Dhamu Pongiyannan

Dhamu Pongiyannan

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


Dhamu is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide (School of Humanities), part-time lecturer (Media Studies) and journalist (SBS Australia). He published a book, entitled ‘Film and Politics in India: Cinematic Charisma as a Gateway to Political Power’ through Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Switzerland. He is working on his next book on musicals.

Dhamu writes scripts for radio series and provides commentaries on socio-political events for SBS Australia. His 20-part radio series had been broadcast on SBS Australia (Tamil) from January to June 2016.

Dhamu holds a PhD in Media studies. His PhD thesis was recognised as the first comprehensive Western study on South India’s screen cultures, an area which produces over 60% of Indian films. He has worked as university tutor in Australia since 2010, with a further eight years of international experience as both a lecturer and as a professional journalist.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2017 Pongiyannan, D. (2017). Bala et le retour du néo-réalisme dans le cinéma tamoul. La Nouvelle Revue de l'Inde (L'Harmattan) - N° 12 - Spécial Tamil Nadu.
    2016 Pongiyannan, D., & Pugsley, P. (2016). Tamil talk shows: maintaining tradition in the new public sphere. Global Media and Communication, 12(2), 161-175.
    DOI Scopus1
    2016 Pugsley, P., McCann, B., & Pongiyannan, D. (2016). Rajinikanth and Brando: carnivalesque performances of two aging superstars. Studies in South Asian Film and Media, 8(1), 27-45.
    DOI
    2013 Pongiyannan, D. (2013). Between stillness and motion: Film, photography, algorithms [Book Review]. Media International Australia, (Issue 148), 174-175.
    2013 Pongiyannan, D. (2013). A new history of documentary film, 2nd edn [Book Review]. Media International Australia, 169-170.
    2012 Pongiyannan, D. (2012). Indian Media: Global Approaches [Book Review]. Media International Australia, (Issue 144), 165-166.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2016 Pongiyannan, D. (2016). Film Songs and Everyday Life: The Cultural Sociology of Tamil Lyrics. Switzerland: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
    2015 Pongiyannan, D. (2015). Film and Politics in India: Cinematic Charisma as a Gateway to Political Power. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Pongiyannan, D. (2018). The Crow’s Egg: The post-Y2K Tamil Indies and the Emergence of
    New Social Movements in Neoliberal Tamil Nadu. In S. Velayutham (Ed.), Millennial Tamil Cinema (working title).
  • Recorded/Rendered Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2017 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam: M.S.S. Pandian
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 29 January 2017
    Extent: 7.32
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: My latest programme on SBS Tamil. This new series, 'Thamil Thadam' is a posthumous tribute to the personalities that contributed to Tamil culture, language, film, music etc. In this programme, I have talked about the contributions of Professor MSS Pandian, a well-acclaimed scholar in subaltern studies.
    Record created at source: 16 March 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam: Bishop Robert Caldwell
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 26 February 2017
    Extent: 6.48
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: In this episode for SBS Australia (Tamil), I have presented Bishop Robert Caldwell (1814 – 1891), a Scottish Presbyterian minister, who visited Tamil Nadu at the age of 24. He stayed in Tamil Nadu until his death (77), calling TN his home. Acclaimed for his contributions to Tamil linguistics, history, and social anthropology, he maintained that Tamils are the Indigenous people of the Indian subcontinent.
    Record created at source: 16 March 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Is Australia running out of power?
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/tamil/en/content/australia-running-out-power
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 19 March 2017
    Extent: 12.06
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: As Australia is facing an intense energy crisis, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has proposed a $ 2 billion scheme to expand Snowy River hydro project. Earlier, the South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, announced a $500 million energy project involving the world's biggest battery storage in the state to avoid the future blackouts in the state. Dhamu Pongiyannan (the University of Adelaide) speaks to the eminent energy advocate Mark Henley (Uniting Communities) to examine the reasons for the present energy crisis in Australia.
