Tradition and Modernity in Post-colonial Telugu Cinema: Representation of Child marriage and its Sanctity in Mangalya Balam (1959)

P. Parameswarudu

Abstract


The decolonized literatures and art forms evaluated the colonial modernity and persisting traditions. It is evaluated that there were two different discourses, reformist and revivalist, in colonial Andhra. Post-colonial Telugu cinema came up with third discourse in which both reformist and revivalist ideologies went hand in hand. This paper attempts to unearth the causation of such ideological stand taken by the Telugu Cinema of 1950s which not only interrogated child marriage but also sanctified the Hindu marriage. Mangalyabalam (1959) does not negate the tradition but negotiates with it in order to bring consensus between tradition and modernity. 


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Child marriage, colonial modernity, tradition, sanctity, Hindu marriage

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