Bombay - Mosaic of Modern Culture

Bombay - Mosaic of Modern Culture

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Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): Sujata Patel / Alice Thorner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 235
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195640853


This book focuses on Bombay's cultural life, the essence of which is constituted by its openness to ideas from all directions. The essays in this volume deal with such varied aspects as Indian-English writers of and around Bombay, imperial and cosmopolitan architecture, and the creation of an all-India film industry.

Bombay, home of the nine muses. Centre of experimentation and innovation in every sphere of culture. Market for cultural products…This book focuses on Bombay’s cultural life, the essence of which is constituted by its openness to ideas from all directions, its prime function as a place of exchange. Containing several poems, photographs, paintings, and film stills concerning Bombay, this volume is indispensable reading for all those interested in the city.


A poignant and moving statement on what constitutes the reality that is Bombay today.
-The Telegraph

Has ample ammunition for those who profess faith in the multicultural character of Bombay. Compulsory reading for citizens who want to know more about their city.
-Free Press Journal


Preface to the Paperback Edition


Bombay: Diversity and Exchange


British Bombay and Marathi Mumbai: Some Nineteenth Century Perceptions

Migration and Urban Identity: Bombay’s Famine Refugees in the Nineteenth Century


The Seed Period of Bombay’s Intellectual Life: 1822-1857

Bombay as the Intellectual Capital of the Gujaratis

Gujarati Cultural Revivalism

Polyphonous Voices in the City: Bombay’s Indian-English Fiction

Bombay in Dalit Literature

Poetry and the City

An Architectural Hybrid

From Jamshetjee Jeejeebhoy to the Progressive Painters

Rich Theatre, Poor Theatre

Films from the City of Dreams

Contributors to this Volume

Other Participants in the Workshop


Plates between pages 178-179