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Dogs have had a long presence in Indian history. 

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

Most dog breeds are named after the community that takes care of them or the region that they are found in. 

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

Environment and wildlife and cinema, subjects in which I have been writing books and articles for the past 40 years, are new subjects for Tamil [language]. So writing on such subjects is challenging

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

I realised that if the environmental movement had to become a people’s movement, the concepts and ideas related to it had to be written in Tamil.

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

By the late seventies Shakespeare disappeared from Tamil cinema, along with the long monologues and the melodrama.

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

Early Tamil talkies were all mythology-based. However, some filmmakers did look for new stories. 

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

Tamil cinema is rooted in the soil

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

I would like to describe myself as a Film Historian.

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

The interaction between cinema and politics started during the silent era itself.  It was one dimensions of the freedom struggle.  It gained momentum during the 1930s following the Civil Disobedience movement. 

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran

Terracotta figures at the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple and Srirangam temple were changed. Bathroom tiles were used in many temples and Dargas in Tamil Nadu. The ancient character is thus being lost.

Kombai Anwar

We can learn the Koran in our mother tongue, whatever it may be. Brethren from the same community were asking the question as if the Tamil Muslim was an alien. My roots are here, my parents and their parents are here. But we are not accepted. What then is my status?

Kombai Anwar

Identity crisis is something happening everywhere, most of the conflicts born out of the desperate attempt at assertion.

Kombai Anwar

In the film I kind of connect the present day excavations with the ancient mosques. 

Kombai Anwar

There is a preconceived notion that mosques always had domes and arches. But mosques were also built in the Dravidian style in Tamil Nadu

Kombai Anwar

While growing up in India you are confronted with your Muslim identity.

Kombai Anwar

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