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Watching films should be part of curriculum: Ananthamurthy

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FIRST TAKE:Film-maker Shyam Benegal (right) inaugurating the 'Chitravarsha' in Bangalore on Saturday. Director Girish Kasaravalli (left), writer U.R. Ananthamurthy and actor Bhavana are with him.
FIRST TAKE:Film-maker Shyam Benegal (right) inaugurating the 'Chitravarsha' in Bangalore on Saturday. Director Girish Kasaravalli (left), writer U.R. Ananthamurthy and actor Bhavana are with him.

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Writer U.R. Ananthamurthy has suggested that watching cinema should be made a part of school curriculum at the school level in the larger cultural interest.

Dr. Ananthamurthy was inaugurating “Chitra Varsha,” a year-long screening of select and acclaimed films of the country and international merit, organised by the Chitrasamooha, a forum of filmmakers of parallel Kannada cinema, here on Saturday.

Dr. Ananthamurthy said it was desirable that children should watch films a couple of hours in a week as part of their syllabus “consciously” and make their own set of response. Like many great writers who were not read widely, films too made by many great directors might not have been successful in their commerce. And like writers who had their own readers, filmmakers had developed their own audience. Although literature had become a part of school curriculum, cinema was yet to be introduced in schools. Introducing cinema as a subject would help study the impact of cinema on children at various levels, he added.

Deliberating on a range of cinema issues such as making problems, want of marketing strategy, challenges before the “mass” cinema and “personal” cinemas, changing technologies and audience outlook, filmmaker Shyam Benagal emphasised that it was wrong to categorise the art as commercial cinema and non-commercial cinema. Tracing the evolution of the Chitrasamooha, filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli said 52 films would be screened in 2010 at the Suchitra Film Society on all Saturdays and Sundays.

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