Bridge over troubled waters
Housed in a nondescript house in West Venkatapuram, Alwal, the Communications Resource Centre (CRC) may be difficult to find. Inside, a team is team works to meet their larger goal of being a window to an India that does not make it into its mainstream media or popular culture. The core team — Vishy, his wife Manisha, Shikha Singh, Lokesh Meesala, Sivanarayanan, K.V. Moulika and Ramanjaneyulu — are dedicated to making films that bring out stories from different nooks and corners of the country, stories that would otherwise remain unheard, stories that have the power to impact both the subject and the viewer of the film.
CRC was established two years ago with little more than the wealth of experience, passion and dedication of both Vishy and Manisha, who have decades of experience as journalists on the field. The space is also a learning ground for many young people looking to contribute to their mission; like interns, including many from the University of Hyderabad, Vishy’s and Manisha’s alma mater. Some like Shikha remain, while others move on with a better idea about documentary film making. Last month, Vishy was conferred the Karamveer Puraskaar award for his work in the field, a well deserved honour for an unsung hero.