Onkara (The Ascension) Heads to Kolkata International Film Festival - 2023
Onkara marks a historic milestone as the inaugural film created in Markodi, the indigenous language of the Mavilan tribe.
Markodi is a language without a written script, and its rich heritage is passed down through generations orally.
The film Onkara was exclusively filmed within the dense forest, where the characters exclusively communicate in Markodi.
The movie showcases various Gotra Theyams, Mangalamkali, and incorporates six traditional songs from ancient times, offering viewers a unique window into a world that remains concealed from outsiders.
Vyaasa Chitraa's third film, Onkara (The Ascension), has been selected to participate in the competition section of the 29th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) within the National Competition on Indian Languages Section, scheduled to take place from December 5 to 12, 2023.
Onkara' is a groundbreaking cinematic achievement as the first film ever created in the Markodi tribal language. The film stars Sudhir Karamana in the lead role, portraying a Theyam artist. This unique production will have its premiere at the upcoming International Film Festival in Kolkata, scheduled for December.
The central theme of the 'Onkara' movie revolves around creating awareness and facilitating knowledge-sharing to uplift tribal communities. Our director, Unni, and Vishnu Vadakkepat, held a special screening for officials of the Vana Vasi Kalyan Yogana in Hyderabad. The officials were deeply moved by the film's profound portrayal of tribal culture and practices. We also convened a meeting with the Vana Vasi organization in Kerala, and they have expressed their wholehearted commitment to support this cause.
Furthermore, we have shared the film with the UNESCO Heritage Division with the aim of expanding the reach and impact of our initiatives.
Scent of Cigar (ചുരുട്ടിന്റെ ഗന്ധം) - Award winning Malayalam Feature Film.
Arunadrutham (അരുണാദൃതം) - Audio and Video albums on Vadakkepat Bhaskara Gupta's poems.
Audio release, 27 Dec 2015, 3-6 pm, Lions School Auditorium, Koppam, Palakkad, Kerala.
Qatar Release, 13 May 2016, Padmasree Kalamandalam Kshemavathy and Fahad Fazil, Bijeesh Krishna.
Doordarshan (DD National) Mohiniyattam dance by Padmasree Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, Ganesha Vandanam: Gananadhan, Lyrics: Vadakkepat Bhaskara Gupta, Music: Bijeesh Krishna, 29 Mar 2016, 11.30 pm.
Intimate Theatre Drama, 26 Feb 2016, 6-8 pm, The Palakkad Fine Arts Society Hall, Tharekkad Village, Palakkad, Kerala.
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