen it all, clinging to its own unique identity.
The course would take the participant down this magical journey tracing the development of the Indian Film, looking at its unique traits that sets it apart from its Western counterpart, so that we understand our past and place the journey of Indian cinema in a context as we see its evolution and analyze its important movements, see where we stand today and yes, where do we go from here.