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  • 35th Anniversary of Gokak Chaluvali - Exclusive

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    This year is the 35th anniversary of the Gokak Chaluvali. The movement started by Kannada literary personalities to bring back Kannada as the medium of school education became a popular movement of the common man with the entry of Dr Rajkumar and other Kannada film actors in its support. The event is a landmark in the history of modern Karnataka. Rajkumar has become synonymous as the face of the movement. At its 35th anniversary, here is a look at what it meant.

    In 1968 the Central government introduced the three-language formula in education. For north Indian Hindi speaking states, the formula wanted them to study Hindi, English and a modern Indian language. For south Indian states including Karnataka, school children had to study Hindi, English and a regional language. However in practice, north Indian states studied only Hindi and English while Tamil Nadu rejected the formula and taught only Tamil and English. But in Karnataka, most schools taught Hindi, Sanskrit and English while Kannada was ignored. 

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    Kannada writers opposed this development and demanded that the Karnataka government make Kannada the primary medium of education in schools. A committee was formed by the Governemtn on 5th July 1980. Professor V. K. Gokak who later won the Jnanapita award was its Chairman. The committee submitted its report and said that Kannada should be the medium of instruction in schools. However this was opposed by minority linguistic groups. Kannada writers demanded the implementation of the report. 

    The movement did not catch popular attention. But things changed rapidly when Dr Rajkumar agreed to the call by Kannada writers to join the movement. Along with other Kannada actors, Rajkumar travelled the length and breadth of Karnataka addressing rallies and garnering support for the implementation of the Gokak Report. The people of Karnataka responded overwhelmingly. The Gokak Chaluvali turned out to be one of the most important events in the history of Karnataka post 1947. 

    It was because of this movement that Kannada was declared as athe official language of the Karnataka government. Though the demand for primary education in Kannada for all students is still a matter of demand, the movement brought to focus the importance of Kannada in the administration and education. It still stands  testimony to Dr Rajkumar's contribution to the cause of Kannada. Later the government also constituted the Sarojini Mahishi committee which gave a report for reservation for Kannadigas. 

    Very few people who participated in the Gokak Chaluvali are around now. One of the few people who was in the middle of the movement and watched every step of Rajkumar during 1983 is Sa Ra Govindu. 

  • Babruvahana Set for Gulf

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    The new old film, Babruvahana, that released last week is set for release in several Gulf centers later this month. The 1977 film which was digitally enhanced and given the latest sound technology was released last week to a good response all over Karnataka.

    Now the Rajkumar starrer film is also in demand from overseas audience. To fulfil this demand for the film, it is being scheduled for release many centres in the Gulf region. It will be screened in several emirates of UAE and other countries in the Middle-East.

    As of now, some of the places it is scheduled to be released later this month include Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. In Oman it is scheduled for release in Salalah, Muscat and Sohar.

  • Babruvahana to be Released for Dr Rajakumar's Birthday

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    Two years back Dr Rajakumar's evergreen hit 'Kasturi Nivasa' was released by K C N Mohan. This year his brother and producer K C N Chandrashekhar is all set to release Dr Rajakumar's another classic film 'Babruvahana' with technology on his birthday.

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    'Babruvahana' was directed by Hunsur Krishnamurthy and the film was released 35 years back. Now K C N Chandru is all set to release the film in DI, DTS and 7.1 Surround Sound. K C N Chandru has announced that the film will be released during the occasion of Dr Rajakumar's birthday and the film will be hitting the screens on the 22nd of April this year.

  • Dodmane Hudga Mahalaya Amavasye Coincidence

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    16 years on the Mahalaya Amavasye festival Dr Rajkumar was kidnapped by forest brigand Veerappan. In a strange coincidence today, Puneeth Rajkumar's 25th film Dodmane Hudga has released on the same Mahalaya Amavasye day.

    It may be a coincidence but significant. The film has opened to tremendous response and has had many early morning shows in many theatres in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka. Even in main theatre Nartaki the first show was at 7 am.

  • Dr Rajakumar Back With Bhaktha Ambarisha - Exclusive

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    It was a long pending dream of Matinee Idol Dr Rajakumar to act in 'Bhaktha Ambarisha'. Though the film was launched, the film got shelved due to various reasons. Now Dr Rajakumar is all set to make a comeback with 'Bhaktha Ambarisha'.

    Wonder how is it possible, as the actor died almost Ten years back. Dr Rajakumar will be brought alive through animation and the film is said to be his 207th film as an actor. The film is being produced by Muniraju who is releasing Dr Rajakumar's yesteryear film using modern technology in the recent times. More details about the film are yet awaited.

    Recently the team of 'Nagarahavu' had created Vishnuvardhan through digital head technology for the film 'Nagarahavu'. It was said that Vishnuvardhan plays a pivotal role in the film and 'Nagarahavu' will be his 201st film in his career.

  • Overseas Market - KS Prasad is First Distributor Writes Nagendra

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    In mid-1990’s, Kannada movie was screened for the first time in America. It was such a massive effort with plenty of people getting involved. Mr. K S Prasad, one of the very well-known producer (Dr Raj Kumar’s Baalu Belagithu and Bhagyada Bagilu) and distributor of Kannada movies in Karnataka moved to USA. Prasad made this effort possible with the help of local Kannada koota and Kannada fans.

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    This was the beginning trend to screen movies abroad. You need to get the 35 mm reels in a big metal box and ship it to USA. All these efforts were done to show case that kanndaa movies were screened only for the promotion of language and culture not for money. 99% of time, only the print and shipping costs were recovered. After these problems, it was a still a very good start.  It was a commendable effort by Prasad. 

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    Slowly, more and more Kannada movies made its way to America. Then, the 35 mm picture reels box was shared with few other distributors in other countries (Australia, Canada) to start screening Kannada movies.

    The main challenge was to ship the 70 pounds reel box to different countries. People who just want to show case their movie (without any monetary benefits) used send the prints and screen with the help of the local folks. Lots and Lots of volunteers came forward to make it happen. 

    (Article by Atlanta Nagendra)

    (to be continued)

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  • S P Varadaraju Awards For Ashok Basti And SK Padmadevi

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    The 11th S P Varadaraju (Dr Rajakumar's brother) award for the year 2017 will be conferred to well known theater artiste Ashok Basti and film actress S K Padmadevi.

    The award function has been organised by S P Varadaraju Atmeeyara Balaga and the programme is held on the 05th of February at 5.30 PM at the Nayana Auditorium in Kannada Bhavana. Kannada Sahitrya Parishath president Dr Manu Baligar, actor Ashok and others will be present at the event.

  • Shivarajkumar wants to see Dr Raj’s Wax Idol in Madam Tussads museum

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    Actor Shivarajakumar has said that he wants to see Dr Rajakumar’s wax idol at the Madam Tussads museum in London. Shivarajakumar was talking to media persons about his recent visit to London with his family during the release of ‘Shivalinga’ in London.

    ‘It was a very good experience in London and I loved the hospitality of the people there. During my visit I happen to visit Madam Tussads museum. I want to see my father Dr Rajakumar’s was idol in that museum and I talked to the authorities regarding that. I explained the significance and contribution of Dr Rajakumar to the authorities. I explained to them about the Gokak issue and how an actor of Dr Rajkumar stature responded to the issue. I hope to see the wax statute of my father’ said Shivarajakumar.

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