An up-close examination on the socio-cultural implications of television on communities, the Indian television industry, and the translation of the religious epic Mahabharat across cultural borders and boundaries.
Watching the first episode of the 1988 Hindi TV-series Mahabharat and accounting for my experience by live-tweeting my thoughts and opinions on the show has left me with a lot of questions. Is television anywhere near as popular in India as a pastime as it is in Australia? What was the real message behind the show? Why on earth was Ganga killing all her children?
Ganga and King Santanu (Image Source)
With these questions and my cultural assumptions in mind, — which can be found in my first post here — reflecting on my autoethnographic accounts of a cultural phenomenon can be insightful and revelatory. Reflective analysis not only highlights “dominant narratives” and “ways of thinking” about culture but also pursues a deeper understanding of such experiences on…
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I have been a fan of Bollywood film ever since I was first introduced to the three-hour classic Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in high school. I can quite clearly remember being amazed by the intricate details in the costumes, the set designs and the drama throughout the course of the film. Last year I even dedicated my DIGC202 project to my Bollywood film experiences through the form of a YouTube channel.
Wanting to stick with something somewhat familiar to me — that being my growing appreciation for Hindi culture, — I decided to focus my autoethnographic research project on my experience of Hindi television. In doing so, I hoped to further heighten my understanding of Indian culture and thus become a more culturally aware individual.
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In this episode of 'Discover: Bollywood’ I will be showing off some of my favourite and most memorable dance scenes in the industry. I hope you like it and feel welcome to comment your personal favourites below! Please share it, subscribe to my channel and don’t forget to comment your thoughts and opinions.
In my YouTube series 'Discover: Bollywood’ I have explored many aspects of the Hindi film industry. This episode I will be discussing the role of women in film and how they strive to create a more equal and accepting society. I hope you like this one and learn a thing or two! Please share it, … Continue reading Discover: Bollywood – Actresses in Hindi Cinema (E6)