Nila Madhab, 3 other Odias get National Film Awards

Nila Madhab panda

Bhubaneswar: Director Nila Madhab panda won special mention award for his film “Kadvi Hawa”, based on climate change, in the 64th National Film Award that was declared on Friday.

Besides, two Odias Lipika Singh Darai and Sankhajeet De won awards in non-feature film categories. While Lipika’s film “The Waterfall” won best Educational film award, Sankhajeet’s film on shadow puppetry “In the Shadow of Time” won in best arts/ cultural film category.

Another film on Jagannath culture names “The Lord of The Universe” directed by young Shibu Prusty also has won best arts/cultural film award.

“I am very much excited and happy. Through the film I had tried to put forward an issue that is gripping the world slowly and this recognition will help the message to reach out to more people,” said Panda.

The film is about two persons who have hardly contributed to climate change, but are suffering from its adverse effects. It’s about a blind old man and a young loan recovery agent. Ironically both come from two extreme weather conditions and have zero contribution to global climate change, but are fighting for their survival.

Lipika Singh Darai said that she is extremely happy that the 20-minute long fictional flick got best educational film award.

The film is produced by an organisation called SchoolCinema and it would be shown in over 1000 schools in India and in three other countries. The story of the film is about a waterfall and how it’s getting dried up due to human activities around it and how people are fighting to save it.

“In The Shadow of Time” is a 90 minute long film on shadow puppetry. Sankhajeet De has directed it while Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts has produced this flick. The film is about the shadow puppetry and puppeteers in Odisha. Lipika Singh Darai also has conscripted this film.

Another film “The Lord of The Universe” has won national award in non-feature film category as best arts/ cultural film award along with “In the shadow of Time”.

The film is about jagannath culture and the director has tried to show every aspect of it in this 55-minute documentary. It’s directed by Shibu Prusty, a Biju patnaik Film and Television Institute of Odisha alumnus who is currently staying in Mumbai.


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