Bhubaneswar:30/3/17:Dubai based odia BusinessmanAkshay Parija conferred with Odia Film industry Icon in a Gliterring function at Utkal Mandap Bhubaneswar being organised by Odia Film Fair Award teamAkshay Parija,presently serves as Board Member and Executive Director to Blue Lines Shipping Group which he founded in the year 2010. Blue Lines Shipping has its operation all across the globe. Parija has served in Burgan Bank, Kuwait for 8 years (1983-1991), in National Bank of Oman for 7 years (1991-1998) and 12 years in BankMuscat Forex in different senior positions. He has also served in various Banks in India during his 30 years of career in banking, started from IOB (Indian Overseas Bank) at Bissam Cuttack in 1980s. An Alumnus of Harvard Business School, US has studied in Utkal University (ଉତ୍କଳ ବିଶ୍ୱବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ) and BJB College as well. Akshay Kumar Parija has schooled from Jagannathpur High School in Tiran of undivided Cuttack district. Akshay Parija also holds the reputation of giving international wings to Odissi dance. For a period of over 15 years, he tookOdissi onto different stages of Far East, Middle East, Europe besides theUnited States. Thukool was his second Ollywood venture, focused on Odissidance and portrayed the story of a dancer. Dubbed as one of the most expensive movies of 2011-12, Thukool was made at the cost of Rs 3 crore which is still the highest production cost in Odia Film Industry. Shot in exotic locations in the Middle-East, Thukool scored on locales, music, costumes and post-production. For the movie, Parija ensured the best of all elements of film-making including technicians. While post-production ofThukool was done at Chennai, some of the computer graphics were done in London. The film starred Archita Sahu,Babushaan and Pakruti Mishra. The movie went on to bag five State Film Awards besides, four ETV Cine Awards, as manyTarang Cine Awards and seven Chalachitra Jagat Awards. His next film Kehi Nuhen Kahar win seven Odisha State cFilm award including Mohan Sundar Dev Goswami Award as best film by association with documentary feature God’s Own People which dealt with the Trinity’s (Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra, Lord Balabhadra) Nabakalebara. The 88-minute documentary was directed by Nila Madhab Panda (Padmashree Awardee) to portray the unique rituals of the Trinity that occur once in every 19 years. Apart from Odia films, Akshay Kumar Parija had produced a number of reality talent hunt shows and tele-serials for different satellite channels. These include Sahanaifor Tarang TV, Dancing Stars and Aaina for Colours Odia. Akshay Kumar Parija now plans to venture into promoting Odia music at national and international forums, here he has recently tied up with Devdas Chhotray and singer Bibhu Kishorefor an album Blue Mood. While Devdas Chhotray has penned eight poems for the album, Biebhu Kishore has lent his voice to the songs. Also in the pipeline this year is Sushant Mani’s much talked about Love You Jessica that Akshya Kumar Parija has produced. He has joined hands with Nilamadhab Panda for a Hindi film titled Dark Winds that deals with climate change.
About Editor in chief
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.