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12TH International Film Fest Inaugurated by Naveen Patnaik





Bhubaneswar,12/01/18:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated the 12th International Film Festival on Art and Artist, which is hosted by the city-based Jatin Das Centre of Art (JDCA) here at the IDCOL auditorium.


Inaugurating the function, Naveen said imaging the art and artists is one of the significant endeavours to preserve document, evaluate, renew and improve these art forms in order to save them for the prosperity as a source of inspiration. The efforts of the JDCA in this direction are praiseworthy, he added.


The journey of Odia film started in 1936 with the production of ‘Seeta Bibaha’, coinciding with the creation of Odisha as a separate state and a synergy between language, literature and filmdom, he added.


He also said about literature, Fakir Mohan Senapati’s timeless work ‘Rebati’ continues to be a path-breaking piece on women’s education.


The creations of Kalindi Charan Panigrahi and Gopinath Mohanty and many others have challenged social inconsistencies of that time. Pandit Gopabandhu Das and Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Das had inspired nationalistic and linguistic spirit through their writings.


The three-day film festival would showcase films on art of all kinds, encompassing documentaries, fiction, and an array of animation films.


A total of 39 films of 11 countries in 15 foreign languages would be screened till January 14 from 10 am to 9 pm.


The festival opened with the screening of ‘In Conversation with Martand Singh’ by Prasad Bidapa. Martand Singh, called Mapu by those who knew him well, was an advisor to the JDCA.


During these three days, the festival is focusing on literature, including works from Odisha. Short stories by Manoj Das and Gourahari Das, Odia filmmakers Raju Mishra and Nirad Mohapatra’s works would also be screened.


Five of the filmmaker’s films would be shown, including his iconic film, Maya Miriga (The Mirage). The piece is centred on the destruction of the traditional family unit as a result of changing societal dynamics-an excellent parallel to the filmmaker’s informative works about his home State, Ahilya’s Wedding (Ahilya ra Bahaghara), Chhau Dance of Mayurhanja, Dhauligiri Shantistupa, and Pata Paintings.


Besides, workshops on ‘Cinematic Film-making on a Budget: Digital Film-making’ and ‘Imaging the Word: Calligraphy’ would be held on the occasion.



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