    Record created at source: 19 March 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published online
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam: Qaide Millat Muhammad Ismail
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 26 March 2017
    Extent: 8:54
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: My contribution to SBS Tamil’s monthly feature, entitled ‘Thamil Thadam’. In this segment, I have talked about, Quaid-e-Millat Muhammad Ismail. He was a contemporary of Gandhi and Nehru, and was hailed for his progressive views on many controversial issues such as Indo-Pak partition, women’s education and press freedom.
    Record created at source: 4 April 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published online
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam: Noboru Karashima
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 23 April 2017
    Extent: 6:12
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Noboru Karashima (1933 - 2015) was a Japanese historian and writer. He was a prominent scholar in Asia. His research interests were South Indian and South Asian histories.
    Record created at source: 1 August 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published online
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam: Francis Whyte Ellis
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 28 May 2017
    Extent: 4:45
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Francis Whyte Ellis (1777-1819), an English Civil Servant in the British East India Company, is hailed as the inspiration behind the 19th century Tamil renaissance. Having mastered both Tamil and Sanskrit, he was perhaps the first Oriental scholar to argue that the South Indian languages are not genetically related to Sanskrit through his thesis on the Dravidian Proof, a step by step attempt to establish non-Sanskrit origins of the South Indian languages. Dr Dhamu Pongiyannan, the University of Adelaide, presents this weeks Thamil Thadam.
    Record created at source: 1 August 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published online
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam: Ma.Po.Si.
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 25 June 2017
    Extent: 5:25
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Mylapore Ponnuswamy Sivagnanam (1906 - 1995), popularly known as Ma.Po.Si., was a self-taught Tamil scholar, who wrote over 140 books in Tamil. Having born in a poor and low-caste Tamil family, Ma.Po.Si was unable to complete his primary education due to poverty. Although Ma.Po.Si was admired for his pro-nationalist views, he also advocated an integrated Tamil land stretching from Thiruvengadam (Tirupati) to Eelam (Sri Lanka). Dr Dhamu Pongiyannan (the University of Adelaide) presents this weeks Thamil Thadam on this multifaceted and controversial Tamil leader.
    Record created at source: 1 August 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published online
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam: M C Rajah
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 23 July 2017
    Extent: 5:53
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Forgotten Hero : Mylai Chinna Thambi Pillai Rajah (1883 - 1943) was a Tamil politician, social and political activist, who was a contemporary of BR Ambedkar. He was one of the founder-members of the South Indian Liberal Federation (Justice Party) and was the first member of the Dalit (untouchable caste) community to be elected to the Madras Legislative Council in 1920. Along with Ambedkar and Rettamalai Srinivasan, he represented the Dalits at the Second Round Table Conference in London in 1931. He has written numerous Tamil rhymes, which are still popular among Tamil children and adults.
    Record created at source: 1 August 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published online
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Neelambikai Ammaiyar: A Champion of Tamil Nationalism
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 27 August 2017
    Extent: 4:55 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Having mastered many Indian languages and English, Neelambikai Ammaiyar (1903 – 1945) wrote several books in Tamil, including the biographies of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Arguing that Tamil society is fundamentally matriarchal, she emphasised that Sanskrit and Hindi represent the Brahminic-patriarchal hegemony. She advocated that Western education is essential to the liberation of Tamil women from Hindu-Hindi patriarchy. With her Tani Tamizh Iyakkam (Independent Tamil Movement), she promoted Tamil nationalism and expressed a strong belief that modern Tamil women should emulate the female poets of the Sangam era such as Auvaiyar, Kakkai Pattiniyar, Ponmudiyar, Vellividiyar and others.
    Record created at source: 29 August 2017
    2017 NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Perunchithiranar – The Father of Tamil Nationalism
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 24 September 2017
    Extent: 5:06 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Perunchithiranar (1933 - 1995), one of the most prolific Tamil writers of the 20th century, had produced nearly 40 publications in Tamil. As a highly-respected scholar, poet, journalist and social activist, he promoted the eradication of religious superstition among Tamils. While opposing the cultural hegemony of Aryan-Brahmins and the imposition of Hindi language, he relentlessly advocated for the independence of Tamil Nadu from India. He was sent to jail several times for his uncompromising views on Tamil Nationalism.
