annada Sourabha maiden presentation to silver screen ‘Kalavu’ (theft) film audio album consisting of four songs was released by topnotch Kalaimamani A Shivamani, international drum specialist and Hamsalekha at a crowded gathering at Renukamba Digital theatre on Monday night after the premiere of the film.

Shivamani ace drummer has worked as rhythm player for ‘Kalavu’ Kannada film. Runa Rizvi, Muni Reddy, MD Pallavi and Sriram have lent their voice for four songs. One of the four in the album is ‘Harikathe’ by MD Pallavi.

M Ravi is new director of this film and S Chinna is the new music director with debutant producers Manjula Somasehkar and Murali Guruappa.

For the premier of ‘Kalavu’ director P Seshadri, Dr Vijaya, Dr KY Narayanaswamy, producer Murali Gurappa. Manjula Somasekhar and others were present.

‘Kalavu’ stars Umasri, Kari Subbu, Hulagappa Kattimani, Jugari Avinash, Shivaji Rao Jadav, Pramila Bengre, Bhavani Prakash, Master Vaibhav and others. Rakesh B is cameraman and the film has story, dialogues, songs, screenplay by KY Narayanaswamy.

What is ‘Kalavu’ all about? Kalavu (Theft) begins with the theft of Rangamma’s buffalo. While the story primarily visits the incidents in a village over one day, it also lays bare the many forms of theft occurring in the lives of the villagers. The story explores the theft of Rangamma’s desires and ambitions, the shattering of Ratni’s dreams of marriage, the loss of Pootlayari’s masculinity and the societal role of the man of the house, the loss of the landlord’s daughter’s love for a man, the theft of the family jewels, the loss of land, spiritual values, and relationships among many other instances that reveal the all-pervasive nature of theft in daily life. Even the machinery of the government is an unwitting participant in the theft of Pootlayari’s manhood.

In the context of a patriarchal society, we see how even in a tradition-bound village Rangamma defies the rules and courageously dons the traditional role of the man in the family. She exemplifies the fact that a woman does not need a man to wear the mantle of responsibility in running a household. When the village thief Patla is accused of stealing the buffalo and is thrashed for his apparent crime, Rangamma is appalled by the violence committed in the name of justice and rejects the Panchayat’s authority as arbiters of the law. She returns home to find that her old mother has died of grief. Eventually, Rangamma continues to shoulder the burden of running her family, embodying feminist strength in a male-dominated world.

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