Yeddyurappa opens Kannada Chalanachitra Academy
BANGALORE: The Government is working on a special draft Bill for containing video and audio piracy of Kannada films, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said.
He was speaking at the inaugural of the newly formed Kannada Chalanachitra Academy here on Friday.
The Government would extend assistance for the development of Kannada cinema that has a history of over 75 years. It would expect the academy to dedicate itself for the overall development of Kannada cinema and bring back its past glory at the national and international levels, the Chief Minister said.
Tracing the history of Kannada cinema, he explained the programmes launched by the State Government since 1960s and recalled the yeoman services of veteran filmmakers and actors, including the late Puttanna Kanagal and the late Rajkumar.
Referring to the schemes for cinema launched by his Government, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government had decided to extend an annual subsidy of Rs. 10 lakh each for 50 films instead of 30 films.
The Government would provide Rs. 5 crore to the construction of Amrita Mahotsava Bhavan to mark the 75 years of Kannada cinema.
The Minister for Information Katta Subramanya Naidu said with the launch of the academy the Government had fulfilled all the demands of Kannada film industry.
The Government was confident that the academy would prove its diligence in fulfilling its objectives.
There was no need for the academy to bother about annual grants and other infrastructure as the Chief Minister was known for his generosity, he added. Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president Jaimala said Puttanna Kanagal was the first person to visualise the need for establishing a film academy in 1984.
She urged the Government to increase the annual grants and widen the administrative jurisdiction of the academy as the nature of its functional style and approach would be different form other academies.
Highlighting the problems faced by Kannada cinema, Kannada and Culture and Information Secretary B.R. Jayaramaraje Urs presented an overall view of the Government in constituting the academy with a twin purpose, development of Kannada cinema and the State tourism hand in hand.
Academy chairperson T.S. Nagabaharana, who welcomed the gathering, thanked all those who contributed for translating the idea of academy into a reality.