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‘Grammy’ winner Ricky Kej arriving on Feb 26 at DSI

Bangalore: School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), DSU organizes the visit of Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej, on Feb 26, 2016 on behalf of DSI and DSU. The internationally renowned Indian Musician and Grammy award winner will be honored with ‘Distinguished Visitor Award 2016’ at Dayananda Sagar University, Bengaluru. Mr. Kej is the youngest Indian to win prestigious Grammy award for his album 'Winds of Samsara'. Additionally he is part of 3 albums Nominated for the 2015 Grammy Awards as well. Recently Ricky Kej composed and produced an album ‘Shanti Samsara’ which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande in the presence of World Leaders at the recently concluded United Nations COP21 Paris Summit. This album has gone on to Winning the Global Music Award 2015.

National Award winning director screens and discusses his film at SJMC, DSU

 

National Award winner and veteran Kannada film director, B. Suresh visited Dayananda Sagar University (DSU) recently. He spoke at length after the screening his most recent National Award winning film Puttakkana Highway for the students of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, DSU.

Asked about his inspiration to make the film, he recalled how the story exploits the darker side of land acquisition currently underway across rural Karnataka. Puttakkana Highway is set in a remote village where people make their living through farming. Following acquisition of their land with the promise of rehabilitation, it is inspired by the story of a Dhaba owner who had to shift closer to a promised highway to run his business. However, following lobbying by interest groups, the highway was shifted far away from his Dhaba. “There are many whose lands have been taken away, families have been uprooted and livelihoods affected due to the roads and development underway.,” Mr.Suresha said.

He also spoke about his own idea of ‘Touring Talkies’ where he was able to screen his films in most of the remote villages in Karnataka.

The screening drew wide appreciation and discussion. It was a good opportunity for the students to interact directly with the film’s director himself.

SJMC students bags important role in National Award winning director’s film

Amidst much fan-fare at the Bangalore International Film festival held here last week, one highly anticipated movie got the much deserved credit and applause from fans and critics alike, Devara Nadalli, a Kannada film directed by B. Suresh. Pranav Vishwanath, a student of Journalism and Mass Communication from Dayananda Sagar University, has essayed an important role with negative shades in this film. In the middle of the post-promotional engagements, Subramanya Prasad caught up with him for a short tete-a-tete. Here are a few important excerpts from the interview.

  1. How did you get into the project?
    • I was invited for an audition being organized by one of my acquaintances. I attended it and was selected there.
  2. What is Devara Nadalli film all about?
    • It is a political thriller. It is inspired by an article published in The Times of India in 1993. Director B. Suresha wrote the story based on this incident. The story based in coastal Karnataka region inspired him. And primary characters were performed by Prakash Rai, Achyuth Kumar, Mandya Ramesh and Manju Bhashni. Then some Ninasam students also pitched in.
  3. Can you describe your role in the film? And how important is your role?
    • I play the role of the student Ramchandra Bhatta. It is very contemporary character with negative shades, set in current political circumstances. Therefore, it is a very important role and I feel very lucky to get this role in my debut film.
  4. How was it working with Prakash Raj?
    • Sharing screen with Prakash raj made me extremely happy in my debut film. I didn’t know that he is acting in this film. Once I came to know that he is acting in this film, I was little scared and also happy. But he was very encouraging and good to all the co-artistes.
  5. B.Suresha is the national award winner, was it difficult to work with him like a new comer like you?
    • B. Suresha has directed four films and produced many films. His last film got national award from the President of India. I was wondering how I could get into this movie because I was still an amateur. To share screen space with veterans like Praksah Rai, Achyut kumar and Mandya Ramesh etc. was a daunting prospect. But some of my friends on the sets and veteran actors encouraged me a lot. Director Suresha himself enacted some scenes and showed me. He knows what exactly he wants. So it was easier for me. I never felt that I was isolated from the team.

National Geographic selects journalism student picture

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On the theme, ‘Colours and Light,’ the National Geographic’s Natgeo Traveler has selected this picture clicked by a DSCASC’s journalism student. The student, Sadik Alam, used his Nikon D5200 and clicked the photograph with a 18-55 mm lens on ISO-400, adjusting the aperture at 4 and the shutter at 1\200 sec. Sadik is a fifth semester undergraduate student of the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism.

Well done, Sadik!!

Prasar Bharati chief pitches for New Media

Bengaluru: Despite the growth of print and television in India, Chairperson of Prasar Bharati, Dr. A. Surya Prakash said, the advent of New Media was likely to change the consumption patterns of media in a major way.

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Dr.A Surya Prakash, Chairperson, Prasar Bharati, receiving honours from Dr. S.C.Sharma (right) and Dr. C.P.S. Prakash (left) at the media seminar.

Making a strong pitch for the Public Service Broadcaster at a seminar organized by Dayananda Sagar Institutions on Nov. 7, Dr. Surya Prakash said that despite the exponential growth of media in the country, only Doordarshan and All India Radio had been performing the role mandated by public interest and policy. He underlined the role of Prasar Bharati in the eradication of polio and popularizing Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan However, there was also a lack of appreciation of government and vernacular media by the advertisers who continued to spend on English media, he said. Pushpa Girimaji, Columnist on Consumer Rights, also criticized the role of advertising in promoting magic remedies and urged the citizenry to be ever vigilant against some of the fraudulent claims made by advertisements.

Krishna V, senior journalist and former US correspondent of The Hindustan Times spoke at length on the democratizing functions of New Media that were ensuring wider public participation in decision making than ever before. Traditional media will have to rejig the way they will dish out content in the future, he stated.

The seminar drew students from across at least 15 colleges, including IIJNM, Oxford, Acharya Institutions, KLE, Symbiosis and Commits, besides the constituent colleges of DSI.

Following the seminar presentations, students had the opportunity to raise questions on media during an open house session moderated by Prof. Rakesh Katarey, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, DSI.

Earlier, Dr. S C Sharma, Director, DSCE/DSATM and Provost, Dayananda Sagar University, welcomed the gathering and underlined the importance of the seminar for students of all disciplines. Dr. C.P.S. Prakash, Principal, DSCE, proposed the vote of thanks and Dr. Vasantha Kumar, faculty, was the MC.

Online journalist has budding journalists in raptures:

September 23, 2015: Students of B.A Journalism and M.A Mass Communication, were regaled by a special guest, Ms. Gitanjali Diwakar, the Associate Content Producer at ‘manoramaonline’, the online portal of India’s largest selling newspaper, Malayala Manoraama. Ms. Diwakar is also a former correspondent of Times Now TV. The central theme of the session was New Media, New Journalism.

During the session, students learnt what New Media is and how it functions, They also got to know what to look forward to in the real world of virtual media. An informative session, Ms. Gitanjali, was energetic and well-tempered throughout. Always open to questions and ready with instant and well thought out answers, she made everyone’s day. A unique feature of the interface was how well she was able to connect and put a packed gallery to work and activity.

Students who participated in the lecture later shared their thoughts on the session to its very end. “We picked up things well beyond the basics,” said Sharjeel Yunus, a BA(JMC) Sem III student.

“She underscored the fact that New Media could be incorporated in personal and professional lives,” felt Aksheev Thakur, a senior student. The session left everyone happy and put a smile on every face and asking for more; “Can we have her over again?” being too common a refrain to be attributed to only a handful.