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Title: Maya, Tradition and Modernity in Shaji Karun's 'Vanaprastham'
Contributor(s): Marsh, Julie (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 190104 Visual Cultures
210302 Asian History
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950502 Understanding Asias Past
959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
950404 Religion and Society
Abstract: The 1999 Indian/French film, 'Vaanaprastham' ('The Last Dancer'), reflects the changing world of a South Indian community by depicting life episodes of a Kathakali dancer. Still engaged with traditional social mores and mythologies, the community struggles to absorb influences of modernity - altered expectations of the individual and of gender and caste relations. The story is mediated through the foundational philosophy of maya: that appearances are illusory.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Folklore, v.25, p. 67-77
Publisher: Australian Folklore Association
Place of Publication: University of New England, Australia
ISSN: 0819-0852
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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