SHIMOGA APRIL 4: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa gave away awards to artistes and technicians at a glittering Karnataka Film Awards Presentation function at Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.
While Puneet Rajkumar received the Best Actor Award, Umashree was given the Best Actress Award. As many as 29 awards were presented on the occasion. Mr. Yeddyurappa also gave away the Rajkumar Award to late Vishnuvardhan, which was received by his wife Bharati, and the Life-long Achievement Award to Parvathamma Rajkumar.
Film director Renuka Sharma, selected for the Puttanna Kanagal Award, was not present to receive it.
Minister for Information Katta Subramanya Naidu, who released a souvenir on the occasion, referred to the steps taken by the Government for development of Kannada cinema.
He said the Government had decided to raise the incentive for national award-winning Kannada films from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh.
He said it was proposed to introduce a single window system for the benefit of the Kannada film industry.
Chairperson of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce Jaimala urged the Government to announce a comprehensive film policy. K.S. Eshwarappa, MLA, presided over the function.
Shimoga MP B.Y. Raghavendra, MLAs B.K. Sangamesh and K.G. Kumaraswamy and MLC P.V. Krishna Bhat were present.
Earlier, Secretary, Information, Jayaramaraje Urs welcomed the gathering.
The function got off to a colourful start with the rendition of Kuvempu's three popular peoms.
Actor Vijay Raghavendra, accompanied by Bhavana Shri, presented a dance performance on the song "Santoshakke" from the Shankar Nag starrer "Auto Raja".
'Impact of films on society significant''
B.Y. Raghavendra, Shimoga MP, said here on Sunday that it was disturbing that films, funded by multinational companies, no longer highlighted social, cultural and moral values. He was speaking at the inauguration of a week-long international film festival on "Mind and media", organised by the Karnataka State Chalanachitra Academy and its district unit Shimoga Belli Mandala, Department of Information and the district administration.
Mr. Raghavendra said that film was a powerful medium with the potential to make or mar society.
While films were once only considered as means of entertainment, they had gone on to play a significant role as educators and instructors. It was the responsibility of the film-makers to help tackle social issues, he said.
Mr. Raghavendra praised Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for constituting the Karnakata Chalanachitra Academy and taking steps to develop the film industry. The introduction of the Anti-piracy Act was one such effort, he said.
Apart from earmarking Rs. 50 lakh for the welfare of workers in the film industry, the Government had also reduced entertainment tax on films from 50 per cent to 30 per cent, he noted.
The Government had sanctioned Rs. 10 crore towards the construction of the Karnataka Film Platinum Jubilee Bhavan in Bangalore, Mr. Raghavendra said.
Psychiatrist Avadhesh Sharma who spoke at the event said the media could play a pivotal role in bringing about change by spreading information, creating public opinion and motivating teachers, priests, doctors and social leaders to be role models.
Mental health which affected 15 per cent of the population was set to be the second biggest health issue after cardiacproblems, he said, and questioned the ability to deal with the problem.
Dr. Sharma said that even media such as cable TV and the Internet could play an important role in developing positive minds. Film actor Tara said that films which did not highlight social and cultural values should be rejected by cine-goers.
Chairman of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy T.S. Nagabharana praised the Shimoga Belli Mandala for creating a congenial atmosphere for showcasing and promoting education through films.
Working president of the Shimoga Belli Mandala, psychiatrist K.A. Ashok Pai and his wife Rajani Pai were honoured in appreciation of their contribution.
The festival opened with the screening of Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par.