Arts & Culture
Print edition : October 18, 2013
From Mysore to Bangalore
In "School Master" (1958), the high-minded schoolteacher Ranganna (B.R. Panthulu), who is apparently Brahmin, returns as headmaster to the primary school in his own native village and proceeds to set it right. But what he sets right here is corruption, which had always been the bane of Mysore. Another important motif in the movie is a romance outside the marriage networks and caste to signify the new affiliations brought about by linguistic reorganisation.
Kannada cinema began by addressing the citizens of the former princely state of Mysore. Only in the 1990s did it enlarge its territory to include Bangalore. BY M.K. RAGHAVENDRA