Faculty at Ramanaidu Film School
Venkatesh Chakravarthy started teaching at the Film & Television Institute of Tamilnadu from 1983-1987. In 1988 he played a key role in designing the first Bachelor’s Degree Course in Visual Communication in the region which was launched by Loyola College, Chennai, in 1989. After various assignments with some of the leading production houses he went to Malaysia to teach the first post graduate course in Screen Studies in that region at the Science University of Malaysia, Penang from 1999-2002. On his return, he wrote a critically acclaimed play Mirror, which has been performed in theatre festivals and workshops in India and Abroad. In 2005 he worked as the Executive Producer of an Indian English feature film – Framed – which was written and directed by Chetan Shah and produced by Raw-film. This was followed by his critically acclaimed documentary feature, Chennai: The Split City in 2006, following which he worked as a Senior Faculty member at the Mind-screen Film Institute founded by the ace cinematographer, Rajiv Menon. In 2008, it is with his well-researched curriculum design that the Ramanaidu Film School was founded by Suresh Productions at Hyderabad, where he served as the Dean and the Professor & Head of the Department of Direction & Screenwriting till joining L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy in July 2014 as it Regional Director.From June 2017 to May 2018 he served as the Dean of Media Studies at SRM University, Ramapuram at Chennai.On June 2018, he returned to Ramanaidu Film School to take over charge as Dean, Academics. Venkatesh Chakravarthy has written books on cinema in Tamil and has published book chapters, essays and papers in peer reviewed academic journals apart from a variety of article in Tamil and English in the mainstream press. He has also made formal presentations at the New York University and Michigan State University apart from making a presentation at a conference organized by WACC in collaboration with Griffith University at Brisbane Australia. He has provided script consultancy to feature films such as Vedam,Vaanam and Krishanam Vande Jagadgurum; and has 90 edited hours of television programmes as a Director and Editor to his credit.
RAJ KUMAR ROY
PROFESSOR OF FILM ART AND AESTHETICS
Rajkumar Roy is a graduate of Political Science from St. Xaviers College, Kolkata. After his graduation, he pursued the course in films at The Film and Television Institute, FTII, Pune, in 1988 and obtained a three year Diploma in Film Direction and Screenplay Writing. Subsequently, after stints in assisting in films at Mumbai, he set up an Advertising Production House at Chennai and directed numerous Advertising films and corporate documentaries. He was also associated with Odyssey Video Communications in Bengaluru, as a director of advertising films and videos. He has subsequently worked in documentaries, music videos; television and internet content, and learnt the logistics of film production by working as production coordinator. Before embarking on a stint at teaching films, he spent many years doing research and studies in the area of Film Aesthetics, Theory and Cinema history. In the year 2009, he joined the Ramanaidu Film School, affiliated with the Masters programme of Jawaharlal Nehru Fine Arts University, and became Professor of Film Art and Aesthetics. At RFS, he also teaches Film Editing Principles, Visual Design, and Documentary films. He believes that Film Aesthetics and History should be an integral part of Film making Courses, and Cinema Studies an essential field of study on the University level in the country.
Pritham K Chakravarthy is a writer, independent researcher, playwright, director, performer, film critic and activist from Chennai. She graduated Bachelor of Commerce from Madras Christian College, Tambaram. She has extensive experience in the theatre over the last three decades. Her well known performances include: Meendum Meendum, Surya Mukam and her own solo piece about Aravanis: Nirvanam (2000-04). The script and performance for this one woman show by Pritham Chakarvarthy was evolved after six months of research and recorded interviews with members of the Hijra community. This production has toured India, the USA under a Fulbright Fellowship and 2002 Edinburgh International Festival. Pritham Chakravarthy appeared in Mirror – at Prakirthi Foundation, a solo one woman narrative written by Venkatesh Chakravarthy (2003); and Vellavi – at The Other Festival. (2003). She then featured in Orientations, a theatre production by Border Crossings, which opened in London in October 2003. Her Research Experience includes a year as Research Associate, Reproductive Rights in early 20th Century, Director, Dr Sarah Hodges, Warwick University, UK (2003-04); Research Associate, Politics of Temple Entry, Director, Dr. Anupama Rao, Barnard College, Columbia University (2003); Research Associate for ‘Continuing Unity – Nation and State’, Directors Milton Israel and Dipankar Gupta; University of Toronto (2000- 2002). For the Media South Asia Project she conducted surveys and interviews on responses to the satellite media in Tamilnadu. Apart from writing articles and essays in little magazines and the mainstream press in Tamil and English; she is a professional translator who has many books to her credit in English such as the Tamil Pulp Fiction Anthology, Volume I& II, a compilation of many stories by a variety of Tamil authors; Where are you going Monkeys? – Folk tales by Ki. Rajnarayan; Gopalapuram, a novel by Ki. Rajnarayan; The Taming of Women by Sivakami and The Final Solitude by S. Ramakrishnan. She is an experienced television, film and documentary script-writer. She teaches Screenwriting at the Ramanaidu Film School.
