Four Odias receive National Film awards

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Four filmmakers from Odisha received 64th National Film Awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Mukherjee felicitated Nilamadhab Panda, Lipika Singh Darai, Shibu Prusty and Sankhajeet De in the presence of Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and MoS Rajyavardhan Rathore.

Panda’s ‘Kadvi Hawa’ had received a ‘Special Mention’ from the 64th National Film Awards jury for highlighting farmers’ struggle against the changing environmental conditions. His film speaks stories from drought-prone Bundelkhand region and vanishing villages from coastal Odisha.

Similarly Darai’s 20-minute English film ‘The Waterfall’ was adjudged the Best Educational Film. Shot in and around Khandadhar waterfall, Lipika’s film traces the evolution of a young city boy to appreciate the value of environment as well as think critically about climate change and development.

Two other filmmakers – Prusty and De – have won the Best Arts/Culture Film awards for their Odia documentary feature films that deal with Jagannath Culture and Shadow Puppetry of Odisha, respectively. Prusty’s ‘The Lord of the Universe’, a 55-minute docu-feature film, speaks about aspects of Jagannath Culture and De’s ‘The Shadow of Time’ (Sanayara Chhaire) is a 190-minute-long documentary that explores the journey of Ravana Chhaya, the shadow puppet form practiced in Odisha.