At a tent theatre near you
Patrons of traveling cinemas watch films at night screenings in Maharashtra. Once every year, the nomadic cinemas travel to these remote villages still located far from fixed-site theatres. Showing an eclectic mix of films including regional language films in Marathi, Bollywood blockbusters in Hindi and even dubbed Hollywood flicks. Built as mobile and make-shift the cinemas offer a uniform seating arrangement on the earth, under the canopy of a huge tent. The audience pays Rs. 15 per show.
Over three years of his engagement with the cinemas, Amit Madhesiya (a Tasveer Ghar fellow) discovered lived associations of patrons with their traveling cinemas - which fuel their fantasies, desires and aspirations. With such patrons, the cinemas also feel strengthened in their fight for survival, against all pervasive DVD and cable networks. Amit has been granted the World Press Photo award for 2010 for his depiction of the tent cinemas. Also see a more detailed news on the website of the Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in Global Context (Heidelberg University), of which Amit is a member.
See more of his photographs fom this series here.
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Photo credit Amit Madheshiya, 2010