TAMILISAI MOVEMENT

In 1943, Tamil was good to speak in but not to sing? Ironically a bias had crept into a system brought on to break biases. The Carnatic music Sabhas that had sprung to be the patrons of regional music- a post hitherto held by the zamindars soon fell a trap to their own pomposity. In…

When Censorship withered film production

1942 started a ruinous stint for the nascent talkie industry of Madras. Wartime evacuations of both audience and producers (AVM moved to Devakottai Rastha) and restriction of post dusk shows had already hit the industry hard. Then came the next jolt. German film technology (AGFA film mainly) had sustained Indian cinema with negative raw stock…