The Story of Navketan
Published by Harper-Collins
168 pages 999 Rupees (Hardbound)
Navketan is the name of the renowned studio established by veteran actor/producer Dev Anand. This book, through the growth of this studio, spans a crucial phase in the Indian film industry, from its early, post-independence b&w phase to the music-filled colourful cinema of the '60s and '70s. It looks at the founding of Navketan in 1949, and describes how it became the training ground and home for many directors, producers, composers and technicians. The studio also launched several actors who became big stars. Quite a few landmark films in Indian cinema were made at Navketan, Chetan Anand's Taxi Driver (1954 classic) and the cult film by Dev Anand, Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) to the all-time entertainers, Vijay Anand's Jewel Thief (1967) and Guide (1965). The author, a journalist with 15 years of experience, has used unique illustrations and photographs from Navketan’s films and interviewed several film professionals. His thorough research has brought to light creative partnerships. A regular contributor to newspapers and a commentator on TV, author Bhatia was awarded the Press Fellowship to Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1990 and was made an associate Fellow of this college in 2001.
Is it all about Hips?
Around the World with Bollywood
Published by SAGE
268 pages 450 Rupees (Paperback)
The first comprehensive book on Bollywood dance culture, this entertaining book traces Bollywood dances as they are interpreted, created, and produced in three regions: Mumbai (India), Kathmandu (Nepal), and Los Angeles (USA). In this enterprising work, Sangita Shresthova brings alive the world of Bollywood dance through the chronicling and analyses of live performances, dance classes, film spectatorship and personal narratives. With a foreword by actor Kabir Bedi, the book includes topics such as ‘Dancing through the Decades: A Bit of Theory and History’, ‘Bombay and the Bodies of Bollywood Dance’, and ‘Under Bollywood’s Big Umbrella?’ Sangita Shresthova is currently the Research Director of the Media Activism and Participatory Politics Project (MAPP) at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is a dancer and media artist who holds a PhD from the Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA. She earned an MSc degree from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program where she focused on Hindi film dance.