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Three Odia film Makers honours at the 67th National Film Awards

New Delhi;25/10/21:: Odisha bagged three honours at the 67th National Film Awards, which were announced for the year  2019 by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting on Monday.

Sabyasachi Mohapatra’s ‘Sala Budhar Badla’ and Nilamadhab Panda’s ‘Kalira Atita’ were jointly selected for the National Award for Best Odia film.

Mohapatra, who has previously won National Awards for his films ‘Aadim Vichar’ and ‘Pahada Ra Luha’, had released ‘Sala Budhar Badla’ in 2019 and the film showcases the culture of Western Odisha.

Similarly, Panda’s ‘Kalira Atita’ deals with the critical issue of climate change and revolves around a man – essayed by Pitobas – from Satabhaya village of Kendrapara that has been swallowed by the rising sea.

In the non-feature film category, Puri-based filmmaker Ashutosh Pattnaik’s ‘Srikshetra Ru Sahijata’  won the National Award in the Best Arts and Culture Film category.

The 35-minute long film is a  documentation of the centuries-old open-air theatre of Puri where artists of different Sahis (lanes)  depict the episodes of Ramayan. It begins a day before the Rama Navami and the characters deliver dialogues and sing songs roaming around the seven Sahis of Puri.

“Sahi Jata is one of the highlights of Puri which has a rich cultural tradition. I wanted to make a documentary on Ramleela but later realised that Sahi Jata of Puri needs spotlight. Since Puri is my native place, I was well-aware of the folk tradition,” said Pattnaik.

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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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