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Eros International signs television license deal with Zee Network

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Film entertainment major Eros International Media Ltd has announced that it has signed a television syndication deal for its new and catalogue films with Zee Network, one of India's leading television media and entertainment companies. 
 
The films comprise a number of catalogue films from Eros’ vast library and also pre-sales for a few coming films, a press release from the company said.
 
Movies that will be showcased exclusively on Zee Network include Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri starrer Banjo, slated for a theatrical release on September 23, the much acclaimed family drama Nil Battey Sannata, and the widely appreciated Aligarh starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao.
 
Apart from the recent releases, the license deal will give the channel access to Eros’ blockbuster catalogue films like Housefull, Heyy Babyy, Cocktail, Vicky Donor and Omkara, among others.
 
Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd. said, “This deal signifies yet another step towards cementing our long association with Zee Network. We continue to exploit our significant library and the content licensing deal with Zee is consistent with our pre-sales strategy.  These tailor made packages from our broad film repertoire will suit audiences across networks and maximize the potential from the television broadcast."
 
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Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India to be held in Hungary

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Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma will inaugurate the “Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India” at the Vigado Theatre in Budapest, Hungary later today.
 
Dr. Sharma will also inaugurate the International Day of Yoga celebrations, followed by a Yoga workshop, there tomorrow, an official press release said.
 
The festival will showcase Indian culture through dance, music, yoga, films and exhibitions. Indian martial art experts and puppet artistes are also performing. Hungarian artistes, proficient in Indian art forms, will also participate in the programme. 
 
During the three-day festival, various events will be staged in Budapest and other Hungarian cities such as Debrecen, Szeged, Eger, Nagykanizsa, Esztergom, Szentendre and Balatonfured.
 
Some of the participants in the events include the Shri Patel Ras Mandal, a folk dance group from Latipur, Jamnagar in Gujarat; a Kalaripayattu dance group from Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore; the Mystical Forest Dance performance by Sadhya of New Delhi; demonstration of Mehndi; lac bangle demonstration and a puppet show.
 
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24 award-winning movies to feature in EU film festival in Mumbai

The 21st edition of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF), to be held here from June 17-26, will feature 24 award-winning movies from as many countries.
 
The festival, organised by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU member-states, will open with the screening of the German film "Jack" at the Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
 
Apart from the Little Theatre, the screenings will take place at two other venues, Alliance Française de Bombay and British Council.
 
This year's edition of the festival will feature films from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, CzechRepublic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
 
This yearthe festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from thecomedy of the absurd to gripping drama,unexpected romance and heart-stopping action.
 
“Films have a universal appeal. The European Union Film Festival has won a special place in the Indian film calendar and in the hearts of viewers by showcasing the wry, the unexpected, the beautiful and even the tragic events of ordinary lives in unfamiliar settings," Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union, said.
 
Dr. Martin Wälde, Director - Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai said, “The European Union Film Festival is an exciting initiative that provides an annual platform for film enthusiasts in India to watch some of the best contemporary cinema coming out of Europe. At the Goethe-Institut, we look forward to co-hosting the festival in Mumbai, and furthering cultural exchange between India and Europe. We firmly believe in the power of the arts in bringing people and cultures together in a mutually enlightening and respectful manner. This forms the basis of our projects, and our continued association with the European Union Film Festival. Once again this year, we look forward to some wonderful stories told through the power of cinema."
 
Mr. Alain Zayan, Director, Alliance Française de Bombay, said, “European Union Film Festival is a great occasion, every year, for us to showcase European diversity and creativity to the Indian audience eager to discover the numerous films proposed during the festival. It's also a unique opportunity for Alliance Française de Bombay to reinforce its role as one of the principal actors of Indo-European cultural exchange and as a gateway to Europe and its cultures. In a few words, we are glad to be part of this festival in India and glad to help build bridges between our countries."
 
