Bhubaneswar:10/4/17: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.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 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.
Sankhajeet 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.