DadTalk by The Literary Club of AISFM

The Red Fist event by The Literary Club on 13th October at Mayabazar Cafeteria included DadTalk, a platform where people from different walks of life come together to share their experiences on culturally relevant topics, helping break down the mechanisms of these phenomena.

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Guests who graced the event included Sreelata Shankar, HR Consultant, RJ Manasa and Sourabh Nolkha, ISB. AISFM Alumni Harshad Fad, who is also the founder of Human Library in Hyderabad, Vinod Reddy – BFA 7 and Mithun Soma – BF5 also shared their views.

Faculty Ranjit Sinha, Photography; Padma Ramesh, Liberal Arts; Amit Prasad, Scriptwriting; and Tawheed Rehman, Digital Marketing had a detailed panel discussion.

Topics discussed during the event were:
• Teachers Discussion Panel about Western Culture in Indian Films
• How to be a Professional Photographer: Step 1-Buy A DSLR
• Film Criticism: How Monkeys Choose Dollars Over Bananas
• The Digital Explosion
• Career Choices from Childhood to First Job
• The Corporate Life
• Superhero Films: A Devolutionary Formula for Cinema
• Hyderabad Marathon – A Runner Shared His Journey
• Human Library

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Obi-Wan Kenobi, a father figure to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars had told him: Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. The truth is often what we make of it; you heard what you wanted to hear, believe what you wanted to believe.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu speaks highly of ANR at the ANR Award Ceremony

The 11th ANR awards were held on the 17th September at Shilpakala Vedika, Hyderabad. The esteemed guest of honor was Shri Venkaiah Naidu, who expressed that felicitation of a few should come as an inspiration to many. The recipient of the ANR award this year was S.S. Rajamouli, and Shri Naidu showered him with well-deserved high praise. Shri Naidu also remarked that the legacy of Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) would live on year after year through this award, that was given to the current prodigies of Indian cinema. In his speech, Shri Naidu spoke fondly about ANR, explaining how this spectacular actor raised the bar for acting and producing films in India. ANR lived his life with discipline (which helped in bringing him success) and dedicated every living moment to Indian cinema, turning him into an inspiration for many aspiring professionals.

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The growth of the Indian film industry can be seen clearly from the first Indian film in 1913- directed by Dadasaheb Phalke to Baahubali, the latest film that has taken the nation by storm. Such exponential growth could only be possible due to pioneers like ANR and Rajamouli. The revenue generated by the Indian film industry is roughly 20,000 crores, with 2,00,000+ employed professionals giving their best to create a stunning new cinema in all languages. Shri Naidu also urged the audience to learn their mother tongue. He compared one’s mother tongue to eyes and other languages to spectacles and remarked- if the eyes didn’t work, the spectacles were of no use.

Indian film has grown to a point where 30 big companies associated with the film industry are registered and performing business in the Indian Stock Exchange. But Indian films do more than just create revenue- they evoke so many emotions in people and also send a positive message to the public. They are a powerful source of communication in today’s world because they have the power to change the thought process. Every film created should have meaning, a unique message directed to the public in such a way that it generates positive impact among the audience.

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Nagarjuna also gave a short speech, thanking Shri Naidu and CM, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao, mentioning various schemes introduced by him that brought on the welfare of Telangana. He signed off with the quote saying- since the inception of the silver screen, its purpose was to screen Bahubali.

The awards ceremony also had a few live performances of classical songs and dances from Bahubali, an address by Bala Raj, the dean of AISFM. It ended with the National Anthem playing in the theatre, leaving everyone heartfelt.

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