Special Correspondent

CIIL is all set to release a series of documentaries

The objective is to teach the language

through the visual medium

500 short films completed in Kannada

under the project

BANGALORE: The Mysore-based Central Institute of Indian Languages is all set to launch its ambitious Bhasha Mandakini, a comprehensive project aimed at inculcating modern Indian languages through television, initially in four languages, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi and Bangla.

CIIL director Udaya Narayana Singh and the head of Education Technology and Media Studies of Bhasha Mandakini and Kannada writer Lingadevaru Halemane told presspersons here on Monday that the objective of Bhasha Mandakini was to teach language through a range of video programmes.

It had attempted to deal languages through historical, cultural and social background besides the formative aspects of the respective languages, he added.

It was planned to produce 1,000 short films of 30 minutes duration each in all scheduled languages in a phased manner Although definite time frame had not been fixed, the project would be completed in three years. Working on the project for three years, the CIIL had completed 500 short films in Kannada, 150 each in Bangla and Tamil and 30 in Marathi at an estimated cost of Rs. 10 crore, Prof. Singh said.

The language teaching package was a visual encyclopaedia of the language concerned. The focus was to provide “edutainment,” using a combination of multimedia techniques, classroom interactions, demonstrations, and drama and language games. The design of each language segment was dealt under the six major divisions such as space, time, society, culture, speech pattern and writing system.

The CIIL had been interacting with the Government and private television channels for accommodating the telecast of “Bhasha Mandakini” episodes. However, things were yet to take concrete shape. The CIIL was planning to market the programmes in DVD format with an affordable price tag following the demands from the interested circles. The programme had drawn international attention, particularly from European students, Prof. Singh said. To draw public response to Bhasha Mandakini short films, the CIIL had organised a four-day Kannada Bhasha Mandakini documentary film festival beginning from Monday at the Badami House in Bangalore. Four short films on the first poet laureate Pampa, the Jnanpith award-winner poet the late Kuvempu, the late D.R. Bendre and the late Gopalakrishna Adiga each were screened on Monday. Another 12 short films, four on each day, on various aspects of Kannada language produced by CIIL under the Bhasaha Mandakini would be screened on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 5.30 p.m.

Tuesday: “Kannadiga, the people and their antiquity,” “Traditional costumes of coastal Karnataka”, “Geological wonders of Karnataka” and “Janapada Vaidyopacharagalu.”

Wednesday: “Gulbarga Kannada”, “Personal names of Karnataka”, “Traditional food storage systems” and “Forts of Karnataka.”

Thursday: “Manteswamy, Kannada film beginning to 1954,” “V.O. Chidambara Pillai (Tamil)” and “Makers of Bangla literature,” an d “Upendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury” (Bangla).