    Record created at source: 6 October 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam:S.P. Adithan (1905 – 1981)
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: https://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 23 October 2017
    Extent: 6:13min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Si. Balasubramania Adithan, popularly known as Si. Pa. Adithanar, is a pioneer in the postcolonial South Asian journalism. He went to Middle Temple in London to study Law and he became a barrister in 1933.
    Inspired by the British tabloid, The Daily Mirror, he started a similar newspaper in Tamil, namely Daily Thanthi. With the introduction of colloquial Tamil and innovative ideas, he revolutionised the trajectory of Indian journalism in general and Tamil journalism in particular. As a Tamil Nationalist, Si.Pa. Adithanar advocated for Greater Tamil Nation, incorporating Tamil-speaking regions in India and Sri Lanka. Inspired by the Irish Political Party, Sinn Féin, he founded the We Tamils Party in Tamil Nadu in 1958. Demanding secession of Tamil Nadu from India, he organised massive protests where he burnt the maps of India (sans Tamil Nadu) in 1960.
    Record created at source: 29 November 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Thamil Thadam: R.P. Sethu Pillai
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: https://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 26 November 2017
    Extent: 4:18 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Celebrated as Sollin Selvar (Word Connoisseur), R.P. Sethu Pillai (1896 – 1961) was the first Tamil to receive the Sahithya Academy Award (1955) from the Indian government. He was one of the highly respected Tamil scholars, who headed the Department of Tamil for over 25 years at the University of Madras, an epicentre of Tamil activists during those days. His illustrious publication record includes a number of books, essays and articles in both Tamil and English. Among his notable works is his biography of Bishop Robert Caldwell (1841 – 1891), who academically established the Dravidian family of languages.
    Record created at source: 29 November 2017
    2017 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: World’s biggest battery in South Australia
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: https://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 29 November 2017
    Extent: 12:08
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Jamestown in South Australia is set to become home to the world’s biggest battery. Underscoring South Australia’s commitment to renewable energy, the 100 megawatt (MW)/129 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery being built by Elon Musk’s Tesla is expected to become operational from 1 December 2017. The role of the battery is to provide some stored electricity into the grid ensuring an uninterrupted power supply to the state. Heralded as a historic milestone, battery storage is only part of the long-term solution in securing affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
    Record created at source: 29 November 2017
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: “கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு”
    Alternative title: Film and Politics in Tamil Nadu (An Interview with Dr Dhamu Pongiyannan)
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia (Tamil)
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 24 January 2016
    Location: Australia
    Extent: 14:11 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Abstract: Dr Pongiyannan spoke to Raysel on the salient findings of the research. He explains that all five of the Chief Ministers since 1967 have been former actors In the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This provocative book debunks the notion of Bollywood as the synecdoche of Indian cinema to explore the hitherto less studied, yet highly influential cinema in South Asia. Developing the concept of the politics of sentiment, the author examines the ways in which actor-politicians constructed their cinematic charisma, projecting themselves as messiahs saving the people from injustices, to create a political appeal to voters. The resilience of cinematic charisma, as Indian society undergoes massive socio-economic changes, provides a compelling study of modern politics, cinema, celebrity and the culture of the subcontinent.
    Language: ta
    Record created at source: 14 February 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - எம்ஜியார் பகுதி 1 of 3
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - MGR Part 1 of 3
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 27 January 2016
    Extent: 10:14 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - எம்ஜியார் பகுதி 2 of 3
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - MGR Part 2 of 3
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 3 February 2016
    Extent: 7:53 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - சரத்குமார் – பகுதி 4 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Sarathkumar Part 4 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 15 June 2016
    Extent: 7:39 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 16 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Australian Federal Election 2016: South Australia
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 3 July 2016
    Extent: 5:04 min
    Record created at source: 4 August 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: “Kabali” – A review
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/tamil/en/content/kabali-review
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 24 July 2016
    Extent: 8:19 min
    Record created at source: 4 August 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Modern meditation and its controversy!
