Mangaluru: International recognition for Konkani children’s film ‘Apsara Dhara’

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Mangaluru, Jan 10: Konkani children’s film ‘Apsara Dhara’, produced and directed by Dr Ramesh Kamath from Bengaluru has received recognition at many international film festivala.

It was selected and screened at the prestigious Kolkata International Film Festival on November 14, 2019 on Children's Day.

In December 2019, it was selected and screened at DMOFF International Film Festival at Florida, US and was highly praised by press and public.

It won an award as Best Children Experimental Film at L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival (LIAFF) in December 2019.

Recently in the beginning of the New Year on January 2, 2020, it won at Singapore World Film Carnival as Out Standing Achievement Award and Dr Ramesh Kamath was awarded with Best Film Director.

As per the latest news ‘Apsara Dhara’ got selected for Bangla International Children’s Film Festival conducted by Union Government of Bangladesh and festival will be held at Dhaka the capital city of Bangladesh in March 2020.

‘Apsara Dhara’ was the first Konkani film to be shot in Egypt in front of pyramids and Sphinx at Cairo and few scenes are shot in 3D too. It is the story of a small poor village boy Rama's realization that education is more important than money in life. The film is a mixture of real life story turns into a fairy tale.

Entire film was shot in 4K in Uttara Kannada district's dense forest of Sirsi, Yana Caves, Apsara Konda Falls at Honnavar and Sahasra Linga tourist spot.

‘Apsara Dhara’premiere show was held at Bengaluru in a grand manner at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall and shown to a big crowd at Sirsi and Chennai too recently. In Mumbai, show will be held at Borivili and Vashi on January 26 and 27 respectively. South Kanara shows will be planned in February 2020. Already Invitation is there from Konkani Sammelan 2020 to screen ‘Apsara Dhara’ movie at San Jose, California, US, in first week of July 2020.

Saarthak Shenoy, Kedar and Swathi Bhat have acted as major child artistes. Tulu film lead artistes Gopinath Bhat, Vitobha Bhandarkar, P R Nayak, Yuvraj Kini, Ananth Nayak Sagri, Kasargod Ashok Kumar, Karthik Shenoy, Vasudha Prabhu from Mumbai, Usha Bhat, noted dancer Prathibha Kini, leading sitar player Shruthi Kamath, Kiranmayi Kamath, Sathish Kullappu Pai, Kudla Anandu Shanbhag, Anand Kamath, Vasudev Shanbhag, Vishakh Isloor, Vivek Divekar, GU Bhat, and Prakash Kini have acted in the movie. Educationists and Konkani renowned philanthropist Dr Dayananda Pai acted in a special role which is the main attraction of the film.

Camera work by Gowri Venkatesh, music scoring by award winning music director K Raaj Bhaskar, editor Arun Thomas, Konkani dialogues by Venkatesh Baliga, editor of Konkani magazine Kodiyal Kabhar, song lyrics penned by Payyanur Ramesh Pai, and playback singers are Ananya Bhagath, Rajesh Padiyar and Muralidhar G Shenoy.

Story, script and direction is by Dr Ramesh Kamath who is a graduate from prestigious Pune Film and Television Institute of India.



Title : Mangaluru: International recognition for Konkani children’s film ‘Apsara Dhara’


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