An obscure archive: Hindi-Urdu Periodicals from late colonial India, 1900-1950 (EAP1435)

Aims and objectives

It is an effort to save pioneering rare journals, newspapers and film booklets in Hindi and Urdu and make these visible and available for research to a global community interested in histories of Hindi and Urdu public spheres. Chand and Bhavishya, frequently proscribed by the colonial government, were radical magazines with freedom, gender and caste equality as their agenda.  Sadaqat was a Congress Kanpur-based nationalist newspaper in Urdu. Rangbhumi was a film magazine. Sangeet from Hathras was a leading if niche journal on pedagogical and reformist discourse on music traditional, performed and mechanically reproduced and broadcast on gramophone  and radio.