It was literally Aarathi time for the national award secured by Kalagangotri Manju. The ‘Malakamma’ (based on a short story of well known writer Shantharasa) television film he directed got the prestigious national award from Doordarshan and to honor Kalagangotri Manju the team of Kalagangotri assembled at Green House Raj Milan.
The Nataka Academy Chairman Rajaram, Dr.Vijaya, Dattanna, actors Achyuth and his wife Nandini, Mugu Suresh, producer ‘Malakamma’ Harish on dais and inimitable AS Murthy as anchor on the evening fit a Mysore peta, offered rose garland and a shawl to the unsung hero Kalagangotri Manju.
A multifaceted personality Kalagangotri Manju has been the kingpin of various works in theatre, television and films but he was remaining behind always doing good job. On the day Kalagangotri friends honored it was a different kind of evening. Manju in Mookabhinaya earned thunderous claps. Manju also sang Elli Nanna Kotu Patch Patch Kotu….written by ASM in 1964 and two stanzas of Jogadasiri Belakinalli….. The short film ‘Malakamma’ got recognition for camera direction and acting informed Manju.
Chairman of Nataka Academy Rajaram recalled the days of ‘Mukyamantri’ play and thousands of plays Manju associating and remaining backstage is unforgettable. He carried the name of Kalagangotri to cinema and TV is happy issue said Rajaram.
Kalagangotri Manju is behind many film makers and actors. He was promised a call sheet by a big hero. That particular hero known for forgetting promises the dream of Manju did not materialize said Dr.Vijaya. However walking in the thorns Manju has grown up. He is known for his precise nature and beauty in handling the work appreciated the well known journalist Dr.Vijaya.
Two times national award winning actor in the supporting cast Dattanna brought to the notice the stubborn nature of Kalagangotri Manju giving two examples. The long time friend Harish the producer of short film ‘Malkamma’ explained the intentions of MB Patil of Gulbarga that they had to inculcate.
Achyuth his wife Nandini, Mugu Suresh also spoke on the merry evening and late in the night the death news of veteran R.Lakshman was disturbing to everyone. Two minutes of silence was observed for the demise of producer R Lakshman of ‘Bangaradha Manushya’ fame.