For about seven decades now, traveling tent cinema companies accompany Jatras- annual religious fairs which begin in rural Maharashtra, western India after the crop gathering season ends. Traveling with these fairs, not very far from the cinema capital of India- Mumbai, the tent talkies hawk an eclectic mix of films- regional language films, Bollywood blockbusters and even dubbed Hollywood flicks as they travel across the rural landscape.
Amit Madheshiya is a graduate in English Literature from Hindu College, New Delhi, India. He works as an independent photographer based in Mumbai.
For his work on the traveling tent cinemas of India he has received Arts Research Grant from India Foundation for the Arts (2008), a fellowship from the Cluster of Excellence at Heidelberg University (2009) and the Goethe-Institute 50 Year Anniversary Grant (2010). This work won the World Press Photo (2011), Sony World Photography Award (2011 and 2009), and the Humanity Photo Awards ( 2009).