The Kerala State Film Awards

Kerala State Film Award Sculptures
Kerala State Film Award Sculptures

The Kerala State Film Awards are the film awards for a motion picture made in Kerala. The awards have been bestowed by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy since 1998 on behalf of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala, India.

The awards were started in 1969. From 1969 to 1997, the awards were managed directly by the Department of Cultural Affairs,Government of Kerala. The awardees are decided by an independent jury formed by the academy and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Kerala. The jury usually consists of eminent personalities from the film field. For the awards for literature on cinema a separate jury is formed. The academy annually invites films for the award and the jury analyses the films that are submitted before deciding the winners. The awards intends to promote films with artistic values and encourage artists, technicians and producers. The awards are declared by the Minister for Cultural Affairs and are presented by the Chief Minister of Kerala.

The number of awards varies from year to year, considering the changing scenario of motion picture arts within and outside the state of Kerala. The latest number of awards is over 30; the original number of awards in 1969 was 15.

  • J. C. Daniel Award (Lifetime Achievement Awards) for “outstanding contributions to Malayalam cinema”.
  • Best Film: A cash award of Rs.100,000/-, a replica and a certificate to the producer. A cash award of Rs.40,000/-, a replica and a certificate to the director
  • Second Best Film: A cash award of Rs.60,000/-, a replica and a certificate to the producer. A cash award of Rs.30,000/-, a replica and a certificate to the director
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Director: A cash award of Rs.50,000/-, a replica
  • Best Actor: A cash award of 1 Lakh, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Actress: A cash award of 1 Lakh, a replica and a certificate
  • Second Best Actor: A cash award of Rs.50000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Second Best Actress:A cash award of Rs.50000//-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Child Artist: A cash award of Rs.50000//-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Story: A cash award of Rs.50000//-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Screenplay: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Cinematography: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Lyrics: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Music Director: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Background Music: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Singer: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Film Editor: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Art Director: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Sound Recordist: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Processing Lab: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Makeup Artist: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Costume Designer: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Dubbing Artist: A cash award of Rs.7,500/-, a replica and a certificate each
  • Best Choreography: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value: To the producer and director
  • Best Children’s Film: To the producer and director
  • Special Jury Award: A cash award of Rs.30,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Documentary: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate to the producer. A cash award of Rs.9,000/-, a replica and a certificate to the director
  • Best Book on Cinema: A cash award of Rs.15,000/-, a replica and a certificate
  • Best Article on Cinema: A cash award of Rs.8,000/-, a replica and a certificate

stethoscope

Early stethoscopes
Early stethoscopes

The stethoscope is an acoustic medical device for auscultation, or listening to the internal sounds of an animal or human body. It typically has a small disc-shaped resonator that is placed against the chest, and two tubes connected to earpieces. It is often used to listen to lung and heart sounds. It is also used to listen to intestines and blood flow in arteries and veins. In combination with a sphygmomanometer, it is commonly used for measurements of blood pressure.

The stethoscope was invented in France in 1816 by René Laennec at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris. It consisted of a wooden tube and was monaural. Laennec invented the stethoscope because he was uncomfortable placing his ear on women’s chests to hear heart sounds. He observed that a rolled notebook, placed between the patient’s chest and his ear, could amplify heart sounds without requiring physical contact. Laennec called his device the “stethoscope” (stetho + scope “chest scope”), and he called its use “medicateauscultation”, because it was auscultation with a tool intermediate between the patient’s body and the physician’s ear. In 1840, Golding Bird described a stethoscope he had been using with a flexible tube. Bird was the first to publish a description of such a stethoscope but he noted in his paper the prior existence of an earlier design (which he thought was of little utility) which he described as the snake ear trumpet. Bird’s stethoscope had a single earpiece.

In 1851, Irish physician Arthur Leared invented a binaural stethoscope, and in 1852 George Philip Cammann perfected the design of the stethoscope instrument (that used both ears) for commercial production, which has become the standard ever since.

Rappaport and Sprague designed a new stethoscope in the 1940s, which became the standard by which other stethoscopes are measured, consisting of two sides, one of which is used for the respiratory system, the other for the cardiovascular system. The Rappaport-Sprague was later made by Hewlett-Packard. HP’s medical products division was spun off as part of Agilent Technologies, Inc., where it became Agilent Healthcare. Agilent Healthcare was purchased by Philips which became Philips Medical Systems.

