14 Jul Dr. C.S. Venkiteswaran
A film critic, associate professor, documentary filmmaker and writer, C S Venkiteswaran is a bilingual writer both in English and Malayalam. He won the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 2009 and was also chosen as a jury member at the 60th National Film Awards.
He published a book on filmmaker K R Mohanan, ‘Samanthara Yathrakal – K R Mohanante Cinema’ published by IFFT in 2005 and with Lalit Mohan Joshi edited a book on filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, ‘A Door to Adoor’. He was the Artistic Director of the Signs film festival for short films and documentaries.
He has been an active presence in the Film Society Movement from the mid seventies. As a documentary filmmaker, he won the National Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film in 1995 along with M.R. Rajan for ‘Pakarnattam – Ammannur- The Actor’, a work on the life of Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, the exponent of ‘Koodiyattam’. This film also won the Kerala State Award for the Best Documentary category in the same year.