National Film Archives shuts shop in Bangalore

National Film Archives shuts shop in Bangalore

Informed sources told Deccan Herald, that the decision was taken at a work unit measurement meeting held in Pune headquarters recently.

Incidentally, NFAI, Bangalore was virtually headless without a regional officer for the past 14 years. A similar fate has also befallen on Kolkata NFAI. While Kolkata can boast of Satyajit Ray Institute, Bangalore, is starved of any such institution of repute, sources added.

With the proposed move not only the handful of staff currently on rolls must move to Pune, even precious archival and reference material, including films will be deprived for Bangaloreans, specially those pursuing film studies.

The NFAI, in existence in Bangalore since past 25 years, currently has over 150 films in 16 mm format and around 15 films in 35 mm format besides 8,000 film clippings, censor cuts, books, periodicals and film posters.

The National Film Archives of India, which used to screen films from the golden past, both national and international at Badami House as part of Film Circle screenings, and had regular attendees, stopped the activity much to the dismay of cinema lovers.  The NFAI was conducting film appreciation course in Bangalore for local students and those keen on films as a subject of study.

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