Visual India: A Trans-national Digital Archive for Popular Indian Visual Culture

Professor Manishita Dass | Principal Investigator

(This Trehan funded project has now been completed.)

This was a collaborative project between faculty at Asian Languages and Cultures U-M, with  Heidelberg University in Germany and the SARAI/Center for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi. Tasveer Ghar is a trans-national virtual "home" for collecting, digitizing, and documenting various materials produced by South Asia's exciting popular visual sphere including posters, calendar art, pilgrimage maps and paraphernalia, cinema hoardings, advertisements, and other forms of street and bazaar art.

Some of the key fields of exploration within the network are: (a) the social and performative life of images; (b) the histories and everyday lives and voices of producers, disseminators and ‘consumers’; (c) various techniques of visuality/media of visualization (for instance, ritual or theatrical performance, or political spectacle). We also hope that such a digital data-base, which we envisage as an open access, democratic space, will also serve as a hub around which to promote dialogue and debate on matters pertaining to South Asian popular visual culture. We hope that Tasveer Ghar, we anticipate, will help promote inter-disciplinary scholarly exchange across the globe between academics, artists, and others on South Asian popular visual culture.

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