At Dept of Mass Communication, St Joseph’s College, Bangalore

14 Feb. I am updating on the Valentine’s Day? 

May be I should not be so fussy; Valentine’s day is just another commercial gimmick.

We at St Joseph’s College of Arts & Science, Bangalore, had something very important: while the Under Graduate students of the College began their two-day fest Visage-14, the Post Graduate students of Mass Communication had a beautiful time listening to a film star-cum-politician: Mr Kumar Bangarappa! 

The hero of 19 films in Kannada (and Telugu) is the son of Karnataka’s former chief minister and member of Parliament late Mr Sarekoppa Bangarappa. Image

Kumar Bangarappa was our student at St Joseph’s Indian High School, and then at this very St Joseph’s College, Bangalore! So, no doubt, when Fr Sunit request Kumar to come as the chief guest at the Visages, he was more than delighted. And then I suggested why not he spend some time with the Mass Communication students chatting and answering their questions. First Fr Sunith thought it was a good idea; then Mr Kumar Bangarappa was graceful to accept it.Image

Mr K Bangarappa was all grace and gentleness! Almost all were touched by his simplicity, politeness, sincerity and spontaneity of sharing! He spoke about his family – the artistic family (differing from me when I termed it a ‘political’ family), his time as a boy wanting to pose with Kannada matinee star Dr Rajkumar, his entry into politics, women in cinema, etc! Above all discipline and values in life!

By the way, this is the fourth interaction with the media industry person for my media students! Each one was better than the previous one! 

Greater things are in store for the Josephites: the mass communication students!

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