My younger brother like Ashok Swain, who was only "Babuli" to me and "Babuli Bhai" for many in the Odia film industry left for his heavenly abode today the 7th July 2018 leaving behind wife Chhanda and children.
Ashok was one of the best Cinematographer of our State who was honored with Jayadev Puraskar , highest State Award in film industry of Odisha.
Born to parents Madar Dhar Swain and Pusparani Sawin of New Colony Mahtab Road, Cuttack Babuli was a real genius and loved by one and all in the film industry..Born in Cuttack town on the 10th of January 1948, Babuli Bhai is man of simple nature and a humble attitude. A man, who loves to be in a white clothing line always, walks round the sets with his bushy moustache and a French beard. He does not just wear white he lives with the color. Whatever he wears, may be a hat, a shoe, a jacket, he prefers white.
After passing a Diploma in cinematography from S.J. Polytechnic, Bangalore, in 1969 he started working in various studios like AVM studios in Chennai, RK studios in Mumbai and has worked in various films. He then went onto work at Mysore as an assistant cameraman for about a year and half. In 1973 he joined “Doordarshan” as a cameraman.
In the start of his career he even worked as an assistant cameraman for an INDO-RUSSIAN children film “THE BLACK MOUNTAIN” with Russian Director Alexander Zagurdi and Indian Maker M.S. Satayu in the year 1970, shot at the Karapur forest in Karnataka.
While being in job, he took leaves without a pay and cinematographed for his first film in B/W “SAMAR SALIM SAIMON” in the year 1977, later released in 1979.
His work was so appreciated that projects came to him one after the other with SESHA PRATIKHYA, SUBARNA SITA, BATASHI JHADA, PARA JHIA GHARA BHANGENA and others. Released in the year 1982, he did his first color film as a cinematographer with “MU TUME O SE”.
His other films are RADHA, SANKHA SINDURA, PUJA PHULA, NALA DAMAYANTI, JAYADEV, SAHARI BAGHA, SATA KEBE LUCHI RAHENA, BHULI HUENA, SASTI, CHAMANA ATHA GUNTHA, GOPA RE BADHUCHHI KALA KANHEI, BADA BHAUJA, HISAB KARIBA KALIA, DADAGIRI, MAA JAHARA SAHA, NYAANYAYA, BOHU HABA EMITI, PRATISODH APARADH NUHE, KURUKHETRA, KATHA RAHIBA KALAKALAKU, …
Not only this he also has cinematographed for various short features like PHATA KAPALA, SALBEG, RATRI, BANA PHULA and a film on Goti Pratha for Government of Odisha on the tribes.
Slowly when the digital medium tried to overtake the celluloid in cost cutting and other related issues, the Television medium started booming and TV series came into being. With this Babuli Bhai also found a gap and entered the arena to work on television. He has worked with TV shows like Laxmi Puja, Prativa, Haie Phoola Gacha, Tokei, kahani, Malaya, Palasa, Maluluni Aeera Kahani and about 100 more in Odia and Hindi in Bhubaneswar and Delhi.
His work dint only limit to films, shooting for documentaries was also love. He has also won a National Award for a Documentary “THE EMPLIMENTS” directed by Ghanasyam Mohapatra. Among documentaries which he cinematographed are ODISSAN HANDICRAFT, ODISHA TOURISM, SHREE JAGANNATH, and more… His film SOMA ‘O’ BUDA a tribal film on the BONDA tribes was also screened in various film festivals. Not only this he has also won the Chitrapuri Subarna Jayanti Samman along with best cameraman award for his first color film MU TUME O SE in 89’, and a lot more.
With this much achievement and dedication and an outstanding performance in various fields throughout the career, the government of Odisha on its declaration about the winners of the 2015-16 state awards for the film fraternity, notably declared that Ashok Swain will receive this years Jayadev Award for a lifetime achievement in Ollywood.
Though old age had grasped on him, Babuli was doing a great amount of study, learning more about Indian Cinema and the World Cinema and even runs forward to teach the young makers more about film making. He will live forever in the hearts and minds of all in Odia film industry.
(With inputs from article by Ritesh Mohanty).
Bhupen Hazarika(1926-2011), widely known as Sudhakantha, singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker has been and continues to be a cult figure in Assam. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many Indian and Foreign languages.
For the first time an attempt has been made to render his songs in Odia. An album with ten of his iconic songs have been recorded by Assam's singing sensation Nahid Afrin of Indian Idol fame.
Here are the ten songs, which have been recorded.
