A Flashback to a Maverick Filmmaker and Cartoonist

Published: 14th March 2016 05:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2016 05:15 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Photographs, cartoons, sessions on the cinematography, sounds and aesthetics of his films are the highlights of “Remembering G Aravindan”, a three-day event that began here to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of the filmmaker-cum-cartoonist.

The event organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, along with Chintha Ravi Foundation and Chalachitra Film Society, aims to introduce Aravindan’s works to the younger generation while honouring the filmmaker.

The event began at the Kanakakunnu Palace with the unveiling of the exhibition of photographs and select cartoons. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Kavalam Narayana panikaer and leela Aravidan were present at the function.

A.JPG‘Cartoon Katha Parayumbol’ (When the cartoon tells a story), another highlight of the event, unravelled Aravindan’s sequential cartoons. Cartoonist E P Unny presented and explained some of the celebrated cartoonist’s cartoons to the audience.

Krishnan Unni, Aith George, Harikumar and Harikumar Madhavan Nair spoke about the world of sound in Aravidan’s films. In the ‘art of cinematography’ session, Venu, Sunny Joseph and K G Jayan talked about the aesthetics of his films.  Those who spoke about the great filmmaker said that his films always had its impact on society; although, he made his films with minimum budget and minimum effort. Though he had not been professionally taught the art of films, he went on to become one of the finest filmmakers in the country, they pointed out. 

A retrospective of his films will be held on March 14 at Kalabhavan, where ‘Uthrarayanam’, ‘Kanchana Sita’, ‘Chidambaram’, ‘Esthappan’ and ‘Thampu’ will be screened. On March 15, his films ‘Vastuhara’, ‘Kummatti’, ‘The Head  Hunter’ and ‘Munroe Island’ will be screened. The Aravindan Puraskaram will be given away the same day, where Adoor Goplakrishnan, A K Bir, Shaji N Karun, K R Mohanan, Rajivnath and Kamal will be present.


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