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26.02.2013

Imagine if you had a Google exclusively for Hindi movies – we have. Such a service would have helped us one hot summer many years ago when we were trying to finish a paper on Indian cinema. There was a link between Kurosawa and the early Guru Dutt films, and we were desperate to establish it. Neville Tuli and his merry band must have heard our incessant mutterings as we searched for material, and here they are with an answer.

 In the works for almost two decades (yikes!) Osianama hopes to provide free access to in-depth information on 'the last 300 years of India's art, culture and cinema'.

A Private Screaming

Neville Tuli and Osianama Learning Experience (OLE) are launching an education project called The Osianama, which aims to be the world’s largest archive on Indian and Asian cinema. In the works for almost two decades (yikes!) Osianama hopes to provide free access to in-depth information on 'the last 300 years of India's art, culture and cinema'. The second part of the project — dates to be announced - will include a museum and almost hundred books on various themes and personalities of Indian cinema.

Back to School

The Osianama will launch this March, and from what we hear, this portal will not only be boss in terms of solid facts, there will be plenty of opportunity to formulate interesting cross linkages. The site will include more than 25,000 original print advertisements, song synopsis booklets and rare novel covers, as well as photography from the 1840s, masks, posters and lithographs plus daily updates. Too bad we can’t redo that paper.

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