Sunday, 26th July 2015
Girish Kasaravalli Film Festival was organized at Bharatiya VidyaBhavana, NammaBengaluru from July 25th to 29th 2015. We attended on Sunday, 26th July and watched the movies screened on the day "GHATASHRADHDHA"
There was also photo exhibition of his films and sale of books.
Girish Kasaravalli (born 3 December 1950) is an Indian film director, in the Kannada Cinema, and one of the pioneers of the Parallel Cinema, known internationally, he has won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film four times: for Ghatashraddha (1977), Tabarana Kathe (1986), Thaayi Saheba (1997) and Dweepa (2002).[In 2011, he was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by Government of India.
A gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Kasaravalli started his career in films with Ghatashraddha(1977). Over the next 30 years he directed 11 films and a tele serial. The film he made to fulfill his diploma, Avashesh, was awarded the Best Student Film and the National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film for that year. He has received thirteen National Film Awards.
Ghatashraddha ( English: The Ritual) is a 1977 Indian Kannada language film directed by Girish Kasaravalli starring Meena Kuttappa, Narayana Bhat and Ajith Kumar in lead roles. It is based on a novel by eminent Kannada writer Dr U. R. Ananthamurthy. The film was Girish Kasaravalli's first feature film as a director, and marked not only the arrival of a promising new filmmaker but also that of Kannada cinema in the India's 'New Cinema' horizon.
A young Brahmin Vedic school student, who is from an aristocratic family, befriends his school master's daughter who is a pregnant widow. The boy tries but fails in concealing his friend's pregnancy. The widow has an abortion forced on her, has the eponymous ritual performed on her and is excommunicated. The student returns home as his school shuts down.
Written 28th July 2015