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Annual Indo-Russian Forum for Media Cooperation proposed

Newdelhi:4/54/19:A Russian Delegation led by the Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, H.E Mr. Alexey Volin, including the Ambassador of Russian Federation to India, H.E. Mr. Nikolay Kudashev and other delegates met Shri Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of I&B today.

It was mutually agreed during the meeting that an Annual Indo-Russian Forum for Media Cooperation be organized alternately in India and Russia in order to institutionalize the process of cooperation between the two countries in the media and entertainment sector. Television, news agencies, digital distribution platforms, new media, news gathering, co-production of programmes, sharing of content and exchange of professionals were identified as possible areas of collaboration

The need to forge strong connections between the young journalists of the two countries was also highlighted in the meeting.

During the discussion, Shri Amit Khare stated that the Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India scheduled to be held later this year offers an opportunity to countries to showcase their creativity and cinematic excellence on a global platform. He extended an invitation to the Russian Delegation to participate in the Festival.

H.E. Mr. Alexey Volin talked about the immense popularity of Indian films in Russia and mentioned about a 24 hour channel dedicated solely to Indian films,currently operational in Russia.

The meeting was also attended by Shri Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati; Shri Sitanshu Kar, Principal DG, PIB; Shri Vikram Sahay, Joint Secetray, Ministry of I&B; Ms. Supriya Sahu, DG, Doordarshan; Shri F. Shehryar, DG, All India Radio; Shri Mayank Agrawal, DG, DD News; Shri Chaitanya Prasad, Addl. DG, Directorate of Film Festivals and Ms. JP Mattu Singh, Addl. DG, AIR News.

About Ashok Palit

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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