Padayani

Padayani
Padayani

Padayani, is a traditional folk dance and a ritual art from the central portion of the Indian state of Kerala. A ceremonial dance involving masks, it is an ancient ritual performed in Bhagavati temples. The dance is performed in honor of Bhadrakaali. Meaning, a ‘row of warriors’, Padayani is an art form that blends music, dance, theatre, satire, facial masks, and paintings. It is part of worship of Bhadrakali and is staged in temples dedicated to the goddess from mid-December to mid-May. Padayani is unique to central Travancore, comprising the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Padayani is regarded as a remnant of the Dravidian forms of worship that existed before the advent of Brahmanism.

Padayani is like Theyyam in north kerala. The percussion instruments used in Patayani are patayani thappu, chenda, para and kumbham.

Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar

Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar
Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar

Sir Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar(21 February 1894 – 1 January 1955) was a well-known Indian  scientist, a professor of chemistry for over 19 years. He was the first director-general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR), and he is revered as the “father of research laboratories”. He was also the first Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

To honour his name and achievements, CSIR instituted an award Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, since 1958 for outstanding scientists who made significant contributions in various branches of science.

For his excellent contributions to pure and applied chemistry, Bhatnagar was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1936 New Year Honours List.He was knighted in the 1941 New Year Honours List for his contributions to the advancement of science. In 1943 the Society of Chemical Industry, London, elected him as Honorary Member and later as Vice President.Bhatnagar was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1943.

In independent India, he was the President of the Indian Chemical Society, National Institute of Sciences of India and the Indian National Science Congress. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 1954. The prestigious award in science in India, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology was created in his honour.

Mahakavi Kumaran Ashan

Mahakavi Kumaran Ashan
Mahakavi Kumaran Ashan

N. Kumaran Ashan   (12 April 1873 – 16 January 1924), also known as Mahakavi Kumaran Ashan (the prefix Mahakavi, awarded by Madras University in 1922, means “great poet” and the suffix Ashan means “scholar” or “teacher”), was one of the triumvirate poets of Kerala, South India. He was also a philosopher, a social reformer and a disciple of Sree Narayana Guru.

Kumaran Ashan initiated a revolution in Malayalam poetry in the first quarter of the 20th century, transforming it from the metaphysical to the lyrical. Deep moral and spiritual commitment is evident in Ashan’s poetry. His works are an eloquent testimony of poetic concentration and dramatic contextualisation.

Some of the earlier works of the poet were Subramanya Sathakam and Sankara Sathakam, wherein Asan voiced his devotional aspirations. His short poem Veena Poovu (fallen flower) is a literary classic. It paved the way for a new movement in Malayalam literature.

He died aged 51 as a result of a boat accident in January 1924 while travelling to Kollam from a function in Alappuzha. The boat capsized at Pallana and all on board drowned, except Ouseph Kurian Mappila Thannikuzhiyil Kanjirathanam . Kumaranasan was the only poet in Malayalam who became mahakavi without writing a mahakavyam.

The Kumaran Asan National Institute of Culture at Thonnakkal was founded in 1958 in his memory, and includes a small house which he had built on his land.

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (13 May 1905 – 11 February 1977) was the fifth President of India from 1974 to 1977 and also the 2nd President of India to die in office. Chosen for the presidency by the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, in 1974, and on 20 August 1974, he became the second Muslim to be elected President of India. He is known to have issued the proclamation of emergency by signing the papers at midnight after a meeting with Indira Gandhi the same day. He used his constitutional authority as head of state to allow her to rule by decree once the Emergency in India was proclaimed in 1975.

He was the second Indian president to die in office, on 11 February 1977. His death occurred after he collapsed in his office while preparing to attend his daily Namaz prayer. He was 72. Today his grave lies right across the Parliament of India next to the Sunhari Masjid, at Sansad Chowk, in New Delhi.

In his honour a medical college Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College has been named after him at Barpeta Assam.

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was the Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister at the age of 40.

Rajiv Gandhi’s period in office was mired in controversies; perhaps the greatest crises were the Bhopal disaster and the Shah Bano case. In 1988 he reversed the coup in Maldives, antagonising militant Tamil groups such as PLOTE, intervening and then sending peacekeeping troops to Sri Lanka in 1987, leading to open conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In mid-1987 the Bofors scandal damaged his corruption-free image and resulted in a major defeat for his party in the 1989 election.

Gandhi remained Congress President until the elections in 1991. While campaigning for the elections, he was assassinated by a suicide bomber from the LTTE.