In observance of the centenary of Indian cinema, the University of Illinois Library presents “Past, Present, Future: Indian Cinema at 100,” a forum dedicated to examining the origins, evolution, and future of Indian cinema in both local and global contexts.This landmark event, marking one hundred years of innovation, growth, and productivity by the world’s largest, most prolific, and most culturally diverse film industry provides a unique opportunity for the University of Illinois—home of nearly one thousand students who hail from the subcontinent, and more than forty South Asian specialists from across the disciplinary spectrum—to recognize the artistic, cultural, and historical contributions Indian cinema has made over the last century.
At the same time, it offers exciting possibilities for the University to engage not only with the East Central Illinois South Asian population, but also with those members of the community with an interest in or curiosity about Indian cinema and culture. Distinguished guests include activist and director Onir, Indian cinema and popular culture expert Lalitha Gopalan, cultural critic Ajay Gehlawat and industry analyst Manjunath Pendakur.
Although cinema is the focus of the symposium, presentations will examine film in wider social contexts, underscoring the power of the medium to reflect and at the same time to shape individual and group identity, to reaffirm and also to deconstruct dominant cultural beliefs, and to represent and simultaneously to interrogate behavioral norms and conventions.
Dates and Venue
KNIGHT AUDITORIUM, SPURLOCK MUSEUM, 600 S. GREGORY ST. URBANA, IL
COORDINATED SCIENCE LABORATORY, 1308 W. MAIN ST. URBANA, IL
SECOND FLOOR, LEVIS FACULTY CENTER, 919 W. ILLINOIS ST. URBANA, IL