MUṄ GOṬE JĀJĀBARA (1968)
- MAṆIŚA, MAṆIŚA PĀIṄ (1961)
- SĀGARA SAṂGAME (1952)
- ĀKĀŚĪ GAṄGĀ CAHEṄNĀ MUṄ (1963)
- ŚIŚIRE BHIJĀ ŚĪTA RĀTI (1970)
- PRATIDHWANI ŚUṆE MUṄ (1953)
- KEUṄ EKA AḶASUĀ MEGHA (1969)
- SEDINA SAKĀḶE (1957)
- MUṄ ĀU MO'RA CHĀI (1965)
- MO'RA GĪTA HEU (1969)
Bhubaneswar:Most popular anchor Kuna Tripathy has been appointed Chairman of the Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFFC) replacing fellow actor and BJD leader, Munna Khan.
Kuna is best known for hosting OTV’s ‘News-Fuse,’ which has been immensely popular for being Odisha’s best news spoof programme. Kuna has worked in Odia movies like Love Dot Com (2009), Bandhu (2007) and Mo Dil Kahe Ilu Ilu (2015).Notably OFFC, established in 1976, is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of the Government of Odisha.
Bhubaneswar:Veteran Odia film actress Anita Das breathed her last on Friday, 11th May 2018 . She was 57. She died of cardiac arrest at her residence near Shelter Chhak in Cuttack.
Anita Das was born on 1st October in 1951. The actress was best known for restraint and subtlety in portrayal of varied emotions. She was introduced to the film industry by Akshaya Mohanty, Hemant Das, and Bijay Mishra in Jajabara 1975. She paired with Gobind Tej in her next film Krusna Sudama.
She shot to fame instantly with her portrayal of a Female Leads that Make Guys Cry. Despite displaying her acting prowess through characters in films like Jajabara, krushna Sudama, Bandhu Mahanty, Naga Phasa, Tapoi, Sankha Mahuri, Sautuni, Samar Salim Saimon, Mathura Vijay, Alibha Daga, Tapasya, Ram Balram, Maa O Mamata, Akshi Tritiya, Swapna Sagara, Anita was best known for her performance in Pua Mora Kala Thakura.. She played leading roles in her early films and started playing mother roles during the 80s. Pua Mora Kala Thakura was a turning point to her career. Her acting career spanned more than 40 years, and she acted in over 100 films.
Expressing deep grief over untimely death of Anita Das, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said she will be remembered for her immense contribution to Odia film and TV industry.
Anita was known to me since her association in Jajabara in 1975 as Aksaya Mohanty and Hemanta Das were too close to me and they were also closely associated with “Chandrika” a magazine devoted to literature, film and culture which was edited by me. Subsequently she acted in “Bandhu Mohanty” produced by my fifth brother-in-law Dhiren Patnaik.
Anita was the sister-in-law of noted trade union leader Mayadhar Nayak . Her elder sister was a teacher and was very close to my wife Chndraprava who worked as the founding Head Mistress of Mangalpur Girls’ High School in Jajpur district. Therefore there was strong bond between Anita and my family and very often Maydhar babu used to speak about it.
I was extremely happy when Mayadhar babu;s son Akash made his debut in film as Akash Das Nayak and subsequently was elected to the State Assembly from B.J.D., though Assembly remained out of bounds for Mayadhar Nayak.
This month of May has proved to be too cruel to me and my friends as I lost an younger brother-like successful media persons Chandrabhanu Patnaik and Radhanath
Mohapatra on May 10th and an younger sister-like Anita only a day after.
I sincerely pray almighty to rest her immortal soul in peace and give enough strength to Akash and all other family members to bear the great loss with courage. She will live for ever for her contribution to the Odia film industry.
New Delhi:It is indeed a matter of delight for Odisha as Ollywood actor Prakruti Mishra here today received the National Film Award in ‘Special Mention category’ for ‘Hello Arsi’.
The young actor received the coveted award from Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani in the presence of Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting at the 65th National Film Awards ceremony held at Vigyan Bhavan this afternoon.
The award ceremony was a lackluster affair as several artists boycotted protesting the last minute announcement that President Ram Nath Kovind would be presenting only 11 of more than 80 awards.
Notably, the prestigious award is presented by President of India in the presence of Minister of Information and Broadcasting every year.
In her reaction, Prakruti Mishra said: “It is a matter of pride for me to receive National Film Award. It doesn’t make any difference whether the award is presented by President or Minister. I am grateful to the producer, director, my father and others involved in the making of the film.”
BPFTIO celebrates Cinema Day to pay tribute to the Lumiere Brothers -Happy Birth Day to Cinema
Cuttack,29/12/17:Students and faculty member of Biju Patnaik Film & Television Institute of Odisha (BPFTIO) celebrated Cinema Day in Cuttack on to mark the day on which Lumiere Brothers tried their first public screening of projected motion pictures in 1895 for the masses.
