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Title: Landscape in Indian Cinema
Authors: Shailaja Shah
Keywords: Cinema
Issue Date: 22-Feb-2018
Publisher: Thai Association Of Landscape Architects
Abstract: The notion of cinema as a lens for landscape perception and representation becomes simulating but highly unexplored field in landscape architecture. The often ambiguous definition of ‘landscape’ characterizes it as a way of seeing the world. Based on viewpoints of people observing a certain landscape, the representation of the same would vary significantly subsequently altering our perception of the given landscape. Landscape design is not only concerned with the making of productive landscapes but is also deeply engaged with art, aesthetics and people. The paper delves into cinema as an art form to find the cultural meanings of landscapes. It looks at landscape in cinema where people, places and spaces are re-presented in the cinematic vision. It investigates interaction outcomes between spatiality and experience of the landscape through the cinematic lens. Existing literature on the same suggests that landscape and cinema – both rely on vision and perception for representation. Theories regarding landscape perception from the cinematic lens suggest that it depends upon cognitive and experiential paradigms. It is necessary to note that these paradigms help in the construction of landscapes. The cognitive paradigm for landscape perception in the Indian cinematic space looks at socio-political and cultural discourses to search for meaning in landscape. The experiential paradigm considers significant properties of landscape based on man-landscape interaction allowing landscape to be shaped in this process. The paper is divided into four parts. The first part discusses landscape as seen through the lens of painting and theatre since they are considered to be the immediate predecessors to cinema. Using the theatrical metaphor, the paper synthesizes various identities of landscape and further explores the notion of a ‘city’ in the Indian cinematic space. Indian films have been closely linked with this process of urbanization and expansion of cities. A city, in Indian cinema, is looked upon as a place to go to where dreams can come true. The nature of the city - a melting pot of identities - allows people to break away from their oppressive past rooted in socio-cultural traditions of caste and class. The paper concludes by suggesting that the way spaces are used and places are portrayed in cinema reflect the prevailing culture, ethics, and society. Along with this, landscapes sometimes take a backseat and add to the narration of the story. The paper delves into finding connotations of landscapes by their narration and representation in the Indian cinematic space.
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