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Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film

M.K. Raghavendra


The first comprehensive inquiry into the origin and growth of regional language cinema in India, this book traces the development of Kannada cinema from the 1940s to the new millennium. Focusing on the role regional language cinema plays, the book examines the conflict between the ‘region’ and the ‘nation’ in the regional consciousness. It explores how its origin in a princely state under indirect British rule had an impact on the shaping of Kannada cinema, and inquiries into the effect of the linguistic reorganization of the states in the 1950s upon regional identity. Exploring the influence ... More

Keywords: regional language cinema, Indian cinema, Kannada cinema, regional identity, region, nation, Rajkumar, Bangalore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198071587
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M.K. Raghavendra, author