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 21 August 2016
    Extent: 14:55min
    Record created at source: 23 August 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - எம்ஜியார் பகுதி (3 of 3)
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - MGR Part 3 of 3
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 10 February 2016
    Location: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - MGR Part 3 of 3
    Extent: 10:33 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - ஜெயலலிதா பகுதி 1 of 3
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Jayalalitha Part 1 of 3
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 17 February 2016
    Extent: 11:27 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - ஜெயலலிதா பகுதி 2 of 3
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Jayalalitha Part 2 of 3
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 24 February 2016
    Extent: 12:35 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு – ஜெயலலிதா பகுதி 3 of 3
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Jayalalitha Part 3 of 3
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 2 March 2016
    Extent: 10:03 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - ரஜினிகாந்த் – பகுதி 1 of 4
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Rajinikanth Part 1 of 4
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 9 March 2016
    Extent: 10:06 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - ரஜினிகாந்த் – பகுதி 2 of 4
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Rajinikanth Part 2 of 4
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 23 March 2016
    Extent: 11:54 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - ரஜினிகாந்த் – பகுதி 3 of 4
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Rajinikanth Part 3 of 4
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 30 March 2016
    Extent: 11:52 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - ரஜினிகாந்த் – பகுதி 4 of 4
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Rajinikanth Part 4 of 4
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 6 April 2016
    Extent: 6:53 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - விஜயகாந்த் – பகுதி 1 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Vijayakanth Part 1 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 13 April 2016
    Extent: 10:15 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - விஜயகாந்த் – பகுதி 2 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Vijayakanth Part 2 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 20 April 2016
    Extent: 9:49 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - விஜயகாந்த் – பகுதி 3 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Vijayakanth Part 3 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 4 May 2016
    Extent: 10:26 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - விஜயகாந்த் – பகுதி 4 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Vijayakanth Part 4 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 11 May 2016
    Extent: 9:28 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - விஜயகாந்த் – பகுதி 5 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Vijayakanth Part 5 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 18 May 2016
    Extent: 10:06 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - சரத்குமார் – பகுதி 1 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Sarathkumar Part 1 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 25 May 2016
    Extent: 8:15 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - சரத்குமார் – பகுதி 2 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Sarathkumar Part 2 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 1 June 2016
    Extent: 9:32 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: கொட்டகையிலிருந்து கோட்டைக்கு - சரத்குமார் – பகுதி 3 of 5
    Alternative title: From Film Theatre to Fort St. George - Sarathkumar Part 3 of 5
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 8 June 2016
    Extent: 6:52 min
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: .
    Record created at source: 13 June 2016
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Flooding Causes Havoc in South Australia
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 30 September 2016
    Extent: 5.43
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: South Australia has been battered by strong winds, wild weather and a state-wide blackout - and now a downpour has prompted floodwaters to rise, forcing people to flee. Dr Dhamu Pongiyannan, our correspondent in South Australia, explains.
    Record created at source: 16 March 2017
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: The legacy of Jeyalalitha
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 9 December 2016
    Extent: 6.18
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: My interview to SBS (Tamil) on the premature death of Jayalalitha, aged 68. She is perhaps the most colourful and controversial actor-politician in the postcolonial India. International media such as BBC, CNN and The Wall Street Journal covered her death widely recognising her political influence in the subcontinent.
    Record created at source: 16 March 2017
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: 'Amma': From Film Theatre to Political Power-P 01
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 12 December 2016
    Extent: 14.14
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: SBS broadcast my radio series (three parts) following the premature death of Tamil actor-politician Jayalalitha. She was perhaps the most colourful and controversial politician in the subcontinent.
    Record created at source: 16 March 2017
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: 'Amma': From Film Theatre to Political Power- P 02
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 19 December 2016
    Extent: 11.46
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Part Two of my radio series on Jaya, following her premature death.
    Record created at source: 16 March 2017
    2016 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: 'Amma': From Film Theatre to Political Power- P 03
    Authors: Pongiyannan D
    Publisher: SBS Australia
    Publisher URL: http://www.sbs.com.au/
    Place of publication: Sydney, Australia
    Publication date: 26 December 2016
    Extent: 15.59
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Part Three of my radio series on Tamil actor-politician Jayalalitha. The three part series was well-received by the SBS Tamil listeners across the world with over two thousand 'following' on its social media page.
    Record created at source: 16 March 2017

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