Set in rural South India, 15 year old Vanaja goes to work for the local Landlady in hopes of learning Kuchipudi Dance. Innocent chemistry with the Landlady's son turns ugly, pitching her into a battle of Caste and Animus.
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"Vanaja" (more...) Chinnaiah Jangam, Department of History, Wagner College, Staten Island, USA, Journal of Visual Anthropology
“This issue of failed representation is reminiscent of Spivak’s influential essay, “Can the Subaltern Speak” Spivak argues that discursive attempts to speak for the subaltern often benefit the causes and interests of the supposed advocate, while reinforcing the subjectivity of the subaltern figure (Spivak 1985: 120-130)." (more...) Rajiv Kanan Menon, UNHEARD SCREAMS AND SILENT ACCEPTANCE: MODERN INDIAN CINEMATIC REPRESENTATIONS OF SUBALTERN WOMEN, in Widescreen Journal, Vol 1, No 1 (2009)