"From the Mother India to an Urban Love Romance Heroin, Feminist Representation in Indian Films" Admission Free Date: 13:00-15:00 pm, 21st, March, 2015 Discussants: 1. Toshio Akai (Kobe Gakuin University Humanities Professor, the research project leader) 2. Rohini (actress, director, playback artist, lyricist) 3. Nithya Menen (actress, playback singer) Place: Room 301, Building B, Port Island Campus, Kobe Gakuin University (Max. 200 seats) Contact: Professor T. Akai () "From the Mother India to an Urban Love Romance Heroin, Feminist Representation in Indian Films" is a three-years JSPS Research Project (KAKENHI #26370191) that started in 2014. The purpose of the project is to probe the development of feminine images represented in male-icons-dominant Indian films, and to elucidate how the embodiment of the visual manifestation is accorded with the modernization of Indian society. This is studied by: 1. Monitoring how preceding studies determined the female icon of Indian womanhood as visual images of Mother India in early mythological films. 2. Analyzing textually how female characters are visually represented in such genres as patriotic, devotional, and urban love romance films. 3. Making interviews with female directors and actresses active in present Indian film industries. In order to publicize the research interim outcome, a symposium entitled Indian Cinema as Actresses See It is being held as shown below. Two eminent personalities of South Indian film industry, Rohini and Nithya Menen, will be present there to speak their own experience in the industry. Whosoever interested in Indian film study and Indian cinema in general is welcomed to the symposium. Discussants: 1. Toshio Akai (Kobe Gakuin University Humanities Professor, the research project leader) 2. Rohini (actress, director, playback artist, lyricist) 3. Nithya Menen (actress, playback singer) Date: 13:00-15:00 pm, 21st, March, 2015 Place: Room 301, Building B, Port Island Campus, Kobe Gakuin University (Max. 200 seats) Address: 1-1-3 Minatojima, Chuoku, Kobe, Hyogo 653-0862 Japan Copyright (C) 2015 Toshio Akai. All Rights Reserved.