Legendary Film Archivist P.K.Nair Passed Away


P.K.Nair, the founder director of the Nationl Film Archive of India has passed away. He was 86. Nair, who was in critical condition since the last 10 days, passed away at a hospital in Pune due to cardiac arrest. He was instrumental in archiving several landmark Indian Films such as Dadasahe Phalke’s ” Raja Harishchndra ” and ” Kaliya Mardan”. 


Paramesh Krishnan Nair, who had dedicated his life to preservation of films and building the collection of films at the NFAI. Nair joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune as a research assistant in 1961 and went on to play a key role in  setting up  the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) in 1964. He was appointed assistant curator in 1965  and continued with the NFAI till 1991.



By the time when Mr. Nair retired as NFAI director, he had acquired a whopping 12,000 films for the archive out Of these, 8,000 were Indian and the rest foreign films. His life and work has been immortalized in the documentary Celluloid Man, made by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.


Mr. Nair went to Kolkata to meet Uday Shankar and get a copy of his dance-drama, ‘Kalpana’. This adventure in search of missing prints became a binding passion for Nair. He traveled far and wide in the country, in trains, buses, and with local guides. Some of the classics he retrieved from oblivion and saved for posterity are:  Kaliya Mardan, Bombay Talkies’ films such as Jeevan Naiya,  Bandhan, Kangan, Achhut Kanya and Kismet.

So lets discuss some questions related to this article which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Name the legendary film archivist who has been passed away recently ?
2. Expand the term of FTII and NFAI.
3. Name the place where the Film and Television Institute of India is located ?





Courtesy : The Hindu 

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