IFFI Review: ‘Taledanda’ is a heartbreaking appeal to conserve Mother Nature

The late Sanchari Vijay was an actor who, time and again, surprised us with films and performances that differed pleasantly from the hugely formulaic mainstream Kannada cinema. Showcased posthumously at the 52nd International Film Festival of India, Taledanda features him as a rural youngster named Kunnegowda ‘Kunna’ (Vijay) suffering from moderate […]

“Harikatha Prasanga (Chronicles of Hari)”… A well-researched piece on gender identity crisis!

Art, often, enjoys greater freedom and choices than artists. Art knows no boundaries while society keeps artists at seams. In debutante Ananya Kasaravalli’s Harikatha Prasanga (Chronicles of Hari), art is a nearly a saviour to its performer. Why? Because Karnataka treasures its traditional art form ‘Yakshagana’ with staunch pride. On […]

Hamsalekha – The man who reinvented Kannada film music…

Growing up listening to Hamsalekha’s eclectic music is one. Discovering Kannada film music through Hamsalekha is another. I belong to the second category. Not a native Kannadiga, I was introduced to the illustrious and much-underrated Kannada film music by friends and film aficionados. There was one constant factor in majority of […]