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Odisha Chief Minister inaugurated the 13th JDCA International Film Festival

Bhubaneswar:7/2/19: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday evening inaugurated the 13th JDCA International Film Festival in Bhubaneswar. Expressing delight to attend the 13th Film Festival on Art and Artists, the Odisha CM said that the event is a great tribute to our splendid heritage of art and artists and thanked Jatin Das and his Centre for this initiative

Addressing the people, Patnaik said, “Odisha has a rich legacy of Art manifested in various forms through the ages. The art heritage of the Buddhist Era continues to manifest in many places of our state. Since then, many historical, political, cultural and spiritual movements have influenced, defined and created a distinct tradition of painting, architecture, sculpture, music and dance. The temple art and culture has taken the centre stage of global art heritage. We have a live tradition of Art, and we are truly a land of Art and Artists.


Artists are worshippers of creativity. The village lad who sells clay dolls at village haat is just not selling a sundry object for money. He is selling a piece of Art. He or his family members have infused all their creativity into making that wonderful piece of product. He is the creator and lover of art. Artistic creations have been reflected in our hand works, paintings, sculpture, domestic materials, filigree, brass wares, terracotta, quilt making or clay dolls. There is an amazing touch of imagination and innovation in such artworks.”

“The Jatin Das Centre of Arts has put in significant endeavours to preserve, document, evaluate, renew, and improve various art forms in order to save them for our future generation as a source of inspiration. At its 13th year of continuous efforts, it has become a kind of movement. I am really grateful to the centre for its effort,” said Naveen


“I am informed that the films this year have been carefully curated by eminent curators. The efforts made on the interpretation of Puri and Lingaraj Temples make it very special. I appreciate JDCA for such a meaningful event and wish all success of the Festival,” the Odisha CM concluded.

Minister Tourism & Culture Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, JDCA Chief Jatin Das, Dr Debi Prasan Patnaik, Lalit Mansingh, Chief Advisor CMO R. Balakrishnan, Sidhartha Das and Smt. Aruna Basudev were present at the inaugural ceremony.

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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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