Mangaluru, August 12, 2015: ‘Kadambari’ a Hindi feature film produced under the banner of Madhusudan Kumar Productions in the year 1975 and recipient of Film Fare Awards the same year, is now available on YouTube. Madhusudan Productions is owned by Mangaluru born eminent artiste as well as film maker Madhusudan Kumar.
The film starring Shabana Azmi, Vijay Arora and Chand Usmani is based on the novel “Dharti Sagar aur Sipiyan” by Jnanpeeth Award winning author Amrita Pritam. Ustad Vilayat Khan scored the music for the film - the only Hindi film he had composed music for after Satyajit Ray’s award winner ‘Jalsa Ghar’ (Music Salon) in Bengali. The other star cast of ‘Kadambari’ include Jeet Surendra, Arpana Chowdhury, V Gopal, Jugnu and Ajith Singh.
The film was termed as ‘trend setter’ by the renowned film critics of those years. One of the songs “Ambar ki ek Paak Surahi” by Asha Bhosle was included in the albums “All Time Greats- ASHA” - “Classical Songs” and other prestigious compilations by (HMV) Saregama, India. Famed singer Kavitha Krishnamurthy made her debut in the film while Ajith Singh sang one of the first ever ‘Pop’ songs in a Hindi film.
‘Kadambari’ which is in Eastman Color is a film of duration one hour and 36 minutes.
About the film maker: Madhusudan Kumar is a well-known visual and performing artiste having his roots in Mangaluru. An Alumnus of St Aloysius College, he learnt art under eminent artistes Peter D’Souza and LK Shevgoor. Son of Mangalore Jarappa and Devaki couple, Madhusudan was adjudged the Best Artist of the University of Mysore during his student days. He later joined the JJ School of Arts in Mumbai. He is the recipient of the prestigious ‘Bhulabhai Memorial Prize’ of ‘Bombay Art Society’. He had invaluable stints of working in the fields of film poster designing, Cine Publicity and later as illustrator at ‘Ratnabharati’ of Ratan Batra and Samar Dasgupta - pioneers in the advertising and publishing arenas. He is also an eminent portrait painter.
In 1971, during the Bangladesh war he produced and directed ‘Symphony,’ a quick documentary on National integration for telecast on ‘Doordarshan’ National network. After making an advertising short film, in 1972 he embarked on making the feature film ‘Kadambari.’
Madhusudan Kumar gave Sitar recital recently at IIT-POWAI - organized by IIT-MADRAS during the world Conference on 5G attended by 123 Scientists. Currently he is engaged to perform patriotic numbers live on Sitar for Raell Padamsee’s MAHATMA – comprising of 200 children, along with Symphony Orchestra established by Sir Jamshedji Bhabha of National Centre for Performing Arts(NCPA), Mumbai.