10 September 2012

Indian Firsts in Film History (14 - 17)

My Dear Kuttichaathan (1984)
First 3-D film: A Malayalam film, produced in 1984, dubbed in Hindi as Chhota Chetan.

Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
First Hindi film screened at the United Nations on 10 November 2006

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Music director to win an Oscar and first double Oscar winner-Mr. A. R. Rahman

Dasavatharam (2008)
Kamal Hasan An actor to enact 10 roles

Indian Firsts in Film History (10 - 13)

Yaadein (1964) 
Guinness Book of World Records in the category Fewest actors in a narrative film: Yaadein (1964) directed and acted by Sunil Dutt

Gandhi (1982)
First Oscar for Best Costume Design: Bhanu Athaiya for Best Costume Design

Padayottam (1982)
First Indian 70 mm film: A Malayalam film

Hum Log (1984)
Sponsored Hindi TV serial, started on July 7, 1984, was also the first soap opera of India, ran for 156 episodes 

09 September 2012

Indian Firsts in Film History (6 -9)

Pather Panchali (1955)
First Film to win highest number of international awards 11 awards, including Cannes.
Oscar for Lifetime Achievement: Director Satyajit Ray (1992)
Films to be considered as All-Time 100 best movies: Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar(1959)) by Satyajit Ray

Mother India (1957)
First Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
The film ranks among the all-time Indian box office hits and has been described as "an all-time Indian blockbuster" and "perhaps India's most revered film".

Kagaz Ke Phool (1959)
First 75 mm Cinema scope film
India's equivalent of "Sunset Boulevard"

Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
First Colorized film: Mughal-e-Azam in 2004 (the original black-and-white version was released in 1960)
During the re-release the film ran for 25 weeks and probably there is no other example of any film running for 25 weeks in its re-release.

Indian Firsts in Film History (1-5)

Raja Harishchandra (1913)
First Silent Film and First Full-length Indian Feature Film to be made by Dadasaheb Phalke

Alam-Ara (1931)
First Sound Film, directed by Ardeshir Irani
First Talkie Actress:Zubeida
De de khuda ke naam per - The first song of the Indian cinema

Kisan Kanya (1937)
First Colour film directed by Moti B. Gidvani
Film made entirely in India, was processed and printed in Germany

Neecha Nagar (1946)
First Indian cinema to get Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival
Directed by Chetan Anand

Shyamchi Aai (1953)
First Indian cinema to get Golden Lotus Award for Best Film at the National Film Awards in 1954.
Shyamchi Aai is a Marathi film , directed by P.K.Atre.

30 May 2012

CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala, INDIA

The CMS College (CMS College Kottayam) is the first college in Kerala, India. It was started by the Church Missionary Society, England, in 1817 when no institution existed in the then-Travancore state to teach English. The Rev. Benjamin Bailey was the first principal of The College.The government welcomed the College as "a place of general education whence any demands of the state for officers to ...fill all departments of public service would be met". In the early years, the curriculum included the study of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Mathematics, History and Geography besides English, Malayalam, Sanskrit and Syriac. In 1838, the College was shifted to the wooded hillock — the present site — commanding views of the distant Western Ghats. One of the oldest buildings in the campus is Room 52 or "Grammar School" as it was then named. The College magazine in Malayalam was started in 1864 by Principal Richard Collins, after whom the college library is named.

In 1857 the college was affiliated to Madras University soon after its incorporation and the college presented students for the Matriculation examination. The college provided free education to all the students until 1855 when the fee of 1 Rupee a month began to be collected from each student. The total number of students in 1870 was only 129. In 1880, the Maharaja of Travancore who visited the College observed: "Long before the state undertook the humanizing task of educating the subjects, the Christian Missionaries had raised the beacon of knowledge in the land".

In 1890, two-year classes were started and the first batch of students was presented for the F.A Examination in 1892. It was in 1938 that female students were admitted in the College for the first time.

In 1840, the number of students in the College was 220. In 1950, Degree classes were started and by 1960, the number of students in the college rose to 1250. Postgraduate classes were started in 1959. The college is now affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

In 1981, the Synod of the Church of South India transferred the management of the college to the C.S.I. Madhya Kerala Diocese.

Thy Word Is Truth is the motto of the College.

In 1999 the college was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with five star status. Later in 2004 the University Grants Commission (UGC) accorded the status of college with Potential for Excellence (CPE).

The alumni of the college include Dr. K. R. Narayanan, former President of India; Mr.K. P. S. Menon; formulator of Indian foreign policy; Sardar K. M. Panicker, former ambassador to China; Dr. E.C.G Sudharshan, world famous physicist; Padmabhooshan Dr. Jacob Chandy, noted neurosurgeon; Justice K. T. Thomas, former Judge of the Supreme Court of India; Padmabhooshan Sri. K. M. Mathew, former chief Editor of Malayala Manorama; Mr.Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala; Mr.Suresh Kurup, former Member of Parliament; Etc.