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Odia’s short film ‘Sani’ was adjudged as the best film on ‘Living and Sustainable Technologies’at the “11th CMC Vatavaran Film Festival

Newdelhi:30/4/22:The short film “Sani – The Son of River Mahanadi” produced under the banner of ‘Social Image Production’ and directed by Dr. S K Das was presented with the Best Indian Film in ‘Living and Sustainable Technologies’ category at the ’11th CMC Vatavaran Film Festival and Awards held in Chandigarh on 23 April 2022. This year a total of 21 National and International Films were Awarded in 10 categories. It was judged by many veterans like filmmaker Shyam Bagegal, Dr. G. B. K. Rao, directors of the festival, etc. S K Das was given a prize of Rs 50,000, a trophy, and a certificate. For which he expressed his gratitude to all the people of the festival committee and the jury.

CMS VATAVARAN is a pioneering international film festival and forum on the environment and wildlife. Using films as a window to delve into nature, the festival showcases the best Indian and International films and documentaries. The festival presents nature stories from all over the world, stories on critical ecological and developmental challenges faced today, some of the most compelling practices, as well as enchanting snippets on the diversity of our planet.

CMS VATAVARAN is not just a film festival celebrating the cinematic art of films but focuses more on using the films as a tool and catalyst for creating impact. CMS VATAVARAN remains resolute to encourage films and forums based on the environment, resulting in a change in perception, practice, policy, and governance.

CMS VATAVARAN, through its festival and forum design, brings together some of the best conservation experts and enthusiasts from across the globe. Along with taking the best green films from across the globe to the masses, it has been able to institutionalize strong specialized knowledge networking platforms, forge partnerships, and enhance capacities and expertise.

Director of the film”Sani – The Son of River Mahanadi”    Dr. Sweta Kumar Das (S K Das) pursued a career in Odisha Administrative Service after completing MA, M.Phil and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has a special interest in making films based on social issues like women empowerment, farmer suicides, caste system, disaster management, and current social superstition. The short film ‘Mask’ directed by him won many national and international awards


Director Dr. S K Das says, “The short film ‘Sani’ is based on the Mahanadi river and the livelihood of fishermen in Odisha. This film is made in Odia language. River Mahanadi is considered the mother of Odisha. The river is closely associated with the livelihood of the people. It is shown in this movie how the fishermen’s community has to face the water dispute between the two states.”

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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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