Friday, August 19, 2011

KAILOWESOME!!







Even though born a "Kannadiga"(this is the term used for an Indian born in the state of Karnataka and speak Kannada as his native language),I was unaware of Mr .T.P Kailasam and his contributions to the Kannada language and theater world.People say "There is no meaning to your life if you have not read or seen Mr kailasam's novels after being a kannadiga".So it seemed like my life was lifeless until recently when watched this awesome Platinum Remi award winner kannada movie named "Kailowesome"in a movie site.
     We would  have often heard about a few people in the past ,but hardly found the time to go over their biography and research about them.This particular movie was so impressive that it captivated me from the beginning to the end.Even though lasting for a short duration,this "typical art type movie"had something different in it.It literally swept us through the mind of Kailasam himself and had him speak to us "alive".Yes ,imagine the characters of his novel and plays coming to life and criticising him and analysing the modifications he should have made in the story or the nature of their personality !That's how the director had stitched the sequence of the movie.His plays which were usually based on female characters had all the different aspects of their personalities.There was a widower to a traditional village lady to a prostitute.The important aspect is he had a outstanding  element of humor in all his plays .Though born in a Tamil family in Karnataka ,he had immense love towards Kannada language literature.He graduated from London as a Geologist and later came down to his home country to serve for his own language.
      Kailasam was the only person who had dared to introduce modern,slang English mixed  words into the Kannada language plays.Though these words were often used in the spoken language ,nobody dared to use it in the written literature .Though initially criticised for his play with the language ,he was later prominently admired by most of the literary personalities and common public.He had this peculiar fascinating element of creating hymns like that in Sanskrit in Kannada language which seemed like a traditional prose ,but factually was a rib tickling prose .Also he created his own Kannada versions of the famous English songs which he heard throughout his stay in London  and "Indianised it ".For ex:The famous song "It's a long long way to Tipperary,long way to go .To the sweetest girl I know,but my heart's right there"was modified and humorously crafted as "Namma Tipparalli balu dura,nadeyak balu dura...adare alli avale namma basavi".Tipparalli is a village in karnataka and "basavi "is a character created by him.It sounds very hilarious in the kannada language.Song link .His another famous song "Kolike ranga .."is also based on the eternal English song"Constantinople,C,O ,N S ...It's as easy to sing as you sing your A B C ".The Kannada version is really really hilarious.Here is the link to that .Even for those who cannot follow the language ,it can be funny.Kolike song .These famous songs were penned mainly for the plays which he created.He wrote only 17 plays in Kannada language but those plays left an everlasting impression on the Kannada literature and the society.The famous ones were "Tollu Ghatti","Gandasgatti" "sule"etc .Kailasam being a smoker and an addict to liquor , created a prose in Kannda which reflected his personality .The saying "There is only one Kilasam in Kannada and One Beechi for humor"is justified.(beechi is another famous humorist in kannada literature).

Ps: If you find time ,my fellow bloggers ,do not forget to watch this short movie which is  a reflection of his personality and also an justification of a crafted master piece.There are English subtitles ,so it's easy to follow.

Link to this movie"SIMPLY KAILOWESOME"

19 comments:

NRIGirl said...

Nice to see you back Raji and thank you for the informative post on Mr. Kailasam. I know for sure I would have never ever come across his if not for your blog.

So , thank you!

A said...

Very informative post. I second NRIGirl on that :)))

Rachna said...

I live in Karnataka and have never heard of him. I am longing for the day when I can watch a Kannada movie and pick up enough Kannada to do that. Thank you for the info.

Raamwanti said...

great, i really enjoyed the movie. thank god for the subtitles .. more such links will be appreciated!

Onkar said...

Very interesting. We really need to discover our jewels.

raji said...

@rachna .hey starange part is even i didnt know much about him till recently.If you haven't watched any kannada movie yet ,then try watching"muttina hara ",a 90's film first ,because very few movies are classy these days.But there are a few very good movies too .Then ,the one I told "simply kailasam "has english subtitles too .so try watching.:)

raji said...

@A and NRI thanks a lot.

raji said...

@raamwanti thanks for visiting.Nice to know that you watched the movie!

raji said...

@onkar yes true:)

SM said...

informative post
thanks for sharing.

....Petty Witter said...

Always fascinating to read about people of different cultures/faiths etc, many thanks for this informative post.

rama said...

Nice information, Raji, would try to see this movie. I have heard about this writer, but did not know he was more in to Kannada literature.

....Petty Witter said...

Stopping by to say hello.

Stranger said...

very informative post Raji... thank you

Alka Gurha said...

Never knew about him...having lived in blore, I can understand Kannada but I cannot read or speak.Great share.

NRIGirl said...

Knock! Knock! Who is there?!

anupama said...

hey Raji thanks for the post.... i saw the movie... too good...

had seen HOME RULE drama last year, so this film was a pleasure to watch :)

....Petty Witter said...

Hello, here's hoping all is well with you and yours.

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