chapter  7
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Encountering a new art: Writers’ response to cinema in Tamil Nadu

When cinema appeared at the beginning of the twentieth century as a new

entertainment form in south India, print media was already flourishing. The

nationalist movement had triggered an upsurge in journalism, both in Eng-

lish and Tamil. Dailies, magazines and fictional literature had built up a

regular readership. Articles, serials and short stories were a popular com-

ponent of magazines and there was an active publishing industry producing

books including novels. Along with the print media, electricity and tele-

phones were coming into use. The beginning of movies thus coincided with a period of momentous changes, politically and otherwise.