Posted date: 10/March/2009

The mega event ‘Amrutha Mahotsava’ the 75 years of Kannada cinema for that 15 days holiday was declared and Kannada cinema industry resumed activities on 4th of March as usual.

In a nutshell we bring you the highlights and some quixotic situation faced by the Kannada cinema ‘Utsava’.


  • As expected the program took off late. It was 80 minutes late as the CM arrived late. Gangotri Rangaswamy managed to treat the crowd with Dr.Rajakumar songs to fill the gap.
  • The team of Manjula Gururaj was standing for a long time on the stage for the ‘Nada Geethe’ – this Nadageethe the ‘Madhacharya’ name was traced. Madhwa philosopher name from Nada Geethe was dropped sometime back. Has the government of Karnataka given any instructions to it? Before Nadageetha Ganapathi stuthi was sung to mark the beginning.
  • Ambarish made humble request for the crowd to keep cool and keep distance from the found box. Ambi also shouted at cop Chandrappa to remove the people with badges on stage.
  • CM arrived at 6.50 for 5.30 programs. Vinayaprasad and Ravindranath anchoring job.
  • CM BSY, Shoba Karandlaje, information minister Khatta, Parvathamma, Dr Kamal, Janardhan Reddy, Mu Ma Chandru, Srinath, BC Patil, Na.La Narendra Babu, K Rajagopal, Fazal Gapoor, AR Raju, KCN SV Singh Babu, Ashok, Tallam, Sowcar Janaki on stage.
  • There was slight delay in the garlands coming. More than one garland tied together also created a bit of tension.
  • Instead of Shoba Karandlaje it was told Prema……. Kareyadhe Bandha Basavaraja Bommai……irked. Avaru Mudhukru avrige haakri haara….by Sara Govindu explained the tension he had.
  • CM started controlling the crowd on stage giving instructions – showed the indiscipline on stage.
  • At 7.25 Dr.Jayamala KFCC President made the Prasthavika Bashana – This is my life ‘Sarthaka Kshana’. From the beginning people have not forgotten. Dr.Raj has been the eyes of Kannadigas. The growth she recalled of Kannada cinema. Kannada language film has been a model to many stages. We go to villages starting from today. Dr.Rajakumar is symbolic of art, admiration, culture – his Athma will be there wherever you find all these three she opined.
  • At 7.37 lighting the lamp on the right side of the stage. Vishwanath Dixit Vedana Patana.
  • Sathi Sulochana Nenapu – inauguration by Chief Minister BSY, the three connected to this first Kannada cinema next generations – Chamanlal Dongra son Pushpakumar, director YV Rao daughter actress Lakshmi, hero of the film Subbai Naidu grandson Srujan Lokesh received the honors.
  • 75 look like Dr.Rajakumars came up on stage and stood behind the dignitaries.
  • When Khatta Subramania Naidu spoke there was big noise from the collective crowd. 8th Shimoga state award you all come he said.
  • Dr.Kamal Hassan was honored by Karnataka chief minister BSY. Kamal ended his speech with Gopalakrishna Adiga poem Nadiya Nodi…..
  • Sa.Ra.Govindu requested the channel to go away from the venue.
  • The cultural feast that was supposed to start at 7 pm took off at 8.45 pm.
  • V.Ravichandran and TS Nagabharana had a very tough time in dispersing the crowd from the sound boxes. We have done rehearsal for 15 days – this program is for you Hotte Urisa Bedi. Sumne Iri…..
  • It was first treat from siblings – Shiv=Puneeth, Vijay Raghavendra-Srimurali.
  • Master Kishen came up on stage and kissed crazy star V Ravichandran.
  • V.Ravichandran could not come up with four heroines in a car. The program is not happening according to what we thought please cooperate he said and Noorundhu Nenapu song begal with couples on stage with umbrellas.
  • In the Memories section ‘Tiger Prabhakar’ was not seen – his son Vinod Prabhakar was not seen. Like that the top actress Leelavathi and Vinodraj kept away from the function.
  • Nearly 29 cultural programs were planned but all of them could not take place.
  • 1.50 lakh was the attendance. People thronged from all places. Absolute security lapses

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