Online Resources
on South Asian Popular Culture and Arts

Please note:

These links open to webpages outside of Tasveer Ghar and are roughly divided into the following five sections:

(1) Books

(2) Journals and Academic Resources

(3) Image Collections and Archives

(4) Online Essays

(5) Miscelleaneous Links


(1) Books (in alphabetical order, author-wise):

Brosius, Christiane. 2010. India’s Middle Class. New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity. New Delhi, London, New York: Routledge. (currently outo of print, second edition expected in spring 2014)

For reviews, see Udupa, Sahana. 2013. "World-Class Aspirations. The New Middle Class of India". Economic & Political Weekly 48(15), April: 29-31 or BIBLIO: A Review of Books, by Mitu Sengupta, Vol 15 (3 & 4), March April 2010

ibid. 2005. Empowering Visions. The Politics of Representation in Hindu Nationalism. London: Anthem Press

Brown, Kerry (ed.). 1999. Sikh art and literature, Routledge London

Dawson, Barry. 2001. Street Graphics India: London: Thames and Hudson

Dwyer, Rachel and Divia Patel. 2002. Cinema India: The Visual Culture of Hindi Film. London: Reaktion Books

DY Works (eds.). 2012. Amul's India. Based on 50 years of Amul Advertising by daCunha Communications. With essays/comments by Amitabh Bachchan, er al. NOIDA: Harper Collins 

Geetha, V., Rao, Sirish (eds.). 2001. An Ideal Boy: Charts from India. Dewi Lewis Publishing

Harrison, Samatha, and Bari Kumar (eds.) 2003. Pop Culture - India Bazaar: Vintage Indian Graphics. TASCHEN Books

Jacob, Preminda. 2009. Celluloid Deities: The Visual Culture of Cinema and Politics in South India

Jain, Jyotindra (ed.). 2008. India's Popular Culture. Mumbai: Marg Publications

Jain, Jyotindra. 2003. "Indian Popular Culture. 'The Conquest of the World as Picture'". In Peter Seel (ed.). New Perspectives from India. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Tulika: Delhi

Jain, Kajri. 2007. Gods in the Bazaar. The Economies of Indian Calendar Art. Durham: Duke University Press

McLain, Karline. 2009. India's immortal comic books: gods, kings, and other heroes. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Neumayer, Erwin and Christine Schelberger. 2003. Raja Ravi Varma and the Printed Gods of India. New Delhi: OUP  

Pinney, Christopher. 2008. The Coming of Photography in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press

ibid. 2004. Photos of the Gods. The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press

ibid. 1997. Camera Indica. The Social Life of Indian Photographs. London: Reaktion Books, Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Ramaswamy, Sumathi. 2010. The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India. Durham: Duke University Press

ibid. (ed.) 2003. Beyond Appearances? Visual Practices and Ideologies in Modern India. New Delhi: Sage Publications (Contributions to Indian Sociology Studies, Occasional Papers 10)

Saeed, Yousuf. 2012. Muslim Devotional Art in India. Delhi: Routledge.

ibid. 2006. ‘Mecca versus the Local Shrine: The Dilemma of Orientation in the Popular Religious Art of Indian Muslims’, in Jyotindra Jain (ed.), India’s Popular Culture: Iconic Spaces and Fluid Images, Mumbai: Marg Publication, pp. 76–89. (See this article in Economic Times).

Sinha, Gayatri (ed.). 2009. Art and Visual Culture in India : 1857-2007. Mumbai: Marg Publications

Srinivas, Deepa. 2010. History, Masculinity and the Amar Chitra Katha. New Delhi: Routledge

Uberoi, Patricia. 2009 (1°: 2006). Freedom and Destiny. Gender, Family and Popular Culture in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press


(2) Journals and Academic Resources:

BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, Sage Journals

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Narrating the "Everyday" in South Asian Popular Visual Culture (Sandria Freitag) American Historical Association

South Asian Popular Culture (Journal, published by Routledge, since 2003)

South Asian Visual Culture (Syllabus at Smith College)

Visual Cultures of Islamic South Asia (Texas A&M University)


(3) Image Collections and Archives

Arab Image Foundation (Preserves and studies photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora).

Archive Southasia is an initiative that emerged from Hri’s commitment to garnering greater recognition for the art and science of archiving. It also attempts to connect small archives in Southasia and create spaces for a cross-border fellowship of archivists, scholars and artists.

Bombay Arts - arts, crafts and media practices that reflect the vitality of a city - by Vishal Rawlley)

Calendar Arts of India - Kamat's Potpourri - images from the personal website of the Kamat family - a 'hodge-podge' of Indian history, arts and culture

CIVIC - Centre for Indian Visual Culture - New Delhi: the Centre houses digital images of a range of nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Indian visual culture 

Classic Bollywood actors and their ad posters - Vintage ads uploaded by individual persons

Deep Blue Library, University of Michigan

Digital South Asia Library, University of Chicago - image resources

Flags and Stamps (Indian stamps and nationalism)

H. Daniel Smith Poster Archive

Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange, a unit of the Southasia Trust, Kathmandu, is an emergent platform for discussion, networking and research. In addition to a deep engagement with political issues of cross-border relevance, Hri focuses on culture, music, literature and the performing arts.

Images of Asia (large collection of old picture postcards)

India Foundation for the Arts

Indian Calendar Art (Information about artists)

Islamic bazaar Art (F.Pritchett)

Kamat's Potpourri: India's Street Culture - website and blog (since 2002)

Kamat's Potpourri: The Genius of Ravi Varma - website and blog (since 2001)

Kananda Collection of Bollywood Cinema Hoardings

Khoj: International Artists Association

Material World, NYU-Blog with emphasis on Visual Culture

Material World: Objects, Perfumes, Language

Matt Lee: Macho Men and Flirtatious Women (Popular visual culture on the streets of Bangalore - a collection)

MIT: Visualizing Cultures

Package and Bazar Graphics from India platform for new photography in Nepal, set up in 2007, aspiring to nurture voices that document and engage with social change in Nepal. In 2010, set up Nepal Picture Library, a digital photo archive that hopes to contribute to the study of Nepali photography, generate knowledge and raise questions about how we can explore issues of memory, identity, and history through images.

Poster Women - A Zubaan Project. In 2006 Zubaan began a new and fascinating project: Poster Women, a visual mapping of the women’s movement in India through the posters the movement had produced. The idea was to ask what the history of the movement would look like through its posters and the visual images it had used, the various campaigns that the movement has engaged with and the forms these campaigns have taken over a period of time. By now, around 1500 posters have been collected in this context.

Posters Collection at International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands (India section)

Priya Paul Collection at Heidelberg Research Architecture, Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg University, Germany

SAVIFA- the Virtual Library South Asia, Heidelberg University

SPARROW: Archiving Imges and Stories of Women (Mumbai)

Tasveer Arts

Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA)

UNESCO Image Bank

Urdu detective novels of Ibne Safi: a collection of images from their titles

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