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Legends of Indian Cinema: Pen Portraits

Surendra Kumar (Author)
Synopsis After obtaining Master's degree in History from Allahabad University in 1969, Surendra Kumar has been footloose for the last three decades. The nomadic life of an Indian diplomat has offered him a fascinating opportunity of learning about different cultures, traditions, beliefs, likes and dislikes and numerous other things, big and small, which connect us all. He was surprised to know that how powerful the impact of cinema, today, has on our lives. He feels, it is naive to dismiss it's capacity to transmit views, thoughts and value systems across national boundaries. Indian films are one of the strongest links between India and the Indian Diaspora spread in more than 20 countries. They have also generated immense goodwill for our country all over the world. The film bug bit him while studying at the Allahabad University in 1965. Hiring a cycle and paddling to cinema hall 5 km away with friends in chilly nights to see the last show on weekends was the most favorite pastime for him and his close friends. During his postings abroad, he has tried to organize "Indian film weeks" in the capital cities in different countries, such as, Mexico City, Santiago, Hong Kong, Damascus, London, Maputo, Malta and Tripoli.
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About the author

Surendra Kumar

Footloose for the last three decades in different parts of the world, have used Indian films as a potent tool of cultural diplomacy and organized retrospectives in 10 countries, most recently, three of them at the Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago: retrospective on Raj Kapoor, retrospective on Guru Dutt and a retrospective of contemporary Classics of Indian Cinema. In recent years Surendra Kumar has served as a Minister (Press, Information and Culture) at the High Commission of India in London and Ambassador of India in Mozambique and Libya. He also served as the Consul General of India in Chicago from February 2003. Presently, he is serving as the High Commissioner of India to Kenya in Nairobi.

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Title Legends of Indian Cinema: Pen Portraits
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8124108722
length 224p.