Namma Bengaluru’s own film hub
The city’s very own festival hub for films at no cost has taken shape. Kalavedike, a trust that has been in existence for the past seven years, has created a festival hub where they will have a free space to screen classic films at their premises in Vijaynagar.
This is an initiative by artiste Srinath Vasistha, who has created an arena on top of his house. The entire space is devoted for cinema activities. “Being an artiste, I wanted to give back something to the film industry. People also don’t get to see good movies especially classics. I wanted to introduce the residents of Vijaynagar area to these classic films. I interacted with other members of the trust and they were open to the idea of monthly film screenings,” said Srinath, who has programmed the festival in such a way that it will attract cine goers. “I have built a small mini-theatre on the rooftop of my house with a 120-seating capacity. I have also installed a 35 mm projection facility. Here, people can watch films on second and fourth Saturday of every month. All this comes free of cost,” he adds.
The festival kick started this Monday in association with KV Subbanna Aptha Samuha, a theatre group and the first movie to be screened was Kurmavatara.
“Noted poet Dr Siddalingaiah inaugurated the event. Director Girish Kasaravalli was also present and the first film attracted a houseful. The next film is B V Karanth’s Chomana Dudi which will be screened on the fourth Saturday of this month followed by UR Ananthamurthy’s Mouni.
Apart from screening films, Srinath wants to host a lot of other film related activities like interactive sessions with directors, filmmakers. “I want the venue to be buzzing with activity and allow common people to interact with the local film industry,” says Srinath, who is also setting up a library of old classic films.
“People can browse films from this classics collection and they can select and watch it again at our theatre.”
The festival concept
With GK Gundu Rao presiding over the Kalavedike, the organisation has trustees from the film fraternity like Sihi Kahi Chandru, Praveen D Rao, Ramesh Pandit who are excited with the festival concept. “To start with, we plan to project a lot of good Kannada films followed by classic movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and other languages. This is an opportunity for everybody who would like to watch good movies.