Sharada Ramanathan

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Sharada Ramanathan is an Indian film director, cultural thinker and writer.[1] She made her directional debut in the 2007 Tamil film Sringaram which won three National Film Awards. Her next film Puthiya Thiruppangal is awaiting release. In 2014, directed Natyanubhava, a documentary film said on Indian classical dance, featuring the top dancers ad film technicians in India.

Career[edit]

Prior to entering films, Sharada Ramanathan was engaged with the fields of media and culture.[2][3] She was involved with social and cultural movements such as SPIC MACAY and CRY. She was highly instrumental in setting up India Foundation for the Arts, a philanthropy organisation to encouraging fine arts in India.[4] She was also associated with Ford Foundation as its "Program Officer".[5][6] She made her first feature film Sringaram (2007), a story set in the early 19th century, depicts the life of a Devadasi.[7] After getting screened at various film festivals,[8] the film got a theatrical release in 2007 and went on to win three National Film Awards and two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.[6][9] The film was critically acclaimed. Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu noted, "Sringaram is an aesthetic showcase of first time maker Sharada Ramanathan's potential".[10] She was one of the jury members of the 54th National Film Awards.[11] Her second film Puthiya Thiruppangal which deals with child trafficking is awaiting release. Unlike her previous film which was a period drama, Puthiya Thiruppangal is set in the contemporary period and made on "commercial format".[6] As of 2014, Sharada's third project Natyanubhava, is a documentary which is said to be based on Indian classical dance.[5] The film produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust and funded by the Ministry of External Affairs.[12]

Other works[edit]

Apart from her film career, Sharada has also worked as a journalist writing for various dailies, journals and magazines.[5] She is associated with United Nations Development Programme, and is a board member of the World Culture Forum – India. She also serves as a member of the advisory board of Access Atlantech Edutainment.[5]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramnarayan, Gowri (14 March 2008). "Window to a woman’s world". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Competition Section – 2006" (PDF). Press Information Bureau. p. 20. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Manmadhan, Prema (8 June 2012). "Wedded to cinema". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Director's Biography" (PDF). International Film Festival of India. p. 20. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Sharada Ramanathan – India". Creative Business Cup. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Ashok Kumar, S. R. (13 April 2013). "Movie with a message". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Warrier, Shobha. "A crossover film about devdasis". Rediff.com. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "The visuals did evoke a lot of curiosity". Rediff.com. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Srinivas, Saraswathy. "Sringaram's album, a collector's item". Rediff.com. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (5 October 2007). "Aesthetic and appealing – Sringaram". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "54th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Krupa, Lakshmi (31 December 2013). "5,000 years in 52 minutes". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 February 2014.