Biju Patnaik Film & Television Institute of Odisha (BPFTIO), Cuttack is celebrating World Cinema day like every year, on December 28 and 29 on its campus. The inaugural function was held on 28th in presence of many well known personalities like Padmashree Awarded Director and Cinematographer AK Bir, veteran Odia actor Debu Bose and Odia author Devdas Chhotray.
AK BIR said to film lover “I want to congratulate everyone associated with the cinema industry on this auspicious occasion. Balwant Singh, Director, Directorate of Technical Education and Training said we are looking forward to develop the infrastructure and also introduce new Direction course very soon here at BPFTIO,”
This year films and documentaries by A.K Bir are being screened and the students of the institute are getting an opportunity to interact with the Eminent director and Cinematographer.
On Second day started with the screening of film “Labanya preeti” and end with “Baaja” followed by AK Bir interact with the students an film lover said “I like to congratulate each and everyone connected on the occasion of celebrating World Cinema. Very good to see and interact with young minds trying to get into this industry.”
Many notable alumni of the institution were equally excited to come back to their institution once again and get a chance to share their knowledge and experience with the students.
“I feel proud to have graduated from this institution and very happy to be here once again and meet one of the stalwarts of our field, AK Bir,” said National Award winner Shibu Prusty.
Senior faculty of BPFTIO Mr.Sudarsan Prasad Nayak said Since last 18 years, the institute has been celebrating World Cinema Day on December 28 to create awareness about the importance of the day and encourage film aspirants to make good cinema. The Cinema Day is a source of inspiration to the budding film makers.
BPFTIO is the only institute in India which celebrate cinema day on Dec 28 every year. The festival also gave students a chance to interact with famous film makers.
Notably, the Lumiere Brothers had screened film first time on December 28, 1895 at the Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris.
This two-day event on World Cinema Day will conclude on Friday.
GOPALPUR BEACH FESTIVAL CONCLUDED
Berhampur,(Gopalpur-On-Sea),28/12/17:The annual five-day Gopalpur Beach Festival-2017 concluded here on Thursday evening with colourful extravaganza.
On the day of inauguration Chief Guest Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surjya Narayan Patro inaugurated. Patro said, the event said the State Government is giving importance to the tourist spots, including Gopalpur.Further he added adequate funds would be spent for development of Gopalpur.
Gopalpur MLA and festival committee chairman Pradeep Panigrahi said tenders have been invited for an eco retreat hub, a circuit tourism project and development of Tampara which he announced at many times in different platform since long (!).
The show was lighted with Holy Deep before Lord Jagganath and the artists of Purshotam Jagannath Chetana performed ‘Samudra Arati’.
Indian Idol-fame and Ollywood and Bollywood singer Annanya Sritam and Satyajit Jena are the main attraction. Among others renowned Bollywood singer HImesh Reshmiya,Neha Kakkar,MJ5 Super Dancer and Bollywood Mimicry artist, and with Reventh winner of Indian Idol have perform continuing from 24th to 28thDecember,2017.
Gopalpur MLA, Pradip Panigrahy presided the festival for five days with Collector Ganjam Premchand Choudhury.
Front of the Coin
To control the crowed and traffic adequate police personnel were deployed for five days. Many officers including Additional SP were monitoring the law and order situation.
Back of the Coin
However, the Ganjam district BJP alleged that while farmers in the district are distressed over crop loss due to untimely rains and pest attacks, some Ministers and officers have connived to collect subscriptions from dishonest millers and are busy in enjoying dance and music. In inviting a press meet the BJP also alleged that the festival has turned into a BJD show.
During introductory meeting the Organising committee constituted 18 sub-committee. Surprisingly many senior citizens, eminent persons, Media persons were not included. Major resentment noticed that Dr Panigrahy as the Chairman of the Festival committee ignored senior citizens.
Press people too shown their dissatisfaction with a comment why the Organising committee did so (?). It’s a political festive or District festival (?).The entry pass not distributed properly to the family of press people while VIP pass and Political pass issued plenty in comparison (!).
Average 30,000 people witnessed the festival for all days.
Namrata Mohanty’s new album pays tribute to Akshaya Mohanty, Report;Bureau,Odishabarta
Bhubaneswar, 12.10.2017: Celebrated Odia singer, composer, lyricist, musician, and writer Akshaya Mohanty is a legend in his own accord. A true visionary artist, who was much ahead of his time was born on 12th October 1936 at Cuttack. Starting his career in Government Services, he quit his job and became an All India Radio approved lyricist in 1956 and an approved composer by 1959. He had a prolific understanding of music and recorded his first song ‘Gori Gori Gori’ as playback singer in 1959 with the Odia movie ‘Maa’. Akshaya Mohanty has given music in more than 75 Odia movies and sung for more than 130 movies.