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Author & Historian

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Monday Mon, 15 Apr 2024



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

60 minutes | Tamil with English Subtitles | 2000 | India

Many years after a poet’s death, the words and images he conjured up continue to inspire generations of artists. Tamil cinema, dance, painting, music, theatre and literature resonate with Bharati’s vision. The public and private lives of men, women and children are shaped indelibly by his ideals. Subramania Bharathi (1882-1921) lives on.

Shot in present-day Tamilnadu and Pondicherry, at the turn of the present century (2000-2001) Saga of a Poet celebrates the enduring relevance and presence of perhaps the greatest poet the Tamil language has seen.




Soudhamini began her professional career assisting avant garde film-maker Mani Kaul in his film Before My Eyes and has since then worked across platforms and genres making short fiction, feature length non-fiction and experimental installations. Commissioned by the Government of India, the ZDF, Dept Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Germany, the Prince Claus Fund, Netherlands and most recently the Australia Council for the Arts these films have been creened globally, at the Oberhausen Film Festival, the FID Marseille, Creteil International Women’s Film Festival, Cinema Du Reel, Festival du Popoli, Asia Society, New York and Leningrad International Documentary Festival to name a few, they have also had regular screenings at the Indian International Film Festivals (MIFF and IFFI). She has recently completed her first Cinematic VR feature length film Ode to Uśas: This time let’s get the Dawn right.  (2023).

Soudhamini has a PhD in Film and Immersive Media from Deakin University, Melbourne (2023) a Post Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting and Direction from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, FTII  (1986) and an MA in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Madras University (1995).  A Fulbright Nehru Research Scholar (2017-18) and a Senior Research Fellow (2002-04) Department of Culture, Government of India, she is also trained in the Carnatic Saraswati veena.  She publishes regularly in peer reviewed journals on film and immersive media globally, and has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels in India, USA and Australia.

Theodore Baskaran

Author & Historian

Theodore Baskaran’ The Message Bearers (1981) is a standard reference book on early South Indian cinema, His other book The Eye of the Serpent: An Introduction to Tamil Cinema (1996) won the Golden Lotus award from the President of India. In 2004, his book History Through the Lens was published. In 2002, he taught a course on Tamil Cinema at the University of Michigan. In 2003, he was on the jury for National Film Awards. Baskaran has lectured in many universities in India and abroad, including Jadhavpur university, University of Princeton and recently, Paris. He writes both in English and Tamil.