"The focus of The Travelling Tent Cinemas of Maharashtra, an exhibition of photographs that took place at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library as part of the recent Humanities in Ferment conference, is predominantly the audience. The photos literally take members of the audience out of the darkness of the hall, or shall we say tent, and shows them in their various moods, locked in the gaze of cinema.
The impulse to document the travelling cinemas was borne out of their absence in any form of mainstream records, say Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham, photographers and researchers based in Mumbai who have been travelling with the cinemas for about four years now. “When we saw the cinemas, we were intrigued by it and curious to see the literature on them. They have not been written about in mainstream history, apart from being treated as a unit of distribution...”
Photograph by Amit Madheshya | The full series is available at http://amitmadheshiya.photoshelter.com/
Article by Budhaditya Bhattacharya | The Hindu
See also this 2011 article on the same subject