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Kuppuswamy Naidu

The death of Kuppuswamy Naidu, owner of the Chamundeshwari Studios and Laboratories in the wee hours of Sunday Morning has removed a great innovator and humanist who paved the way for strengthening of film Infrastructure in the state of Karnataka. Kuppuswamy Naidu's long journey as a studio owner of repute pioneered the growth of the Kannada film industry and he is responsible for the Kannada film industry to take firm roots in the state.

Kuppuswamy was not only a businessman, but a man of innovations. He was also a humanist who helped the producers in the Kannada film industry. He clearly understood the problems of the producers and tried to help out them in whatever way possible.

Kuppuswamy took the complete ownership of the Chamundeshwari Studios in the mid seventies. Before that he had worked in Pakshiraaja Studios of Coimbatore, though the studio belonged to his family. After gaining experience in various sections of the laboratories, Kuppu came down to Bangalore to take up the responsibility of Chamundeshwari Studio. In 1972, he produced "Subhadra Kalyana' directed by Kanagal Prabhakara Shashtri.

Kuppuswamy Naidu understood the importance of latest technical equipment and he tried his level best to upgrade his studio's equipment all the time. That is why he reacted very fast when new instruments and techniques were introduced. He strengthened the existing instruments and materials at the same time. The DTS recording system, the new dubbing and editing techniques were introduced by him as soon as they became the state of the art technology.

Kuppuswamy built three floors for shooting of Kannada films, and until a fire accident during the early nineties all the three floors were busy. Many top Kannada films were produced here. But after the fire accident, a disgusted Naidu decided not to take shooting schedule assignments. Many award winning films like "Chomanadudi' were recorded in the Chamundeshwari Studios. It is too well known that a Veteran actor like Dr. Vishnuvardhan continued to dub only in Chamundeshwari studios even if the films post production work was being done in other studios.

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