Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rama's mother and lemonade

Watching participants from St. Stephen’s College unable to name Rama's mother in a Doordarshan quiz contest, Anant Pai went on to create Amar Chitra Katha. Deepa Sreenivas weaves a colorful tale and takes the story further in SCULPTING A MIDDLE CLASS: History, Masculinity and the Amar Chitra Katha in India (Routledge2010). 

An interesting addition to the genealogy of nationalist sentiment in India discourse. Needless to say that Sri Aurobindo finds no mention in the book. India's Middle Class: New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity (Cities and the Urban Imperative) and Ritual Matters: Dynamic Dimensions in Practice  are two related studies by Christiane Brosius. [TNM] 

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