Event Report - Suvarna 24x7

posted Oct 26, 2012, 9:57 PM by Unknown user

by2coffee short film festival - 2011

Kannada Prabha 23 Jan 2012

posted Jan 24, 2012, 6:23 AM by Unknown user

A memorable festival

posted Jan 24, 2012, 5:17 AM by Info B2C

Answering to several questions from enthusiastic film makers Padmashri Girish Kasaravalli said, “There is neither a formula nor can anyone predict the success of a film. A directors thirst for new subjects, to present an idea in a refreshing way is essential to make a good movie. A film maker should not portray a topic in a conclusive manner, but should present it such that it kindles a thought process in his audience. A good film is one that poses questions, not that which offers solution.” He was speaking at the by2coffeefilms Short Film Festival organized by by2coffee films in association with KV Subbanna Aptha Samooha. Explaining the difference between feature films, documentaries and short films he said to a rapt audience, short films are not be confused as a miniature versions of full length feature films. Short films have their own frame needing to be handled in a more artistic fashion.


Prof Mano Chakravarthy said like any art form Short films needed a meditative approach and it was not necessary that it is compulsory to convey a message through one’s film. Though a message can be an offshoot of a film. It is upon youngsters to look around and find matter for their short films from the current affairs, daily lives and the world events. A film maker should be sensitive to his surrounding to dig thoughts and ideas from. It does not need a 3 hour movie with scenes of sufferings and ultra nationalism to convey the plight of Kashmirs and their women in particular. He said “Khwab”, the short film that won the best Film was sensitive, effortless and effective in conveying the Kashmir issue. Except for the muttering prayer words, this film had no dialogues and the sound of the wind was effectively utilized to narrate the story. Such should be the efforts from a film maker in constructing and presenting a story. This film received much appreciation for its use of light, sound, cinematography, images and direction.


Briefing the audience about the selection process for picking the winners and the Top 20 short films, the Jury Prof Mano Chakravarthy and Shri AN Mukund said, they laid more importance on films that dealt with fresh topics, new thought processes or a different narrative method. They also looked for the potential in these film makers to shoot a full length feature film, their ability to make use of techniques, sound and light. They added that watching all the entries was an enriching experience for them. A film like ‘Ramasamy’ which portrayed the oppression and mental pressure experienced in the corporate sector was a very effective way of storytelling, though the film makers till then thought their film had no technique or conveyed any message.


The format of the event where some of the Top 20 Short films were screened followed by discussion was appreciated by the participants. They were also happy with the organizers close contacts, timely updates and attention to minute details in inviting/ guiding and organizing the event. The organizer By2coffee films is a bunch of creative techies with a passion to make short films. For the past 2 years they’ve been involved in making Short films with socially relevant messages. The organizers were a relaxed lot to have realized one of their best cherished dreams of conducting a Short film festival and having succeeded in their first effort with support from Shri Girish Kasaravalli, the jury andKv Subbanna Aptha Samooha.

Short Film Festival - First Step

posted Jan 24, 2012, 4:47 AM by Info B2C

Danone Food and Beverages India Pvt Ltd

posted Jan 15, 2012, 10:00 PM by Unknown user

INDIA: Danone extends presence through Bangalore launch

INDIA: Danone extends presence through Bangalore launch

By: Petah Marian | 7 July 2011

Danone has extended its range into Bangalore

Danone has extended its range into Bangalore

Danone has revealed plans to extend its presence in India with the roll out of yoghurts into the city of Bangalore.

The Danone-branded yoghurts, already on sale in Mumbai and Hyderabad, are now on sale in Bangalore.

The French group has also launched its range of Danette smoothies into the city after they were introduced in Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Danone said its fresh dairy products on sale in Indian have been developed to meet the needs of local consumers and are fortified with Nutri4Plus, which contains iron, iodine, zinc and vitamin A.

The Danone yoghurt line includes strawberry, mango and vanilla flavours and a plain, local-style yoghurt called dahi. The Danette smoothie range comprises chocolate and vanilla products.

The Danone yoghurts will be sold for INR15 for a 100g pack, while the dahi will be priced between INR16-35. The Danette range is available at INR20 for a 200ml tetra pak.

