Chitraloka.com editor, KM Veeresh recollects his association with RG Vijayasarathy. With the death of RG Vijayasarathy, I have lost a close friend, mentor and guide. Though our association was basically professional, it went beyond that and he became a very close friend over the years.
It was the early 1980s and I was in college. I participated in an inter-collegiate competition and the quiz programme was organised in the Akashavani building on Raj Bhavan Road. RG Vijayasarathy was the quiz master who conducted the competition. A couple of years later, I completed college and become a professional photographer. RGV was a well-known sports correspondent and our friendship became thicker. Later on we used to go and cover international and national cricket matches. He used to do write-ups and I used to take photographs. We travelled to other states to cover test and international matches and other sports events. I was in his company including the coverage of the first and only Miss World competition that was held in Bangalore.
When the Internet and websites were in their nascent stage and when the Kannada film industry did not bother about them, RGV was one of the first persons to boldly venture into it. Even journalists back then had scant idea about writing for websites. RGV showed them the way. When Chitraloka.com started operations, it was the first website dedicated to news about the Kannada film industry. RGV started writing to chitraloka from 2006.
Yesterday when RGV was admitted to hospital his brother told he had sent Mynaa movie review to chitraloka from hospital.
RGV's contribution to chitraloka is immense.