Kannada Rajyotsava

Nov 3, 2022

On the occasion of Kannada Rajyotsava, the NSS unit of Nitte Institute of Communication, (NICO) organised a day-long event of talks and a screening on 3rd November 2022 at the University Auditorium, Paneer. The event started at 10.30 am with a welcome address by Prof Raviraj, Head, NICO. Sushmitha Shetty, Guest Faculty, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal spoke on the topic "Tejaswi, Environment and Creativity". In her lecture, Sushmitha explained the uniqueness of Tejaswi in his work and how well he characterizes the environment.

"For Tejaswi, environmental development should be looked at from an anthropocentric perspective. Every person who is part of this environment is a philosopher like how we acknowledge Aristotle and others", she noted. She also explained the different works of Tejaswi like Karvalo, Chidambara Rahasya, Jugari Cross and stated that no one really needs to heal environmental issues, it heals on its own. All one needs to take care is to keep the food chain intact. She also described the multifaceted personality of Tejaswi through his works.

The event also had Dr Pradeep Kumar Kenchanur, Member, Karnataka Film Academy, Karnataka Government as the second resource person. He spoke on the topic, "Kannada literature and films". In his talk he stressed upon the importance of literature in Kannada cinema. Unlike Hollywood which has photography as its basis, Indian cinema has its roots in theatre and literature. He also spoke about how T R Subbarao's novels turned into films and the politics they carry along with them.

In the 1970s both in the Kannada film industry and Bollywood, script writers like Salim Javed and others used 'angry young man' as a mark of revolt against the emergency in India. He concluded by saying how in the recent years many filmmakers plagiarise and do not acknowledge the source. At the same time, they also know how to sell their films, he said. v In the afternoon session, "Wild Karnataka" a documentary directed by Amoghavarsha and others, with music by Rickie Kej and narration by David Attenborough was screened. This was followed by an interactive session with students.

Dr Tapaswi, NSS Officer, NICO proposed the vote of thanks. More than 100 students were present at the event.