Source: Just


posted Jan 15, 2012, 8:11 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 15, 2012, 8:23 PM ]

Prof. N Manu Chakravarthy

posted Jan 9, 2012, 12:45 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 10, 2012, 2:52 AM ]

N Manu Chakravarthy is a professor of English at NMKRV College, Bengaluru. His interest in reviewing films makes him a film theorist too. He is a distinguished critic who has made valuable contribution to literary and cultural criticism in English and Kannada. He has written extensively on literature, music, feminism, politics and cinema. He has authored insightful articles on the various facets of Indian Cinema, Iranian Cinema and the preoccupations and creative impulse s and creative impulse of an eminent director like Girish Kasaravalli. He has written perceptively about major figures of Kannada Cinema like Vijay Bhaskar, K. S. Ashwath, Raj Kumar and Ananth Nag. “Re/Viewing Iranian Cinema”, “Imaging the Oppressed”, ”Of Icons and the Spirit of the Times”, “The Marginalised as the Invisible”, “Lensing the Middle Class Spirit” are some of his conceptual writings on cinema. His writings seek to project the deep humanism and concern that guide the creativity underlying films as works of art.


He has won National Film award for Best Critic for the year 2011. Professor Chakravarthy’s writings on film and related arts are replete with profound insights into the human condition as well as the need for serious discourse on socio-cultural matters. His writings reveal the authority with which he can discuss the cinemas of the world, particularly his own Kannada cinema.

His book “Culturing Realism: Reflections on Girish Kasaravalli’s Films” is a collection of articles on the outstanding Kannada film maker, Girish Kasaravalli. These are not commissioned pieces. They are critical reviews and interviews previously published, mainly in film journals.


He was on the editorial board of the film journal “Deep Focus”. He is one of the key resource persons for the annual cultural course conducted by Ninasam, Heggodu

A N Mukund

posted Jan 8, 2012, 11:15 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 10, 2012, 2:51 AM ]

A N Mukund is a distinguished PORTRAIT Photographer of the state. He is widely known for his portraits of kannada writers. He has held several one-man shows all over Karnataka and abroad.His portraits are being published in all leading magazines and periodicals of the state since 1976.

A keen student of cinema since 1978, he is actively involved in film society movement in Karnataka. He is associated as a resource person and on the faculty of the Film Appreciation Course conducted annually by NINASAM, Heggodu from 1980. He has been on the faculty for the many short Film Appreciation Courses conducted by NINASM PRATISHTANA all over the state, 

He was born in 1955 at Harihara, Davangere Dist. He has served KPTCL for 30 years as Senior Engineer after which he took Voluntary retirement in 2008. He Lives in Bangalore.

Girish Kasaravalli

posted Jan 6, 2012, 12:30 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 7, 2012, 1:42 PM by Info B2C ]

Girish Kasaravalli (born 1950) (Kannada: ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಕಾಸರವಳ್ಳಿ) is a noted film director, and one of the pioneers of the Parallel Cinema in Kannada cinema, who has won the National Film Award for Best Film four times, Ghatashraddha (1977), Tabarana Kathe (1986), Thaayi Saheba (1997) and Dweepa (2001). He has been awarded Padma Shri in 2011 - Fourth highest civilian award awarded by Government of India.

A gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Girish Kasaravalli started his career in films with Ghatashraddha (1977), over the next 30 years he directed eleven films and a tele serial. The Film he made to fulfill his Diploma "AVASHESH" was awarded the best Student Film. Avashesh also Won the President's Silver Lotus award for the best Short Film of that year.

Early life

Girish Kasaravalli was born in Kesalur, a village in the Tirthahalli taluk in Shimoga district in 1950 to Ganesh Rao and Lakshmi Devi. He had his primary education in Kesalur and middle school education in Kammaradi. Hailing from a family of book lovers, he was initiated to reading books from a young age by his father. His father was also a patron of Yakshagana, a folk system of dance, native to Karnataka. All this formed a basis for a life rich with creative aspirations. He was also attracted to the touring talkies which visited his village once in a while to screen popular Kannada films. This was his first exposure to the world of Cinema. Another relative who supported his love for creative arts was his maternal uncle K.V.Subbanna, a Magsaysay award winner who founded Neenasam, a critically acclaimed and popular drama company.

After completing his high school and college education in Shimoga, he enrolled for the B.Pharma course in the College of Pharmacy, Manipal. The college was a commonplace for many cultural activities and kept Girish Kasaravalli's creative interests alive. After completing his degree, he went to Hyderabad for training. But due to his pre occupations in Cinema and art, he found it difficult to manage his profession and interest together. He decided to quit the career in Pharmacy and join the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.


