ANNA 100 A Video Documentary With Academic and Research Vision
ANNA 100 is a video documentary with an academic and research vision, among the clutter of videos produced by govt. agencies and Tamil media on the eve of Anna centenary celebrations. The documentary is produced by Prof. R. Thandavan, Dept.of Anna Centre for Public Affairs, University of Madras. It is directed by R R Srinivasan, a well-known documentary filmmaker, who became famous for his Nadhiyin Maranam (Death of a River) and En Peyar Palaru (My Name is Palaru), in association with the Dept.of Mass Media and Communication Studies, University of Madras. Its preliminary version will be launched on 14 09 2009 at Chennai to invite and incorporate public critiques in its final version. R R Srinvasan’s Nadhiyin Maranam created quite a storm when it was released soon after the massacre of 17 people, mostly dalits of a tea estate in Manjolai,Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu, on July 23,1998. It even attracted the wrath of the state government in Tamil Nadu.
The history of social movements in Tamil Nadu is an expansive one covering several centuries and different ideologies. The history of the Dravidian social movement, in contrast, spans only the last 100 years. Despite arriving on the Tamil socio-political landscape lately, the Dravidian social movement has proved its merits in general and ideological prowess in particular through the diverse contributions of disparate social and political parties such as Justice Party, Self-Respect Movement, Dravidar Kazhagam, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, down the past several decades. Among the iconic leaders of the Dravidian social movement, the names of Periyar and Anna stand out in an exemplary manner. The positive socio-political, economic and cultural implications of the stellar contributions of Thanthai E V Ramasamy Periyar and Perarignar C N Annadurai are writ large in the average lives of Tamils in Tamil Nadu, India and abroad. The very significance of the same requires one to go beyond the ephemeral understanding of the patriarchs of Dravidian social movement. On the eve of the Perarignar Anna Centenary year, there is a greater need than before to come to terms with the real essence of his multi-faceted personality and his remarkable contributions to Tamil society. The present attempt in video, ANNA 100, seeks to fulfil the same objective by trying to provide in one plane a relatively good historiography of the several tracts of Dravidian social movement even while rooting for the documentation of Perarignar Anna’s life, times and contributions.
ANNA 100 is an ongoing project. In its ultimate transformation, it will be providing adequate scope for the incorporation of the suggestions, comments and any mode of critique of the preliminary version that is being screened today. The final versions will be available in unabridged long version (several hours) for researchers in India and abroad as well as a standard version (100 mins.) for the benefit of general public.