Stressing the need to nurture Kannada cinema

Raising questions

The seminar was held to find answers to key questions such as the potential of Kannada cinema and how the industry should modify to respond to new market opportunities.
The inaugural session was chaired by Basavaraju, Secretary for Kannada and Culture and Information. Manu Baligar, Commissioner, Kannada and Culture Department was the chief guest.

T S Nagabharana, chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, gave a brief introduction on the topic.

Chiranjiv Singh, retired IAS officer, delivered the keynote address, which comprised various aspects related to cinema. He made an interesting observation on the condition of Kannada industry.

“Technology in Kannada cinema is far behind that of other industries. In the last few years, animation and adaptations have been doing well in world cinema. It is high time that the Kannada industry thought about adapting new trends,” he said.

He remembered legends in the Kannada industry like Rajkumar and Puttanna Kanagal who made tremendous contributions to the industry.

“Violence, crime and sex have become ruling elements in Kannada films. Movies based on novels and historical incidents should be made in large numbers,” he added.

Basavaraju informed that Karnataka government has sanctioned 300 acres of land near Hesarghatta to construct a film city which may help in the development of the industry.

The first session of the programme began with the topic, ‘Why is Kannada cinema bereft of markets in non-Kannada regions and foreign countries?’ Jayamala, former president of KFCC and Purushottam Chikkatur, former distributor in the US, presented their views.

Jayamala said the internal markets should be strengthened first before venturing into other markets. “The problem lies with the kind of films we are making. Directors are failing to portray Kannada culture and tradition in films. There is also a lack of coordination between producers, distributors and film-makers,” she observed.

In the second session, V H Suresh, secretary of KFCC, presented a seminar on the topic, ‘Promoting and nurturing Kannada cinema at the global level’.  The last session was presented by N Vidyashankar, secretary of Suchitra Film Society and Cha Ha Raghunath, a film critic on the topic, ‘What is ‘Kannada’ about Kannada Cinema?’  The event received good response from the people in the industry and communication students.

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