Political and Cultural History of Contemporary India Lec 01, UCLA Upper-Division Undergraduate Lecture Course, 18 May 2009 [Spring 2009 course]. Some concluding reflections on women in India; opening part of lecture on popular Indian cinema. Different forms of culture: classical; mass; popular; and folk. Especially important is the distinction between mass and popular culture. Brief sketch of the history of Hindi-language cinema and its 'genres'; the mythological; "Jai Santoshi Maa"; the culture of popular cinema, the cinema-going experience; the film "Lagaan"; music of the Hindi film and its grounding in classical Hindustani music.