Staff Reporter

Indian Classics includes Purnachandra Tejaswi's `Chidambara Rahasya'

BANGALORE: Writer Girish Karnad will produce three serials for Bangalore's Doordarshan Kendra based on Kannada novels. The series, Indian Classics, has the famous "Chidambara Rahasya" by Purnachandra Tejaswi, "Kusuma Bale" of Devanur Mahadeva and "Om Namah" by Shantinath Desai.

Mr. Karnad's assistant K.N. Chetanya will direct "Kusuma Bale" and "Om Namah". Mahesh Joshi, Director of Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, told a press conference organised to celebrate the kendra winning the Indian Telly Award 2005 that the productions heralded a new phase in public-Government partnership. He said the kendra won the award for "being the best Doordarshan Kendra".

The award, instituted by India, was conferred on the kendra for its performance and excellence in production and management.

"One of the conditions stipulated for the award was that a channel should consistently score over the rest in its operating space. This is what we managed to achieve," he said.

Programmes held

Some of the outstanding programmes organised during the year included two invited audience programmes held at the Raj Bhavan. Among them was an Air Warriors Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Indian Air Force, he added. The quiz programme, That Anta Heli, for which even prisoners were invited, had been popular, he said.

Mr. Joshi said the kendra would soon televise programmes, "Hello CM" and "Hello DCM", featuring Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa. The programme would be telecast live on alternate Sundays, he said.

V.S. Suryanarayana, Director of News, Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, said a news capsule focusing on districts will soon be introduced. It will be telecast once a week.