This is the official website of Dr. Sharmistha Gooptu. Dr. Gooptu completed her Ph.D on Bengali cinema in 2009 at the University of Chicago. Her book Bengali Cinema: An Other Nation was published by Routledge (London and New York) and Roli Books in 2010. She is a founding editor of the Routledge journal South Asian History and Culture and the South Asian History and Culture books series. She is also a founding trustee of the South Asia Research Foundation and editor of the South Asia Archive, the largest digital repository of South Asian historical material created jointly by the South Asia Research Foundation and Routledge.

Preserving a Legacy

Sharmistha Gooptu has a large collection of memorabilia on Indian cinema dating back to the silent era and covering the entire history of this cinema. Her collection includes rare books, journals, souvenirs, artefacts, posters, booklets and other memorabilia.

South Asia Archive
Dr. Gooptu, as Principal Trustee of the South Asia Research Foundation has helped curate the recently launched South Asia Archive (alongwith Dr. Boria Majumdar). The single largest digital repository of historical material on South Asia, the archive, a collaboration between the Taylor and Francis Group and the South Asia Research Foundation, has already received praise from some of the leading scholars working on South Asia related subjects. The Times Higher Education Supplement has called it a treasure for scholars working on the area.

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Some movie posters from Dr.Gooptu's personal collection.

About Sharmistha

Sharmistha Gooptu completed her B.A. in History from Presidency College, Calcutta and her M.A. from Calcutta University in 2000. She was awarded the Century Fellowship in 2002 at the University of Chicago to do a Ph.D. on the history of Bengali cinema. She completed her doctorate in 2009 and the thesis was published by Routledge in London and New York as the monograph Bengali Cinema: An Other Nation, and in India by Roli Books in 2010.

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