The City as the Invitation to an Antique Death

Ashis Nandy

in An Ambiguous Journey to the City

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195683974
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081448 | DOI:
The City as the Invitation to an Antique Death

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This chapter focuses on the life and work of actor–director Pramathesh Chandra Barua (1903–51), the person who most dramatically symbolized the capacity of the new forms of popular culture to express some of the changing concerns of Indian society. Barua represented, in the popular imagination, the final triumph of the worldview of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay (1876–1938) and the special meaning the novelist gave to the journey from the village to the city and, sometimes, to the tragic, ill-fated, and desperate attempts to return to the village from the city. The chapter also considers the contrasting views of the two greatest names in Indian art cinema—Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak—regarding the films of Pramathesh.

Keywords: popular culture; Indian society; village; city; journey; Indian art cinema; Pramathesh Chandra Barua; Satyajit Ray; Ritwik Ghatak

Chapter.  9967 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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