Girish Kasaravalli graduated from FTII Pune in 1975, with a specialization in 'film direction'. The world of Kurosawa, Ray, Ozu, Fellini and Antonioni inspired him and his conviction in neo-realist cinema deepened. In an interview many years later, he recollected how he was inspired by these filmmakers, especially Ozu. While in his final year, he was chosen to be the Assistant Director for Sri.B. V. Karanth for the film Chomana Dudi. He passed out of the FTII with a gold medal to his credit. His student film titled 'Avasesh' won the President's Silver Lotus award for the best student film of the year.

His first film as an independent director, was Ghatashraddha in 1977, which won him the Golden lotus, and also won a few international awards. During the centenary celebrations of Cinema, Ghatashraddha was the only Indian film to be chosen by the National Archive of Paris. For a short while, he also served as the principal of a film institute.

He won his second Golden Lotus for Tabarana Kathe in 1987. Considered as one of the best edited films in India, the film deals with the futile efforts of a retired government servant to earn his pension. In 1997, he came up with , Thaayi Saheba which won him his third Golden Lotus award. Thaayi Saheba is considered to be the most mature work of the director, dealing with the transition in the Indian socitey from the pre independence to the post independence periods. He repeated his success with Dweepa in 2002 starring late actress Soundarya. This film won his fourth Golden Lotus award. Dweepa was different from his earlier films. One of his movies, Naayi Neralu dealt with a very intense and bizarre concept of reincarnation, based on the novel with the same name by S.L. Bhyrappa, Girish Kasaravalli has given a different interpretation of the subject.

The International Film Festival of Rotterdam held a retrospective of Girish Kasaravalli's films in 2003.

Personal life

His wife Vaishali Kasaravalli was also an actress. She passed away on 27 September 2010 at the age of 59, she was ailing for over five years. A chronic diabetic, she suffered liver damage and was also undergoing dialysis for renal malfunctioning.



Year Film Language Notes
1977 Ghatashraddha Kannada
1987 Tabarana Kathe Kannada
1990 Mane,1990 Kannada
1991 Ek Ghar Hindi
1996 Kraurya Kannada
1997 Thaayi Saheba Kannada
2002 Dweepa Kannada
Grihabhanga (TV) Kannada
2004 Hasina Kannada
2006 Naayi Neralu Kannada
2008 Gulabi Talkies Kannada
2010 Kanasemba Kudureyaneri Kannada


National Film Awards

  • Best Film
    • 1977: Ghatashraddha
    • 1986: Tabarana Kathe
    • 1997: Thaayi Saheba
    • 2001: Dweepa
  • Best Film on Family Welfare
    • 2005: Hasina
  • Best Feature Film in Kannada
    • 1988: Bannada Vesha
    • 1989: Mane
    • 1995: Kraurya
    • 2007: Gulabi Talkies
    • 2009: Kanasemba Kudureyaneri
      • National Film Award for Best Screenplay
        • 2009: Kanasemba Kudureyaneri
      • South Asian Cinema Foundation's 'Excellence in Cinema' Crystal Globe Award 2009
        • Ghatashraddha (The Ritual) 1977

          • Won the Presidents Golden Lotus for the Best Indian Film of the year 1977-78
          • Won the Best Music Award for B.V. Karanth
          • Won the Best Child Actor Award for Master Ajith Kumar

          The Film also won the following Karnataka State Film Awards :

          • The Best Film Award.
          • Best Director Award Girish Kasaravalli
          • Best Story Award U.R. Ananthamurthy.
          • Best Script Award Girish Kasaravalli
          • Best Child Artist Master Ajith Kumar.

          Ghatashraddha won a few International Awards:

          • Won the Catholic Jury Award.
          • Won Ducats Award at the Manneham Film Festival Germany.
          • Screened at Various Film Festivals likeMelbourne, Nantes, Berlin, and London.
          • Was the only Iindian Film to be selected by the National Film Archieves of Paris as one of the 100 Best films in the world.

          Akramana (The Siege) 1979

          • Movie won the "MOITRA AWARD" at the Asian Film Festival at Jakarta, Indonesia
          • Vaishali Kasaravalli won the Best Actress Award at the State Film Awards.
          • It was screened at the Asian and Cairo Film Festivals.

          Mooru Dhaarigalu (Three Path Ways) 1981:

          • Won the Best Cinematograpghy award at the National Film festival.

          The Film also won the following Karnataka State Film Awards:

          • Second Best Film Award.
          • Best Director Award Girish Kasaravalli
          • Best Script Award Girish Kasaravalli
          • Best Cinematography S.R.BHAT.
          • Best Editing Suresh Urs.

