S. Theodore Baskaran
Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran was drawn to the study of History, his subject, as a student at Madras Christian College. After his Master’s Degree, he worked for a while at Tamil Nadu Archives and later entered the Indian Postal Service. He retired as the Chief Postmaster-General of
Tamil Nadu. He has written widely on archaeology, art history, cinema and also on conservation and wildlife.
His other book, The Eye of the Serpent: An Introduction to Tamil Cinema (East-West 1996) won the Swarna Kamal award from the President of India. He was Hughes Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan, 2001. Baskaran writes in Tamil also. For three years he was the Director of Roja Muthiah Research Library, Chennai where he documented source material on South Indian cinema.
Dr Christopher John Baker who has written the Introduction, is a reputed scholar in South Indian studies. He taught at Queens College, Cambridge. He is the author of The Politics of South India 1920-1937 and coauthor, with Dr David Washbrook, on South India; Political Institutions and Political Change 1880-1940.