KGF: Archival newspaper cuttings and photographs (1950s)
Director: Janaki Nair; Cinematographer: R V Ramani
Duration: 00:13:06; Aspect Ratio: 1.366:1; Hue: 31.686; Saturation: 0.121; Lightness: 0.301; Volume: 0.079; Cuts per Minute: 9.537; Words per Minute: 7.096
Summary: "Poradathan Vendum" - We Must Fight
Archival documents from the 1940-50s, including invitation to a "switch on" camera ceremony for a film, sent with permission of John Taylor and Company. This is followed by some footage of Kolar schools and town.
Archival newspaper articles and photographs kept in KGF
"Poradathan Vendum" - We Must Fight
Janaki Nair often places side-by-side the processes of historical research and filmmaking, especially in relation to what visual material is available of the past, what this material says about the present, and what surprising contradictions the present reality offers to history.
"The real challenge of making the film was to translate the knowledge of the historian and the skills of writing into a completely different, visual, medium. Visual material, especially of the past, not surprisingly, was lacking. Neither management nor unions, nor the small community groups, appeared to have maintained any visual records. I could find little to illustrate what I had learned from hours in the archives, and the people I wished to interview seemed unable or unwilling to become the purveyors of my knowledge. They wore their legacy lightly and not at all consciously, since they dealt with more pressing problems of their future. And after all, of what use was this history at a time when the future was at stake?"
Kolar Gold Field, Kolar District, Karnataka
"The Kolar Gold Miners Speak"
"Kolar Thangavayal Thozhilanar-Podhumakkal Nalanukku Maarruna Congress Arasaangam-Vellai Mudhalaali koottu Chadhikku Edhiraaka Onru Serungal" - (roughly) Workers and People of the Kolar Gold Fields! Unite Against the Conspiracy of the While Capitalists and the Congress Government, Who Are Opposed to Public Interest!
Invitation to the "Switch On Ceremony" of the camera sent by Navjyothi Studios, on 10th October, 1951
Archival material, photographs and paintings hung in a small archive in KGF
You should have boarded the train from Maarikuppam, and upto (BEML?). Either side, cutting across the heart of the mines.
Small graveyard in Kolar
'Thangavayal Makkal Anbu Thalaivar" (Beloved Leader of the People of the Gold Field) - Thozhar K. S. Vasan, "Ninaivu Chinnam" (A Symbol of Our Remembrance)