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‘KALLOLA 2019’- Short Film Contest on Child Rights

Bhubaneswar, 6 August, 2019: UNICEF Odisha in collaboration with Aaina, an Odisha-based voluntary organization launched Season 5 of KALLOLA, a short film contest on child rights, here today on the theme of Nutrition – Every child’s right for a healthy life. The launch was attended by Dr. Monika O. Nielsen, Chief, UNICEF Odisha, Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Nayak, Joint Secretary, Department of WCD, Mr. Shyama Prasad Mishra, Head of Alankar & Taranga Music, Mr. Ananta Mohapatra, eminent theater personality, Mrs. Sneha Mishra, Secretary, Aaina. The contest this year is in collaboration with the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Odisha and Alankar TV. Also present were Ms. Alka Gupta, and Mr. Sourav Bhattacharjee from UNICEF Odisha.

Kallola 2019 invites entries for short films (30, 60 and 90 seconds) on the theme Nutrition – Every child’s right for a healthy life. The sub themes are: 1) A balanced diet for growing children and 2) Ending gender discrimination in nutrition.

Speaking at the function, Dr Monika Nielsen, Chief, UNICEF Odisha said, “We all know that the nutrition in the food we eat helps us grow and develop, gives us energy and keeps us healthy.  Yet, many children remain undernourished, affecting their ability to develop (physically and mentally), go to school and work.  Nutrition is more than just eating food and a multi-faceted theme. I am happy that this year we will explore some of the important elements of appropriate nutrition through the Kallola short films.

The contest is open to everyone – professional filmmakers, film students, amateurs or anyone with a good idea and filmmaking skills. Interested participants can log onto www.aaina.org.in/kallola for information on the contest, themes, rules and the entry form. A thematic and technical workshop will be held on 8th September 2019 in Bhubaneswar. Interested participants can register themselves online to attend this workshop (http://aaina.org.in/kallola/Registration.asp).

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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