The Rooted Imagination (1992) – Documentary


Shoma Chaudhury


India can boast of a rich literature in its regional languages. ‘Rooted Imagination’ is a reminder about these writers and their contribution to literature. The writers featured are U. R. Anathamoorthy who writes in Kannada, Mahashweta Devi in Bengali, M. T. Vasudevan Nair and O. V. Vijayan in Malayalam, Krishna Sobti and Nirmal Varma in Hindi. The film gives an account of their lives, their writings and their achievements. Their works are experimental in nature trying to expose social evils. Translations of this literature are happening increasingly, but much more needs to be done. The film addresses these issues while interviewing the author’s contemporary lives and concerns.

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