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    It promises to be a one-stop, mammoth database on Indian and world art, cinema and culture with the launch of Theosianama.com in the capital on Tuesday.

    Part of the knowledge-based education project called the Osianama Learning Experience (OLE), Theosianama.com aims to go live by March this year. It intends to be the world's largest archive and search engine on Indian and world cinema and the arts. "It's a compilation of our work of the past 20 years. All the objects you see on the site have passed though our hands. The information provided is authentic and perfect," said Neville Tuli of Osian's Cinefan.

    The database includes information on Hindi films, sale and auction in the field of art over the last 25 years; photography from 1840s from architectural to print, calendar art, masks, rare novel covers, print making, advertisements, lobby cards, posters and lithographs. "We've done a key integration of fine arts for the first time," said Tuli.

    The site is free to access and offers daily updates.

    To be released over four phases, the content provider for Indian and Asian arts, culture and world cinema unveiled its first look comprising of nine categories. These include antiquities, fine arts, books, cinema, craft, economic data, cultural events, print data and photography.

    While the first phase will focus primarily on Hindi and Bombay cinema and the history of Modern Indian and contemporary fine arts, the second phase will deal with the architectural heritage of India.

    There's also a large collection of Hollywood memorabilia. These range from the great lobby cards of the early decades of Hollywood from the Leonard Schrader Collection and an expansive collection on world cinema with focus on classic Polish and Japanese poster designs.

    "As a country we are insensitive and disrespectful to the plethora of visual image. There's lack of respect for our history because of the fundamental ability to abuse history, which has led to its distortion. That needs to be fixed," said Tuli.

 

 

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