          Tabarana Kathe (The Story of Tabara) 1987

          • Won the Presidents Golden Lotus Award for Best Indian Film in 1987
          • Won the Best Actor Award for Charuhasan at the National Film Festival.

          The Film also won the following Karnataka State Film Awards:

          • Best Film.
          • Best Direction Girish Kasaravalli
          • Best Script Girish Kasaravalli
          • Best Story for Poornachandra Tejaswi
          • Best Dialogue for Poornachandra Tejaswi.
          • Best Actor for Charuhasan
          • Best Child Actor for Master Santosh.
          • Best Editor for M.N. Swamy.
          • Tabarana Kathe was screened at Various Film Festivals including Tashkent, Nantes, Tokyo and the Film Festival of Russia.

          Bannadha Vesha (The Mask) 1989:

          • Won the Presidents Silver Lotus as the Best Kannada Film in 1990.

          MANE (The House) 1989

          • Won the Presidents Silver Lotus as the Best Kannada Film.

          The Film also won the following Karnataka State Film Awards:

          • Jury Award for Best Film.
          • Best Script Award for Girish Kasaravalli.
          • Best Cinematography for S.Ramachandra
          • Best Sound for S.P.Ramanathan
          • Mane was screened at Various Film Festivals including Sydney, London, and Fukokawa(Japan).

          Kraurya (Tale of a Story Teller) 1996

          • The Movie won the President's Silver Lotus Award as the best Kannada Movie of the year 1997.
          • Master Vishwas won the best Child actor at the National Film Festival.
          • Film won the Second Best Film award at the Karnataka State Film Festival.
          • Film was screened at the HongKong Film Festival.

          Thaayi Saheba (1998)

          • The film won the Presidents Golden-Lotus (Swarna Kamala) award for the Best Movie of the Nation for the year 1998.
          • Smt. Jayamala won the Best Actress( Jury) Award at the National Film Festival.

          Dweepa (The Island) 2002

          The film won the Presidents Golden-Lotus (Swarna Kamala) award for the Best Movie of the Nation for the year.

          • H. Ramachandra won the best Cinmematographer.
          • Has been invited to be screened at almost all the Major International Film Festivals around the world.

          Gulabi Talkies

          • Won National Best Actress Award - Umashree
          • Screened at Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, and won the following awards.
          • Best Film in Indian Competition
          • Best Actress in Indian Competition - Umashree
          • Karnataka State Film Awards, 2009
          • Best Film - Karnataka State award
          • Best Screenplay - Girish Kasaravalli
          • Best Actress - Umashree
          Source: Wikipedia
          Image Courtasy: K S Rajaram

          S Ramachandra

          posted Jan 5, 2012, 10:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 7, 2012, 1:45 PM by Info B2C ]

          Shivaramaiah Ramachandra Aithal popularly known as S. Ramachandra, was an award winning, acclaimed Indian cinematographer. He won National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 1977 for the Kannada feature film Rishya Shringa. He had also won the Lifetime Achievement Award (at the State Film Awards) given by the Karnataka State Government in the year 2006.


          After securing a rank in the pre-university course, Ramachandra went to the National Film and Television Institute in Pune to learn cinematography. He worked as an assistant cameraman for U.M.N. Sharif, who shot “Vamsha vriksha” directed by Girish Karnad and B.V. Karanth. It was during the shooting of “Vamsha vriksha” that P.V. Nanjaraja Urs, who identified Ramachandra's talent, asked him to work for his “Sankalpa”, which was Ramachandra's first independent venture as cinematographer. He later worked with Karanth in the award winning film Chomana Dudi. He also worked in commercial films with directors like Nagabharana and K.V.Jayaram.

          S.Ramachandra work in films directed by Girish Kasaravalli, brought him accolades. His association with Girish began with award winning film Ghatashradhdha. Later he worked in Mane, Kraurya, Naayi Neralu, Haseena and Gulabi Talkies


          S.Ramachandra was suffering from cancer. He was recently admitted to the Bangalore Institute of Oncology where he was pronounced dead on 10 January 2011
          January 12, 2011: Creative cinematographer leaves a void: The Hindu


          YearFilmLanguageOther notes
          1975Chomana DudiKannada
          1976Rushya ShringaKannadaWinner : National Film Award for Best Cinematography


          YearFilmLanguageOther notes
          1987Malgudi DaysHindi


          • 1965: Won: Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award: Yaadein
          • 1977: Won: National Film Award for Best Cinematography: Rishya Shringa
          • 2006: Won: Karnataka Film Lifetime Achievement Award
          Photo Courtasy: The Hindu

          1-10 of 17