Kasaravalli, Seetharam to make films on 60 years of Soudha

Kasaravalli, Seetharam to make films on 60 years of Soudha
Preparations have begun for Vidhana Soudha’s diamond jubilee celebrations which houses the state secretariat and legislature.

As part of the grand celebrations, there are plans to produce two telefilms and present a lifetime achievement award to a politician.

Filmmakers Girish Kasaravalli and T N Seetharam have been requested to produce two telefilms, each of 45 minutes duration.

Kasaravalli would produce a telefilm on Vidhana Soudha, its history and the efforts that went into constructing the magnificent structure.

The task for Seetharam is to produce a film on the history of Karnataka legislature, according to Assembly Secretary S Murthy.

Murthy said the budget for the telefilms is yet to be decided. Kasaravalli said, “A preliminary meeting was conducted. I am yet to get a letter of intent from the government to produce the docudrama. The format has not been finalised. A lot of work would have to be done to make a film on a structure interesting.”

Murthy said the plan is to get the telefilms ready by June-July as an event to mark 60 years of Vidhana Soudha would be held by September.

Referring to the award to be instituted, the secretary said there are many senior politicians who have served Karnataka. One of them would be presented with the lifetime achievement award which would carry a cash prize. In addition, family members of political stalwarts such as Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Kadidal Manjappa and K C Reddy would be felicitated.

A committee comprising the chief minister, two leaders of the Opposition and two chairpersons of the legislature would make the selection for the award.

Murthy said that on October 10, 2016, Vidhana Soudha completed 60 years. The celebrations would have to be completed before the end of October this year.  The modernisation, including cleaning and painting of the building has been taken up by the Public Works Department, he added.

Assembly Speaker K B Koliwad said there are plans to invite the President to address the joint session of the legislature. “We are yet to work out the budget for the programmes. But funds would not be a constraint,” he added.

Asked whether mementoes would be presented to legislators on the occasion, Koliwad said, “We have not taken a final decision. But we are contemplating gifting iPads because the legislature secretariat is moving towards e-governance. May be at the next meeting, a lot of decisions would be taken,” he added.  The speaker said iPads were earlier gifted to legislators but that was long ago.

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