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Four filmmakers of Odisha won the 64th National Film Awards

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.

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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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