The Panel

Dr Virinder Kalra

Virinder S Kalra teaches at the University of Manchester in the Sociology dept. and does research in the field of popular culture in the South Asian diaspora as well as religion in Punjab.

Dr Anandi Ramamurthy

Anandi Ramamurthy is a senior lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Central Lancashire. She is the author of Imperial Persuaders: Images of Africa and Asia in British Advertising (2003) and co-edited Visual Culture and Decolonisation in Britain (2006).

Dr Richard Osbourne

Richard Osborne was a research fellow on the project Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire. He is currently Programme Leader for the Popular Music degrees at Middlesex University.

Dr Yasmin Khan

Yasmin Khan is author of The Great Partition: the Making of India and Pakistan (2007) and is writing a history of Indians and the Second World War. She is a lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London.


Tajender Sagoo


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About Tajender Sagoo

In the ‘From the Archives’ series, as part of the Phoenix Cinema Centenary celebrations. On Sunday 19th February 2012, The Phoenix held a free screening at 2pm entitled ‘The Colonial Eye: British Empire images of the Punjab, India 1912 – 1947’.

Tajender Sagoo curated a series of short films produced during the British rule of India with a focus on the Punjab. The screening will bring together public information and travelogue films found in British public archives and rarely seen on the big screen.

The public information films selected are examples of state propaganda used to form public opinion, a practise still prevalent today in regions such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, even in this era of digital media. The travelogues selected are personal observations of places and people. Screened together they form a visual essay of Punjab as written by its rulers and administrators.

Curator Tajender Sagoo says “This screening is part of an on-going curatorial project on South Asia and Punjab that I started in 2008. Growing up in the UK, I have noticed how mythologies are created around Empire and Britain’s role within Empire, using propaganda films to transmit the idea of a civilising mission to the British and Indian masses. I hope that showing these films on the big screen will contribute to widening the debate on how British history is taught in schools.”

Films from the Colonial Eye

A CINEMATOGRAPHIC RECORD OF THE MAGNIFICENT & HISTORICAL CEREMONIES OF DECEMBER 12TH, 1911. (also known has the Delhi Durbar) 1912, 5 min, 35mm, BW, Silent, Gaumont Company GB (British Film Institute).

INDIAN EDITORS AT HYDE PARK HOTEL .1918, 4 min, 35mm, BW, Silent, Ministry of Information GB (Imperial War Museum).

VILLAGE LIFE, LAHORE, PUNJAB, INDIA (PAKISTAN). 1930’s, 17:55 min, BW, Silent, Unknown filmmaker, Davy Collection (The Centre of South Asian Studies).

LAHORE, PUNJAB, INDIA (PAKISTAN).1934, 9:34min, BW, Silent, Mr P.S.A. Berridge, Public Works Department, Berridge (The Centre of South Asian Studies).

INDIA MARCHES: A BRIEF LOOK AT AN INDIAN ARMY REGIMENT (15TH PUNJAB).1941 5 min, 35mm, BW, Sound, Ministry of India, India [GB] (Imperial War Museum).

INDIAN MOVIETONE NEWS NO 16.1943,18min, 35mm, BW, Silent, Department of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India. GB, India, (Imperial War Museum).

THE CONQUEST OF THE DRY LANDS. 1944, 9min, 35mm, Partial Sound, Information Films of India, Ministry of Information (Imperial War Museum).

INDIA/PAKISTAN. AUGUST - OCTOBER 1947. Original is 8mm, B&W. 16:38min BW, Film made by Major C. H. Williams of the 11th Sikh Regiment while in the Punjab Boundary Force. (The Centre of South Asian Studies).


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