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NIMITHAM

  • We’ll feature you on the ‘Wall of Funders’ on our website
  • We’ll send you a specially made Channapatna-style character figurine
  • We’ll give you a loud thank you shout out on our Facebook page

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DRISHYAM

  • You made it! We’ll feature your name in the movie's Special Thanks credits
  • You are special to us! We’ll send you an exclusive ‘Online Preview Pass’ to Punyakoti- the movie, one day before the release
  • All Nimitham rewards

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DARSHANAM

  • You made it! We’ll feature your name in the movie's Special Thanks credits
  • We’ll send you an exclusive ‘Funder's Golden Ticket’ to Punyakoti- the movie Premiere
  • Have a special ‘Organic Dinner’ with us in Bangalore!
  • All Nimitham rewards

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DAANAM

  • You’ll get the movie’s music score-sheet composed by the Maestro Ilaiyaraaja himself!
  • A canvas painting of the 'Art of Punyakoti'
  • All Darshanam rewards

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YAGNAM

  • You are our movie’s Associate Producer! You’ll get an exclusive mention in the movie credits
  • You’ll get the movie’s music score-sheet composed by the Maestro Ilaiyaraaja himself!
  • Share a story about honesty that inspired you, and we’ll feature it on our website and blog permanently! 
  •  A canvas painting of the 'Art of Punyakoti'
  • All Darshanam rewards

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SHRISHTI

  • You are our music album’s Associate Producer! You’ll get an exclusive mention in the music album credits
  • Share a story about honesty that inspired you, and we’ll feature it on our website and blog permanently!
  • All Daanam rewards

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ARPANAM

  • Don the ‘Producer’s Cap’- we’ll credit you as the Co-producer of the movie
  • We’ll give you the ‘Producer's Golden Ticket’ – an invite to the special screening of the movie of the movie in Bangalore!
  • Be a part of the ‘Insider’s Club’ – join us for creative workshops in Bangalore.
  • Share a story about honesty that inspired you, and we’ll feature it on our website and blog permanently!
  • A canvas painting of the 'Art of Punyakoti'.
  • All Nimitham rewards.

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GOPURAM

  • Don the ‘Producer’s Cap’- we’ll credit you as the Co-producer of the music album and movie
  • We’ll give you the ‘Producer's Golden Ticket’ – an invite to the special screening of the movie of the movie in Bangalore!
  • Be a part of the ‘Insider’s Club’ – join us for creative workshops in Bangalore.
  • Share a story about honesty that inspired you, and we’ll feature it on our website and blog permanently!
  • A canvas painting of the 'Art of Punyakoti'.
  • All Nimitham rewards.

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About the project


Animators from across the world have come together to make a Sanskrit animated movie called Punyakoti. This movie is based on a popular and beloved folksong from South India. The music album for this movie has been composed by the legendary music composer, Sri. Ilaiyaraaja.

Hello, I am Ravishankar, a multimedia expert with over 20 years of experience in making content for children. I am also presently employed with Infosys. I am doing a unique experiment in Indian cinema - the first crowdsourced and crowdfunded animated movie in Sanskrit, based on a beloved folksong called Punyakoti.

Tell me more about Punyakoti...

Punyakoti is a folksong prevalent in South India, about an honest cow. The plot is set in Karunadu and revolves around a cow that speaks the truth at all times. One day, Punyakoti is attacked by a tiger in the forest. However, she begs him to let her go feed her calf and promises to return. Punyakoti feeds her calf and as promised, returns to the tiger to be eaten. The tiger, moved by her courage and honesty, lets her go never to disturb any of the cows again!

What makes this project so special?

The project is a coming together of a consortium of talented people from film, media and IT fields to bring home the greatness of the mother of all Indo-Germanic languages, Sanskrit.

What motivated me to do a project like this?

God has been kind to me and has given me everything. I want to use this life for a purpose more than just plain survival. I have chosen Punyakoti as a means of self-expression to tell the story of living in harmony with nature.

Is there a greater purpose this project aims to achieve?

The movie brings home the message of living a life of integrity and living in harmony with nature in an entertaining fashion. I hope to take this universal message across the world throgh this effort.

What are the challenges I am most likely to face while making this project?

Finding the right talent and likeminded people for this effort and tracking the entire project through the Internet is a challenge. I am making this movie while I am still pursuing a corporate career with Infosys. Me and my family have made great sacrifices in the last one year to bring this project to this stage. We still don't know where the funds are likely to come from. The team that is contributing to the project are accomplished professionals and are doing this out of passion. We are all self driven. Working as a team from different parts of the world without the motivations of money requires great commitment.

Why crowdfunding?

