The Rubin Phantom India: The Indian and the Sacred
Phantom India: The Indian and the Sacred
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1969, India, Louis Malle, 52 min.
Post-screening discussion with Paula Chakravartty.
This third episode of Phantom India explores the contradictions and paradoxes of Indian religion. Opening with a yogi who has pierced his entire body with giant needles -"The Indian and the Sacred" then segues into a trip to see a giant statue of Nandi the Bull, and then into southern India, for a glimpse of more idiosyncratic and tightly-knit Indian belief systems. Later, Malle and his team visit the temple of Madurai, tour a garbhagrilha, and greet the saddhus, who mingle with, and are possessed by, powerful and occasionally malevolent spirits.
About the Speaker
Paula Chakravartty is Associate Professor at the Department of Media, Culture and Communications and the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies at NYU. She has published extensively on media and political transformation in India and across the global South. Her books include, Race, Empire and the Crisis of the Subprime, Media Policy and Globalization and Global Communications: Towards a Transcultural Political Economy. She is currently working on a collection of essays on the role of new media in Indian electoral politics, and a project funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) on mediated activism in India, China and the Middle East.