Video kavanagalu of N. Bhavani Shankar, First video poetry producer of India
Written poetry has its own features. We often use the word poetic. This poetic element is a quality. This can be found in a novel, story, painting, sculpture and other forms of art. This poetic element can be found in movies also. N. Bhavani Shankar, H.O.D of Kannada Department is a Educational film maker and has produced 130 films.
He learnt all the aspects of film making by himself. He has studied the nuances of video camera, computer editing, graphics, creating music on computer, script writing and direction. He has produced story films as well.
In this process he thought of producing a visual poem. He started making experiments. He called them Video poetry. So far he has produced 60 video poems. Features of his video poems are-a short written kannada poem comes on screen which gives some hint regarding the upcoming movie. There are no actors, no story. Generally his films are of 5 to 15 minutes duration. Music accompanies the visual poem on the screen.
Of late we made a search on the internet to know whether such a form exists. There are references on Video Poetry. The first Video Poetry producer is Gianni Toti of Italy (1980). But there are no references regarding Indians. N. Bhavanishankar’s first Video Poem came in 2004.
We think he is the first Video poetry producer of India.
The college sent a two days state level seminar proposal on “Video Poetry in Kannada-an Innovation” to UGC. It was granted. The college conducted the seminar on August 27-28, 2009 on the campus. The seminar was resourced by eminent literary personalities Dr. Satya Narayana Mallipattana, Prof. Hayavadana Upadhya, Dr. Varadaraja chandragiri, Prof Rekha Bannadi, Dr. Nikethana, Dr. Mahalinga Bhat and Prof. Shreedhara Murthy who presented papers on N. Bhavani Shankar’s Video poems. Dr. Padekallu Vishnu Bhat was the convener of the two day function. A video poetry DVD “Tidhiya Haadu” was released by the college correspondent Ver. Rev. Fr. Richard Coelho. Dr. J. C. Miranda, Principal welcomed the gathering.
All the papers and video recorded discussions were printed in the form of a book “Video Kavana Endare”. This book was released on November 22, 2009 by the Deputy Registrar of Mangalore University Prof. Prabhakar Neermaarga.
We bring it to your notice that the first Video Poetry maker in India is N. Bhavani Shankar. First Video Poetry DVD is “Tidiya Haadu” First book on Video Poetry is “Video Poetry Means”
Some important titles of Video Poems of N. Bhavani Shankar are-The story of an earth, Yes, they are like us, but.., Lava Poetry, Nice Job, Mother Nethravathi, Tidiya Haadu, Baahubalige Namaskaara, Jaatre mattu Bhakthi, East to West or, Chappaligalu, Artistic Meditation Etc.
He independently produces films and has the credit of producing more than 190 films. Other works of N. Bhavani Shankar are: Poetry-Elayya Balibahu, Meenu Mallige / Drama-Jhindabad Jhindabad, Brahmana Shudra, Golibar, Kempu kogile. Premasitis / Articles to news papers-more tham 70 / Still photos published-more than 20
Principal Dr. John Clarence MirandaSt. Mary’s College, ShirvaUdupi Dt., Karnataka State, India, 5741160820-2554898
video poetry bhavani shankar manchakal shirva kannada jana ratha ratha jana