We owe Punyakoti to the coming generation. Punyakoti will introduce the world's first context free language to our coming generation. Sanskrit develops cognitivism in kids. The message of speaking the truth and living in harmony with nature is more relevant now than ever.

How will the money be used?

Rs. 1200000 in Storyboard & Animatics

Rs. 400000 in Composition & Layout

Rs. 400000 in Studio & Infra

Rs. 1500000 in Music Production

Rs. 500000 in Promotion


What are the risks and challenges associated with your project?

This is a first of its kind experiment in Indian cinema or perhaps even in the world. The people who work with us do so because they love the concept. We are not their managers; neither do we pay them a salary. We just give them an honorarium. Many of them have offered their services for free. They do this over and above their regular jobs. So there may be delays in deliverables. We do not have a fixed infrastructure. We depend on free Internet to do most of our collaborations.

What happens when I don't raise enough money?

This will prove to be a major setback for the project and will delay the movie release. We will have to continue to appeal to sponsors around the world to support us for funds. We may have to reduce the length of the movie or in the worst case abandon the project. This will mean a loss of several years of collective efforts by talented people.

How am I going to prove that I won't just take all the money and run away?

We have already declared to the world through media that we are doing this. We have made progress in more than 20 scenes out of the 31 scenes already. We have put up all the resources of the movie on our website for the world to see and even update about the progress regularly. We have the support from the faculties of premier institutions and the film world. So it is almost impossible to go back on our commitment now. We did all of this even before we went out and asked for money, because we were clear that we do not want to seek funds unless we ourselves are convinced that we will complete the project.

Will you be releasing this movie in theatres or on Small Screen?

We will use all media to distribute and make it available to a global audience including small/big screens and digital distribution channels. Once the product is ready, we will partner with a marketing agency to meet this objective.

What will happen to the revenue generated by this movie?

The revenues generated, if any, will be used to promote and preserve Indian art, traditonal artists and culture. A portion will also be given as a reward for the artists who participated in the movie.

Who will be the ultimate owner and collecting the royalty?

We have registered a proprietary company, Puppetica Media that will own the product.


Team

ravishankar

ILAIYARAAJA

GIRISH AV

ANVAR ALI

MANOJ KANNOTH

Gigi MatthewS


We've got news

July Update

2 August, 2015

Progress in July is indicated in orange colour. Please support us reach the 40 lakhs target on Wishberry.


June Progress

1 July, 2015

Here is the progress of the project on various aspects. Your funding will help us complete the movie's animatics. We have a laid a good foundation with over 70% of the movie storyboarded. That is nearly 2000 drawings. Thanks to all the animators who are supporting us.


The Hindu - Metro Plus helps us spread the message...

30 June, 2015

" It’s a wonderful language. At a time and age where the current generation is leaving Sanskrit behind, I felt it was time to make Sanskrit more accessible, young and relevant. Imagine! It is 5,000 years of knowledge eliminated by 200 years of English! " (Link)


Be a part of history in the making! Help bring Sanskrit to the forefront! We need your support - it's now or never!


Bangalore Mirror

17 June, 2015

Making of the first Sanskrit movie


The Better India features Punyakoti

17 June, 2015

India's first Sanskrit Film has 30 Animators working on it and Ilaiyaraaja's Music


IB TImes

17 June, 2015

Music Legend Ilaiyaraaja Joins with Young Filmmakers to Make First-Ever Sanskrit Animation Film


Article (Portugese) in Yogaforum

12 June, 2015

A Brazilian portal writes about Punyakoti


Journey so far

5 May, 2018

August 2015 - November 2015 = character design

November 2015 - April 2016 = storyboard

May 2016 - June 2016 = Dubbing/Animatics

July 2016 - April 2017 = animation batch 1

April 2017 - November 2017 = animation batch 2

January 2018 - April 2018 = special sequences

April 2018 - June 2018 =  lineup/compositing

May 2018 - June 2018 = Trailer Launch

August 2018 - November 2018 = Promotion (planned)


The Trailer of Punyakoti is hit

31 May, 2018

After a year long struggle to bring in finishing funds, we re-ignited the project with personal funds and have made significant progress. Humbly presenting the trailer of the experiment we embared on with your support.




Making of a shot

25 June, 2018



Making of a shot

25 June, 2018


Many people want to know why Punyakoti is taking so long. Unlike a live action movie, animation is a slow process. We are sharing a glimpse of what goes into the making of a shot. Hope you enjoy the making of Punyakoti as much as we do.



We are back

29 June, 2018

This time to raise money for the promotion of movie. Please support us.


https://www.wishberry.in/campaign/punyakoti-is-back/