PAPPU VENKATA SATYANARAYANA RAO
A well-known ‘acting mentor’ and popularly called as ‘Satyam Yabi’ by his fellow-associates, students and others in film industry. He has been interested in ‘acting’ since his childhood and actively involved especially in stage drama. He constantly encouraged his peer-artists in improving their skills. After his graduation in ‘Arts’, he worked as a Journalist for Daily News Paper ‘Ratna Gharba’ for a decade in Eluru. His passion towards the acting could not stop him to do only the job, but he started giving performances on stage. Later, he joined with ‘Praja Natya Mandali’ and worked as director, writer & chief organizer nearly for four years. Simultaneously, he formed ‘balandanda sangam’ and started conducting numerous eye-opening stage shows against the ‘superstitions’. He became a lead-motivator in his society. He brought awareness about the ‘good-health’ and conducted several health camps, when he headed the ‘Alluri Seetharama Raju Yuvajana Sangam’. Later, he migrated to Vijayawada, joined ‘Vishalandara Daily Newspaper’ as a Proof Reader, and then promoted as Sr. Reporter. He also worked for ‘Telugu Velugu’, a weekly magazine publisher.
The known film distributor Shri Katragadda Narsaiah of ‘Nava Yuga Films’, helped Mr. Satyam Yabi to bring in Cinema industry in 1977. Since then as ‘asst. director’, he worked for several feature films, viz. ‘Radha Krishna’ directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, ‘Pennin Vazhkai’ directed by Vijay, ‘Vishwaroopam’ directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. His journey continued for 2+ decades, and served for many feature films, ‘O adadi O Magadu’, ‘Brahma Chari’, ‘Tirugubatu’, ‘Brahmanaidu’, ‘Adi Dampatulu’, ‘Bangaru Kutumbam’, and many more.
Renowned film personalities, ‘Real Star’ Srihari, ‘Jayam’ fame Sada, Dr. Kiran, Bhanu Prakash, Indranath, Jaya Shree, Karuna, Dhan Raj, Chandra and many other film artists are his students. The veteran director Shri B. Gopal also learned acting techniques from him. He was immensely involved in establishing a ‘dubbing’ academy in Hyderabad during migration of Telugu film industry from Chennai. This initiation was resulted in giving 150+ ‘Dubbing Artists’ to the Telugu industry. Presently he also has associated with ‘Telugu Cine Writers Association’ as Organizing Secretary and he is the founder member of ‘Telugu Film Directors Association’. Mr. Yabi is an expert in giving training in voice culture, characterizations, emotions, reactions and diction.
MURALI KRISHNA SISTLA
Completed his Diploma in Film Technology from M.G.R Government Film & Television Institute, Chennai in 2013 and started working as ‘freelancer’ for popular Television shows viz. Star Vijya, Suvarna, Asianet, Sun, Pudhiyathalaimurai and a few more. As an ‘Asst. DoP’ worked for Tamil feature film ‘Atti’, and ‘Panivizhum Malarvanam’. Later entered into Educational sector and worked as ‘Instructor – Cinematography’ for M.O.P Vaishnav College for Women from 2013 to 2016. He did a short ‘documentary’ on ‘Indian Army Recruitment Camp’ in 2016 as a ‘Cameraman’. Now associated with ‘RFS’ after worked as Lecture in Cinematography in ‘AISFM’.