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Odisha Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the re-development of Kalinga Studio

Bhubaneswar:28/3/21:Odisha  Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for the re-development of Kalinga Studio with all the state-of-the-art infrastructure. CM said that the entertainment industry will receive a massive boost promoting art, culture, and heritage along with cinema.
This will also create large-scale employment opportunities for the people of the State in the film, media, and entertainment industry. The State Govt has sanctioned Rs. 200 Crore for this. The project work will be executed by Idco odisha and it is expected that the construction and landscaping of the core support area will be completed by December 2022.
It envisages direct employment for around 2,000 in the film, media, and entertainment sectors along with indirect and induced employment generation of more than 10,000. Along with film production, the studio proposes to contain comprehensive fun, entertainment, and a leisure hub.

Established in the year 1980, the studio played a significant role in changing the face of Odia cinema. During the 80s, the Studio was the only one with all the best equipment in the Eastern Region of the country.

The creative talent pool of Odisha places itself into a niche market, and the State producing some of the finest movies in the past. However, over the period, the industry lost its former glory primarily due to its inability to catch up with the latest infrastructure and technology in film making. Keeping in view the need for re-development of the industry, the State Government approved Rs 200 Crore.

The Chief Minister unveiled the plaque and marked the foundation stone laying ceremony of the redevelopment of Kalinga Studio. Satybrata Tripathy, the chairman, OFDC, was also present during the ceremony. IDCO is the executor of the project work. The construction and landscaping of the core support area are expected to be completed by December 2022.

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The project concept and plan were formulated by the international consulting firm M/s Grant Thornton Bharat LLP. The project will spread into three different Zones comprising infrastructure such as multi-sized indoor shooting halls with all modern facilities, make-believe shooting locales, theme-based parks, post-production facilities such as dubbing and mixing studio, animation work station, editing suite, DI (Digital Intermediate) Studio, preview theatre, Directors’ room, space for brainstorming, script narration, casting, etc, recording lab, radio and media houses, etc.

Along with film production, the studio proposes to incorporate comprehensive entertainment and a leisure hub. The infrastructure is alleged to include a live performance stage, adventure parks, kids play area, castle view, water games, snow world, iconic points, etc along with boarding and lodging facilities for the film crew, and space for social and cultural gatherings.

The objective of the project is to preserve the heritage property of the State and uplift the Odia Film Industry. It is expected that the infrastructure will not only create a film industry eco-system for the Odia Movie Industry but also cater to many downstream affiliates of the sector in the large-scale entertainment and creative services industry.

The project is also projected to catalyze employment in the film, media, and entertainment industry. As per sources, the project can induce direct employment of around 2,000 in the film, media, and entertainment sector along with indirect employment generation of more than 10,00

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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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