Four filmmakers of Odisha and a New Delhi-based director, who made a film on dying folk art culture of Odisha, have won the 64th National Film Awards. The awards were announced on Friday by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Filmmaker Nilamadhab Panda’s ‘Kadvi Hawa’ has received a ‘Special Mention’ from the 64th National Film Awards jury for highlighting farmers’ struggle against the changing environmental conditions. Panda’s film brings stories from drought-prone Bundelkhand region and vanishing villages from coastal Odisha.
Odia girl Lipika Singh Darai has won the National Film Award (non-feature film) for her film The Waterfall. The 20-minute-long English film has been adjudged as the Best Educational Film. Shot in and around Khandadhar waterfall, Lipika’s film traces the evolution of a young city boy to appreciate the value of environment as well as think critically about climate change and development.
Two other filmmakers – Shibu Prusty and Sankhajeet De – have won the Best Arts/Culture Film awards for their Odia documentary feature films that deal with Jagannath Culture and Shadow Puppetry of Odisha respectively.
Shibu Prusty’s The Lord of the Universe, a 55-minute docu-feature film, speaks about aspects of Jagannath Culture and De’s In the Shadow of Time ( or ‘Sanayara Chhaire’) is a 190-minute-long documentary that explores the journey of Ravana Chhaya, the shadow puppet form practiced in Odisha.
ankhajeet De is a New Delhi-based researcher and documentary filmmaker, Prusty is now based in Mumbai and an alumnus of Biju Patnaik Film and Television Institute of Odisha. Sources said a total of eight feature films were submitted this year for the Best Odia Film category but none could even qualify.
Source – newindianexpress.com