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1th International Film Festival on Art & Artist concluded.

, Bhubaneswar: The third and final day of the 11th International Film Festival on Art & Artist concluded. The last day of the Festival had a variety of films from across the world and the country including the French film, Yatra Sutra, by Berenice Ellena and Devouring Blossom, presented by the Dutch filmmaker Sarojini Lewis. The festival ended on a high, screening four short films – Gender Café I & II by Jocelyne Saab from Lebanon which showcases a dancer and an artist from Egypt; Shad Lityani by Jigar Kapdi, explored the Indian artist work and aspirations; Stabilia by Norwegian Sveinung Gjessing and Mariama Slåttøy, a film which explores the relationship between the body and an industrial building; Down the Mask by Lakshmipriya Menon portrays Ottunthullal, a style of dance from Kerala.

Overall this year’s festival offered an eclectic, engaging, informative and beautiful selection of films. All three days were attended by many filmmakers, artists, cultural professionals, film enthusiasts, students and people interested in the traditional craft stalls.

The 11th International film festival screened 41 films from 14 different countries, including five from Odisha. The opening film, Nabakalevarby Nila Madhab Panda and others included tributes to Sarat Pujari, Muralidhar Talli, Ajit Keshari Ray and Rabgatrishna, on the living Patta legend Gokul Behari Pattanaik. The festival has become a calender event as the Chief Minister stated in his inaugural address. It has given many interesting insights into Odiya, national and cultures of the world from around the world.

The 11th Film Festival held a formal closing ceremony at the JDCA site near Khandagiri caves. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India, graced the function as the chief guest. He lauded the vision of Jatin Das and it’s realisation into the Art Centre and the museum. He promised his support for the Centre. The Guest of Honour, Shri R Vineel Krishna, CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City ltd. stressed the need for institutions like JD Centre of Art in the cultural landscape of the region, and especially the role that JDCA could play in the envisioned Smart City of Bhubaneswar. Jatin Das presided over the ceremony. The Film Festival Director Aruna Vasudeb and Biren Das, the Associate Festival Director. The Vice-Chairmanof JDCA, Siddhartha Das made an illustrated lecture on the vision of the Centre. The day ended with a Dasangoi performance by Sunil Mehra from Delhi and Askari Naqvi from Lucknow at the site(.Courtessy:JD CENRE OF ARTS)

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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