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Pandian, Anand Sankar

Grant Type
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
Johns Hopkins U.
Completed Grant
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Project Title
Pandian, Dr. Anand S., Johns Hopkins U., Baltimore, MD - To aid engaged activities on 'Engaging Vernacular Publics in an Anthropology of Cinema,' 2013, Chennai, India

DR. ANAND PANDIAN, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, received funding in August 2012 to aid engaged activities on 'Engaging Vernacular Publics in an Anthropology of Cinema.' In November 2015, the grantee published a book called Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation with Duke University Press. The book examines the creative process of filmmaking in India, building on many years of fieldwork with directors, cameramen, actors, editors, composers and other artists and professionals working in the Tamil film industry of south India. This is one of the largest film industries in the world, with tens of millions of avid fans and consumers, highly keen on these films and deeply curious about the process of their creation. In writing this book, it was important to try to reach this wider lay audience in India. With the support of an Engaged Anthropology Grant, the grantee was able to work closely with a Tamil translator in preparing a vernacular edition of this book and broader research. This project's goal has been to make the stories and ideas that animate the book as engaging and accessible as possible to a broad-based Tamil audience, and reach some of those who have made Tamil cinema possible and appealing as a medium of cultural expression in contemporary India.