Embedding Indian Transcendental Philosophy in Indian Cinematic Practice

Balachandran Nair, Shemin Balachandran (2020) Embedding Indian Transcendental Philosophy in Indian Cinematic Practice. Doctoral thesis, University of Central Lancashire.

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India’s cultural heritage is rich in Transcendental philosophies, yet unlike many other Indian cultural forms, such as theatre and music, very few Indian filmmakers consciously explore the Transcendent in their films. The aim of this research project is to discover in what ways cinematic forms can be developed and embedded in narrative film to engage more consciously with Indian Transcendental concepts. Most Indian mainstream cinema still practises Aristotle’s five-act dramatic structure. The research investigates the conscious efforts of some filmmakers who have attempted experimental narrative structures. My PhD is a practice led research embedding Indian transcendental philosophy to film making practices.

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