S. Theodore Baskaran

S. Theodore Baskaran
Native nameசுந்தரராஜ் தியடோர் பாஸ்கரன்  (Tamil)
Born1940 (age 76-77)
Dharapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm historian, Author, Civil Servant
Alma materMadras Christian College
Notable worksThe Message Bearers
The Eye of the Serpent
Notable awardsGolden Lotus (Best Book on Cinema) Award for The Eye of the Serpent
SpouseThilaka Baskaran


Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran (given birth to 1940) can be an Indian film historian and wildlife conservationist.

Early life and education

Theodore Baskaran was created in Dharapuram, Tamil Nadu in 1940. He finished his Intermediate at St.Johns University, Palayamkottai and obtained a BA (Hons) Level ever sold from Madras Christian University in 1960.


Baskaran worked seeing that Researcher in Tamil Nadu Condition Archives for just two years. He became a member of the Indian Postal Program in 1964 as Divisional Superintendent at Trichy. He offered as the "Particular Officer For Battle Initiatives" in Shillong through the Indo-Pakistani Battle of 1971. He required study keep in 1974 to analyze Tamil film background on the fellowship from Council of Historic Research. He ultimately retired as the principle Postmaster General of Tamil Nadu.Baskaran published his 1st content on film in 1972 about Chidananda Dasgupta's documentary The Dance of Shiva. Urged by his friend Charles A. Ryerson, he made a decision to perform study about Tamil Movie theater. He became a member of a Film Gratitude program in 1974. He joined up with the Advisory Table of Country wide Film Archives, Pune. In 1976 he became a member of the Calcutta Film Culture. The same yr, he offered his first study article entitled Film Censorship as a musical instrument of Politics Control in English India in the Indian Background Congress in the Aligarh. This and additional articles created the primary of his 1st publication The Message Bearers released in 1981. His second publication The Eye from the Serpent (1996) received the Golden Lotus (Greatest Book on Movie theater) Honor in 1997. He in addition has written many books and content articles on film background in Tamil. He was a Older Associate in Country wide Institute of Advanced Research, Bangalore. He offers lectured on movie theater in many colleges including Princeton University or college, The Australian Country wide University or college and the University or college of Chicago. In 2000, he received the Ki Va Ja reward awarded from the Kamban Kazhagam. He was a Hughes Going to Scholar in the University or college of Michigan in 2001 and trained a program on Film Research. He was a jury member in the 2003 Country wide Film Honours. During 1998–2001, he was the Movie director from the Roja Muthiah Analysis Library. He's a member from the library's Plank of Trustees. He in addition has acted within a supporting function in the 2010 Tamil film Aval Peyar Thamizharasi.Baskaran is an enthusiastic parrot watcher and a naturalist. He's a previous honorary wild lifestyle warden as well as the South India Representative of the International Primate Security League. He's a trustee of WWF-India. His assortment of essays on character and wild lifestyle conservation continues to be released as The Dance from the Sarus (Oxford School Press) in 1999. He edited a reserve of content on character entitled "The Sprint from the Dark Buck" ; Penguin (2009)

Personal life

He's married to Thilaka Baskaran and lives in Bangalore.


Books in English

The Message Bearers: The nationalist politics as well as the entertainment media in South India, 1880–1945, Chennai: Cre-A (1981). Second model by New Horizon Mass media.(2009) THE ATTENTION from the Serpent: An introduction to Tamil cinema, Chennai: East Western Books (1996) The Dance from the Sarus: Essays of the Wandering Naturalist, Oxford University Press (1999) History through the Lens – Perspectives in Southern Indian Cinema, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan (2009) Sivaji Ganesan: Profile of the Icon, Wisdom Tree, Delhi (2009) (ed.) The Sprint from the Dark Buck, Penguin (2010) The Reserve of Indian Canines, Aleph Book Business (2017)

Books in Tamil

(ed.) Mazhaikalamum Kuyilosaiyum, Kalachuvadu (2003) Em Thamizhar Seidha padam, Uyirmmai Padippagam (2004) (ed.) Chitthiram Pesuthadi, Kalachuvadu (2004) Tamil Cinemavin Mugangal, Kanmani Veliyeedu (2004) Innum Pirakkadha Thalaimuraikkaga,Uyirmmai Padippagam (2006) Thamarai Pootha Thadagam,Uyirmmai Padippagam (2005) (trans.) Kaanurai Vengai (Just how from the Tiger by K. Ullas Karanth), Kalachuvadu (2006) Vaanil Parakkum Pullelam, Uyirmmai Padippagam (2012) Soppana Vaazhvil Magizhndhe, Kalachuvadu (2014)


^ "Interview with Theodore Baskaran". Kalachuvadu Publication. May 2007.   ^ "Verse and flexibility". The Hindu. 20 Dec 2003.   ^ Muthukumaraswamy, p. 314-5 ^ "An archive for Tamil research". Frontline Mag. 19 August 2000.   ^ Roja Muthiah Analysis Library Annual Survey (2008-09) ^ Bhaskaran, Gautaman (2010-03-11). "Review: Aval Peyar Tamilarasi". Hindustan Moments. Retrieved 2017-05-10.