Preserving the History of Indian Cinema through Digitising Early Urdu Film Magazines (EAP1262)

Aims and objectives

This project aims to preserve the rich record of cinema history in India by digitising Urdu film magazines and periodicals from the early twentieth century. Shedding new light on South Asian film journalism and readership, this material highlights aspects of local engagement with film that have remained unexamined so far and are under threat of being lost forever. Given the scarcity of Urdu material that survives today, the digitisation of rare film magazines will make a significant contribution to future scholarship on the subject. This material constitutes an invaluable resource for early Indian film history and Urdu writing on cinema.

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