Bhubaneswar, January 11: With Folk and Tribal Art and Culture as focus the three day 8th National Film Festival on Art and Artists by JD Centre of Art kicked started here on Saturday.
Inaugurating the programme Odisha Governor S.C. Jamir said, “Due to the rampant urbanization we are moving away from tribal art and culture. This is a good attempt to bring all of us back towards our roots and provide some exposure to their rituals.”
The program began with a six minute short film ‘Pankha: Alekh Baba’ by Jatin Das the Chairman of the organisation. Vast collection of rare handmade fans collected over 25 years across India was documented in the film.
Eminent film-makers like Meghnath, Goutam Ghose and other documentaries were featured in the programme.
Goutam Ghose the eminent film maker also had the World Premier of his film ‘Shuva and Me: a journey with Shuva Prasanna’ and gave a talk following the screening of the film.
“I am very delighted to see such participation from people. The topic is very interesting and extremely relevant to Odisha as we have a very rich cultural and tribal heritage. I hope this festival will bring us closer to the tribal art and artists,” said actress Nandita Das.
Eminent artists like Sarat Pujari, Sitakant Mohapatra, Ileana Citaristi and Subha Prasanna also graced the festival with their presence.