World's first Sanskrit Science Film
World’s first Science Sanskrit Film

World’s first Science Sanskrit Film on ‘Mangalyaan mission‘ set to enthral audience on August 21

Cinephiles around the globe will soon have a moment of contentment when they will be greeted with the first-ever science-Sanskrit film, ‘Yaanam’ that revolves around India’s successful Mangalyaan mission. The much-awaited science documentary is all set to be premiered before a selected audience on August 21 this month in Chennai. The Science-Sanskrit saga portrays the successful odyssey of India’s historic Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) alias ‘Mangalyaan’.

It is expected that ISRO Chairman S Somanath would launch the premier in Chennai at a function, which will also see the presence of former chairman of the space agency K Radhakrishnan and the present Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director S Unnikrishnan Nair.

Ravi Kottarakkara, secretary, South Indian film chamber, would also take part in the programme, said national award winning filmmaker Vinod Mankara, who helmed the docu-film.

Yaanam ‘ is based on K Radhakrishnan’s book ‘My Odyssey Memoirs of the Man Behind the Mangalyaan Mission’, he added.

Notably, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was successfully launched in 2013 by the country’s premier space agency the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Marking India’s first venture into interplanetary space, MOM explores and observes Mars surface features, morphology, mineralogy and the Martian atmosphere. Further, a specific search for methane in the Martian atmosphere will provide information about the possibility or the past existence of life on the planet.

The Idea of Yaanam

The prime objective of the science documentary is to project the potentials of the ISRO and the capabilities of Indian scientists before the world. It also delineates how the Indian scientists have overcome all the hurdles and made the complex Mars mission a massive success, that too in the first attempt.

“The movie was made with the complete support of ISRO, and added that the 45-minute documentary is a complete Sanskrit film by all means as the entire script and dialogues are in the ancient language,” Director of Yaanam Vinod Mankara informed.

The majority of the ancient texts of the sub-continent including that of space and astronomy were compiled in Sanskrit and so what is wrong in using that language as medium in a movie which tells about the country’s Mars mission, Mankara added.

Vinod Mankara’s “Priyamanasam”, only the third Sanskrit flick in the world, had won the national award for the best feature film in that language. Further, it was also the opening movie in the feature section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the year 2015.

Besides screening it for the scientists community and in universities and colleges in the country, the director also plans a global premier of his documentary. The 4K digital DTS movie is produced by A V Anoop under the banner AVA Productions.

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