Tag Archives: Karnataka Photo News

T.S. SATYAN Awards for Photojournalists

sans serif is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural T.S. Satyan Memorial Awards for Photojournalism, instituted by India’s first web-based photosyndication agency, Karnataka Photo News, in association with churumuri.com, in memory of the legendary photojournalist who passed away two Decembers ago. The awards will be presented by the governor of Karnataka, H.R. Bhardwaj,…

The hard life and tough times of beat journalists

Despite the exponential growth of media in recent years, few facilities have been created for mediapersons to cover public events of note, with their shirts intact. Exhibit A, above, is the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore. For years now, the governor’s house has been a beehive of political activity. Yet, journalists assigned to cover Karnataka chief…

In Bangalore, 14 parties for media in 36 months

PALINI R. SWAMY writes from Bangalore: Although the size of the Karnataka market is smaller than Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Bangalore probably has the largest news media presence than the other three southern capitals and perhaps most other cities, barring Bombay and Delhi. At last count, there were 14 major morning brands (eight…

The woman who happily shot Nehru and Gandhi

India’s first woman photojournalist, Homai Vyarawalla—“Dalda” to her peers, “Mummy” to juniors—who was awarded the nation’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan this year, at an exhibition of her work at national gallery of modern art (NGMA), in Bangalore on Thursday. Photograph: Karnataka Photo News Read the coverage: The Times of India, Bangalore Mirror…

Prabhu Chawla: ‘TV is dishing out cheap opinion’

Prabhu Chawla, the editorial director of the New Indian Express, delivered the convocation address to the class of 2011 at the Indian institute of journalism & new media (IIJNM), in Bangalore, on Monday. Chawla’s salient points: # Something is rotten in the state of Indian media: Journalists have forgotten that they must report violations, not…

To get you the right angle, they sit at mad angles

Newspaper photographers bend, kneel down and squat to take a bottom-up view of Infosys chief executive officer and managing director, “Kris” Gopalakrishnan in Bangalore on Thursday. The IT bellwether’s third-quarter results, which were below expectations of Dalal Street, pushed down the 30-stock Bombay sensitive index, Sensex, by 350 points. Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Survival of tallest when politics hits a new low

Initially barred from entering the Karnataka legislative assembly to cover proceedings on the day the trust motion moved by the BJP government of B.S. Yediyurappa was coming up, television cameramen compete with each other to capture the chaotic (and shameful) scenes in Bangalore on Monday. Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Income, outgo, assets, liabilities, profit and loss

With journalistic integrity, both individual and institutional, increasingly under question with the spurt of paid news, private treaties, mediating, brokering and other wheeling and dealing, there have been growing calls for journalists to also declare their assets and liabilities, much like politicians, judges and bureaucrats. Ravi Belagere (in picture), the colourful and sometimes controversial editor…

Well-armed gunmen shoot unarmed woman

On World Photography Day, visitors write thousands of words to the background music of a fountain at Lal Bagh in Bangalore on Thursday. Photograph: Karnataka Photo News 2009: A lensman’s eyes reaches parts others’ eyes don’t 2008: With so many legs, who on earth needs a tripod? *** Also read: Is the end nigh for…

Why the internet won’t replace newspapers—III

At a rally organised by the Congress party in Bellary on Monday, upon the culmination of a fortnight-long pada yatra (foot march) from Bangalore, 320 km away, members of the audience use newspapers to protect themselves from the searing sun in Sonia Gandhi‘s former constituency. Photograph: Karnataka Photo News Also read: Newspapers as wall paper…

If TV cameras are OK, why not still cameras?

The courts do not allow photographers to shoot pictures inside a courtroom, although they will allow illustrators to get away drawing courtroom scenes which have almost no likeness with reality. Ditto, the legislature. This, above, is a scene from the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore where a joint session of the State legislature is on. Photographers…

A garland and a platter of fruits on turning 90

The veteran Kannada journalist Patil Puttappa is felicitated by Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa on turning 90, in his hometown, Hubli, on Sunday, 17 January 2010. For a language whose journalism only goes back to 1840, Dr Puttappa is a pioneer and still a rare one at that. “PaaPu”, as he is more affectionately known,…

We’re all maalis in The Great Gardener’s hands

Among his many stand-out traits, the photojournalist T.S. Satyan, who died in Mysore on Sunday, went out of his way to “give back something to the profession that gave them so much”. Even in his 80s, he was ever ready to travel long distances to speak to young students of journalism; delivered anecdote-filled lectures; opened…

For some journos, acting is second string in bow

It looks like it is the season for small screen stars to graduate to the big screen. Sashi Kumar (top frame, left), the Doordarshan newsreader of pre-satellite television days, stars with the Malayalam superstar Mammooty in the new release Loud Speaker. In the movie, Sashi, who now runs the Asian College of Journalism in Madras,…

In a democracy, prince and pauper beg together

Given the kind of space, importance and attention newspapers, magazines and websites give photographs these days, it would not be unfair to say that the just-concluded general elections was visually below-par. There was no stellar frame, no standout picture, no large canvas frame that sticks in the mind’s eye. ‘Astro’ Mohan (in picture, left) of the Kannada daily Udayavani…

Outlook cartoonist bags Maya Kamath award

Sandeep Adhwaryu, the chief illustrator of Outlook magazine, has bagged the first prize in the first “Maya Kamath Memorial Award for excellence in cartooning-2008”, organized by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bangalore. This was the winning entry: The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000. The award is in memory of Maya Kamath, India’s…

A businessman behind an iconic common man

India’s greatest cartoonist, Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman aka R.K. Laxman, inaugurates an exhibition of his work at the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in Bangalore on Friday. Wheeling the legendary Times of India linesman, at right, is ‘Master’ Manjunath, the boy who played “Swami” in the television show Malgudi Days, based on Laxman’s brother, R.K. Narayan‘s famous…

Laughter is best medicine if you can swallow it

Indian politicians have a tremendous sense of humour, compared to Indian film, sport, business and other celebrities who believe the media’s job is, well, advertising. They have an under-appreciated ability to take criticism on their chin and laugh it off, although states like Maharashtra have proved an exception in recent times. But will former Indian…

India’s greatest poet since the Bhakti movement?

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: As Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw showed, if you have to die, you must die somewhere in the vicinity of Delhi, so that the movers, shakers and brokers of the capital can easily assemble to “bid a tearful farewell”. If you write a book, you must write do so somewhere…

When prices diminish to match attention spans

At Church Street in Bangalore, back issues of American and British magazines are available for a fifth of their cover prices. And on K.G. Road in the same city, a roadside hawker tries to woo readers by marking down prices of science magazines in the local language, Kannada. Photographs: Karnataka Photo News