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Monuments, Landscapes and Romance in Indian Popular Imagery

Resisting the privacy of the couple

Kajri Jain

This visual essay looks at one aspect of the representation of monuments in Indian popular images (particularly calendar art): their use as a backdrop for romantic couples. It explores how such images draw on several different kinds of pictorial practice and frames of viewing: colonial representations of monuments and landscapes, the backgrounds in depictions of deities, and the treatment of the conjugal couple in Bombay commercial cinema.

Challenging the colonial world-as-picture

Relocating the gods

Resisting the privacy of the couple

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