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Bipolar IdentityRegion, Nation and the Kannada Language Film$
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M.K. Raghavendra

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198071587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071587.001.0001

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(p.161) Conclusion
Bipolar Identity

M.K. Raghavendra

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests that linguistic reorganization was unsuccessful in creating a single Kannada nation out of the different Kannada-speaking areas brought together. The vestiges of Mysore still appear to dominate the ‘Kannada community’ and the asymmetry in the constitution of the ‘Kannada identity’ was perhaps accentuated by Bangalore being made the capital of the Kannada state instead of a more appropriate city — like Davanagere or Hubli — which was more centrally located in the Kannada-speaking territory. Despite the discouraging situation with regard to the strength of the region in the local consciousness, the regional identity still resists subsumption by the nation. If such resistance had not been offered, Kannada cinema, like Hindi cinema, might perhaps have been celebrating wealth and consumption-based lifestyles instead of dealing with those living on the margins as it has been doing in the past few years.

Keywords:   Kannada films, Mysore, Bangalore, Kannada identity, regional identity, linguistic reorganization

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