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Book on 85 Years of Kannada Cinema in English

Book on 85 Years of Kannada Cinema in English
March 14
11:53 2019

Prantik Deka

Random Reflections: A kaleidoscopic musings on Kannada Cinema authored by film critics Subrahmanyan Viswanath and Muralidhara Khajane was released at the Bengaluru International Film Festival – BIFFES, on February 25, 2019.

The 312 page paperback book, written by the two career journalists, with experiences of over 30 years as film critics, is an attempt at capturing and mirroring the multitudinous changes of one of South India’s most vibrant regional cinemas – Kannada Cinema – has witnessed in these 85 long years.

The authors, through a series of ensemble snapshot essays, objectively capture the quintessential challenges and critical changes that have confronted the Kannada film industry – otherwise addressed as Sandalwood industry, in these last 85 years, by succinctly touching upon the various creative works, as also the various developments that have impacted not only the Kannada Cinema, but also Indian cinema, as a whole.

With 22 chapters, these essays populated with a panoply of interesting photographs, provide for interesting and insightful narratives on both the mainstream and arthouse cinemas, and through their thematic text, seek to stimulate a healthy, appreciative debate among the readers and transform them into much more educated and informed consumers of cinema and spread and appreciate cinema culture among the cinema going diaspora.

The book, published under the aegis of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, engaged in promoting healthy and aesthetic cinema culture among the cinema viewing public of Bengaluru City / Karnataka State and also holds the annual flagship film festival BIFFES, aims to spread and imbibe a culture of cinema and spread academic excellence in one of the most profuse and effective mass medium of entertainment and social change.

Besides bringing international focus to Kannada Cinema as a handy, definitive guide, while traversing through its 85 years of chequered existence, the book, being especially in English, is aimed at reaching out to the new breed of young audiences and film makers not only within Karnataka but also across the country, all of whom are taking a keen interest in cinema besides taking to film making themselves drawn from disparate backgrounds and educational interest.

The focus, according to the authors, is to catalyse and appreciate cinematic culture and pursuit of cinema in anyone interested in Kannada Cinema and the complex issues that Kannada Cinema has handled in terms of content, form, sociological impact, industrial nature of production, distribution and exhibition cycles, as also historically present it in its contemporary mode.

According to BIFFES Artistic Director N Vidyashankar, Random Reflections could serve as a textual resource for both students and teachers. It could also be a window for the interested, who are familiar with it, to know about the present status and historical stature of Kannada Cinema.

The book, priced at Rs 250 is available at Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, #20/A, Amruta Mahotsava Bhavana Complex, Nandini FHS Layout, next to Presidency School, Bengaluru – 560 096. For queries call: 080 – 22133410 or email: chalanachitraacademy@gmail.com addressed to KCA Chairman Nagathihalli Chandrashekar.


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