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Posted date: 23/April/2010

The Sandalwood Film Institute evolved by Prafulla Mukhi Srinivas with Pradip Mahishi, Smt Meenakumari and Jayaprakash is firstly safe and will be systematic at the hands of ‘Ajathashatru’ Shivaramanna the most loved personality of Kannada film industry.

Shivaramanna is just an actor but assisted the greats like doyen of Kannada cinema SR Puttanna Kanagal in the yesteryears heads the Sandalwood Film Institute as Principal. He is a man with principles, discipline and right outlook would carry the responsibility given to him.

I am 100 percent for the industry and work around the clock – Shivaramanna declared addressing the media. I have seen the struggle of directors and actors. The newcomers should not feel that strain. That is where ‘Sandalwood Film Institute’ started here in Vijayanagar Bangalore stands out. ‘Anubavadinda Avakashakke Saduddeshada Margadarshana’ is very important today. Films are made but the systematic approach and proper trained makers are not available. We have even course for Assistant Directors says Shivaramanna who is initially starting four months course for Acting and Direction. The all round support is what he expects to run the institution.

‘Today Athi Santoshavada Dina’ for me! This is something more than winning any awards stated Shivaramanna. Those who get trained here should work in the industry is my wish. Today only trial and error method is adopted. The achievers have stayed back today. A sort of revolution is possible from this type. Chitra and Chitraranga has no death stated Shivaramanna.

After inaugurating the SFI Master Hirannaih addressing the students said ‘Tilkondu Mundhe Saagi and don’t adopt Thulidukondu’. Master Hirannaih said the present genre should ask questions and get answer and not make their own imagination. It does not work out always. He recalled his early days of BR Panthulu asking him to stay in the theatre. That suggestion has given me ‘Anna’ for the last 60 years said Hirannaiah.

The building at 9th cross 5th Main 1791 door number is owned by Prafulla Mukhi Srinivas. She is the producer of ‘Thamashegaagi’. Not started this institute for any ‘Thamashe’. Kodlu Ramakrishna promoted the idea of this institute to Prafulla. He is part of this SFI after resigning from the position he holds in Kannada Film Directors Association.

Veteran directors Geethapriya, CV Shivashanker, Geethapriya graced the inaugural event of ‘Sandalwood Film Institute’.

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