Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Although we were informed that the labourers took little interest in, games and pastimes, a number of attempts have been made to provide both recreation and entertainment. In certain gardens football teams have been organised, whilst in others such entertainments as adult sports and tribal dances have been successfully arranged. We would urge the desirability of garden managers assisting in the organisation of such efforts, and advocate the setting apart of playing fields for general recreational purposes. In one group of gardens in the Surma Valley, the managers have engaged the services of a touring cinema company during the cold weather for the entertainment of their labourers. In another garden in Assam which we visited, the manager is a skilled cinema operator and the periodical cinema entertainments given by him are immensely appreciated by large audiences. The lantern slide and the cinema film are means both of education and amusement which might be much more widely used than at present in every plantation area, where the labourers are often more isolated than in their own villages. Initial difficulties might be experienced in obtaining material to suit the understanding of illiterate audiences, but once the demand was made known, specialists in this class of material (who already exist) would doubtless make every effort to meet it, and in time circulating libraries of suitable slides and films could be built up.