Week 14 (11.29.2016)

We'll split our class between peer reviewing our podcast scripts and discussing an article by Tejaswini Ganti that will help us think about the future of the song-and-dance sequence in Hindi film. Reading: Tejaswini Ganti, "No longer a frivolous singing and dancing nation of movie-makers: the Hindi film industry and its quest for global distinction." Visual Anthropology 2012, 340-365. You do not need to post a discussion question, but, as always, do read closely and critically and bring your questions to class. Podcast: We'll spend half the class discussing podcasts and peer reviewing the drafts of our podcast scripts. In preparation, you should do the...
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Week 10 – Bhangra workshop! (10.27.2016)

I'm so excited that our very own Masoom Chainani, captain of Cornell bhangra, will lead us in a bhangra dance workshop on Thursday! A few reminders: We will meet downstairs in Lincoln Hall in room B20. Please wear clothes that you can move in! Reading: This is a pinch of background reading and viewing on bhangra "Bhangra" - http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/47339?q=bhangra&search=quick&pos=1&_start=1#firsthit  Listening: This playlist contains bhangra song-and-dances from Hindi films over the last fifty years. At a minimum, watch the first three songs, listening for the quintessential beat and sounds of bhangra: "Rang de Basanti," Rang de Basanti (2004) Cornell Bhangra at Bhangra Blowout 2015 (can you...
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Week 9: Reading and Viewing (10.18.2016)

This week, we'll be discussing Hindi cinema's take on Muslims in relation to ideas of the nation. We will do so by focusing on the 1994 film Roja (originally released in Tamil, subsequently released in Hindi). You will have a prompt for Thursday, not Tuesday, but do post discussion questions. In particular, think about the questions that these readings raise for you and how they might apply to the movie. Mark up the readings (manually or digitally) by highlighting, circling, and annotating anything you find confusing or want to discuss in more depth. Reading: Gyanendra Pandey, "Can a Muslim be an Indian?" Comparative...
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