Platinum jubilee (75th year) celebrations of Sound and Cinematography courses at Bangalore. The alumni of SJ Polytechnic, Bangalore from sound and cinematography courses they want to bring to attention that these courses started in 1943 have completed 75 years this year. This was the first such institution to train cinematographers and sound engineers in Asia.
In 1943, the visionary-statesman- engineer Sir M. Viswesarayya (Sir MV) was instrumental in introducing these courses. He foresaw the huge demand for such professionals in future and intreduced these courses which is the first film institute in not just India but the whole of Asia. His move was fully supported by the then Maharaja of Mysore, Shri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar. These have helped in contributing to the human resources in these fields for various purposes both in the private sector and the government sector. Alumni cameramen and sound engineers are spread across Films Division, Doordarshan, AIR, several public sector undertakings and ISRO to name a few. Besides this, they have contributed to the film industry, in covering sports, wildlife photography to name a few. Sh. VK Murthy, an ace cinematographer who made a mark for himself in Bombay from the first batch brought laurels to SJP when he was awarded the highest honour in film industry, the Dada Saheb Phalke award, which was the only time a technician was decorated with. As alumni, they are indebted to the two stalwarts and as a token of recalling their services, they are meeting in Bengaluru on August 22nd at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. If these visionaries had not started the courses, many of them would not have been what they are today. They felt that it is their duty to recall their services.
-Dr.Srinath (Alumnus, Actor & Producer) Member, Organizing committee.
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