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Unifying India (04:04)


Dileep Prakash explains there are many Indian languages and cultures, but there is political pressure to create one identity. During 200 years of colonial rule, the British mapped and categorized the diversity of India. When Jawaharlal Nehru became the first president of the new democracy, religious extremism led to violence.

Mentoring Photographers and Journalists (06:06)

Raghu Rai advises individuals to interact with their subjects, not think too much, and use their imaginations to create new images. Rai describes the atmosphere in India after independence; he photographed intuitively and instinctively during this time.

Documenting Societal Changes (07:47)

India faces the challenge of adapting to rapid changes, and Uzma Mohsin explores these changes in her photography; identities are changing. She appreciates the multicultural spaces in India; though there is much racial discrimination, people have resilience.

Indian Culture and History (06:53)

Prakash grew up taking photographs and staying in mountain posts. Although these are British structures, they are part of Indian history and culture. He describes the Anglo Indian culture and its influence on Indian language and identity.

Credits: An Impossible Country (00:27)

Credits: An Impossible Country

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An Impossible Country

Part of the Series : Snapshots of India
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What does it mean to be Indian? Yesterday a British colony, today in the grip of rampant globalization, India is looking for its true face. The father of Indian photography, Raghu Rai has devoted his entire career to capturing the diversity of the landscapes, communities, and customs that have shaped India over the past five decades. His valuable testimony is taken further by the work in blue, black and white of photographer Uzma Mohsin. In Goa, the multicultural melting pot that has become a tourist hub, she observes a mini-India in the throes of unbridled globalization. In the foothills of the Himalayas, Dileep Prakash illustrates the colonial context in which the young Indian nation was constructed. His work on the traces of the British past serves as a strong reminder that this complex country can only fully exist by embracing both its diversity and its past.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: FMK160988

ISBN: 978-1-64481-043-9

Copyright date: ©2014

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