IFFK calls for autonomy of art and cultural institutions

Thiruvananthapura, Dec 7: The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) raised the need for autonomy of government-run art and cultural institutions at the inaugural Open Forum session on the topic ‘Legacy of Film and Television Institute of India’, held at Tagore Theatre today.

“The wrong people are appointed at these organisations, eventually eroding their quality,” said renowned filmmaker M S Sathyu.  “These institutions should be free from political and bureaucratic appointments, like the National School of Drama. Professionals should head the organisations to enable its complete autonomy.”

Noted directors Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Girish Kasaravalli, K R Mohanan, T Rajeevnath and film editor B Ajith Kumar, participated in the session moderated by acclaimed film editor Beena Paul.

According to Adoor, governments should consult experts before making decisions on these institutes. “We are protesting against the political appointment of Gajendra Chauhan only because he is not eligible to be the chairman of the new governing council at the Film and Television Institute of India,” he said. 

Kasaravalli highlighted the contribution of film institutions which changed “the complexion of Indian cinema”. “The administration does not want a generation who thinks analytically,” added Kasaravalli.

Kerala Chalachitra Academy Chairman Rajeevnath said that academy would extend its full support to the students protesting the appointment of Chauhan.

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