Chitraloka.Com enters its last teenage year on June 26. A year less than two decades ago, Chitraloka became the first dedicated website for Kannada films. This was even before some newspapers had their own websites. The oldest portal for Kannada films is still young at 19, its last teenager year. There is also something special this birthday.
The election to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce is also scheduled on June 26. It is a coincidence that not only is Chitraloka celebrating its birthday on the same day, its editor KM Veeresh is contesting for the post of Treasurer in KFCC. Chitraloka has grown from being just a provider of news about Kannada films to a publisher of books about Kannada films and Kannada film personalities and a production house making Kannada films. The Chitraloka family has grown to encompass many aspects of Kannada film industry.
Chitraloka.Com was launched on June 26, 2000. It opened the world of Internet to the Kannada film industry and the Kannada film industry to the world. For the first time there was 'breaking news' about Kannada films. For the first time there was instant updates about Sandalwood which people from around the world could access immediately. This was long before smartphones, Apps and social media. Chitraloka became a pioneer and grew along with Sandalwood in the last two decades.
Chitraloka gained many credits along the way. It became the highest ranked website from Karnataka pretty early. It became the biggest repository of Kannada film photographs. Several exhibitons of the photographs have been held and twice this entered the Limca Book of Records. There were many personality specific photo exhibitions also.
The success of Chitraloka would not have been possible without the support of the Kannada film fans, our readers, advertisers and well wishers. Chitraloka thanks them wholeheartedly.