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Highlights from the festival this year include the stories of a ten year old abandoned boy ‘Jack’ who picks up his six-year-old brother and finds his way to life on his own; a great soldier of Rome who is despised by his own people and forced to turn to his enemy to find acceptance and an out-of-work illusionist who has a life-changing experience when he meets a young woman in Scotland.
 
Jack, the inaugural movie, is a film about the development of a boy who learns to take responsibility from a young age. At the end of the film, he surprises the audience with the decision he makes and holds up a mirror to them with the courage he shows.
This film is produced by Jan Krüger, René Römert (2014) and has won international awards, including Silver Award for Best film in Lola  2015 (Deutscher Filmpreis 2015)
 
Entry at all venues will be on a first come, first served basis.However, for British movie 'Coriolanus' to be screened at the British Council, registration will be through their website, a press release from the organisers said.                               
 
The festival, currently running in Delhi, Chennai and Chandigarh, will traverse further through Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Jodhpur till August 14.
 
The films to be screened at the EUFF are: Austria–Jack; Belgium - Les Rayures du Zèbre |(Scouting for Zebras); Cyprus - Block 12; Czech Republic-Three Brothers; Denmark -StilleHjerte |Silent Heart;Finland - Ollaanvapaita|Urban Family; France-L'illusionniste, |(The Illusionist); Germany – Jack; Greece - Wild Duck; Hungary - Utóélet |(Afterlife); Ireland - The Irish Rebellion; Italy - Michiamo Maya (My Name Is Maya); Latvia - Mother, I love you; Lithuania -Edeno Sodas (The Garden of Eden); Luxembourg - Dead Man Talking; Malta-Simshar; Netherlands-Michiel De Ruyter|Admiral; Poland-Bogowie(Gods); Portugal - Cats Don't Have Vertigo; Slovakia-Rytmus – A Dream from the Block; Slovenia - Sailing to Paradise; Spain - Flamenco From The Roots; Sweden– Atertraffen (The Reunion); United Kingdom – Coriolanus.
 
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Charlotte's End – Continuing the saga from Rebecca

It’s quite common for Western authors to explore Indian themes with a sense of mysticism tinged with spiritualism that has come to signify the Indian ethos, but not so common for Indian authors to write on Western themes in a European setting.
 
A lot of us have grown with Daphne du Maurier’s classics such as Rebecca but perhaps somewhere there was a lurking wish in us that du Maurier had continued the saga.
 
This is exactly what a Karnataka cadre IAS officer has done with du Maurier’s Rebecca, by virtually creating her own wishful continuation, with the same British setting, retaining some of the principal characters and set it against the World War II background and even bringing in an espionage angle for dramatic effect.
 
Only the names change. Probably for copyright reasons, though there is no bar on creating a serial for a famous novel.
 
The result, a lucidly written novel, Charlotte's End (Rebecca becomes Charlotte here), by Veena S. Rao, who retired from the Government of India as the Secretary , North East Development portfolio.
 
If you didn’t find the Indian name Veena S. Rao on the book, you would have thought it had been written by a Briton, because the language is such, the feel is such, the graphic description of locales in London and other places is too astounding for an Indian sitting in Delhi.
 
The novel opens in the pre-war part of 1939, and travels through the 2nd World War. Rao brilliantly weaves a story of tragedy and romance, mystery and action in the background of the war, an old English mansion with eerie secrets and the lurking shadow of a dead woman.
 
“The book is quite unputdownable,” said Mani Shankar Iyer , former Union Minister, who released it here earlier this week at a function which turned out be a reading and literary session on the book. Joining him in releasing and reviewing the book were the eminent economist and Niti Aayog Member, Dr Bibek Debroy, veteran stage and film actor Tom Alter, Ms Asha Mandapa, a leading artist in structural glass and Renu Kaul Verma, who published the book through her concern Vitastaa Publishing (available on Amazon).
 
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Rao is, perhaps, the first Indian author to have boldly and effortlessly woven a novel about a completely British theme in an English setting.  Alter described the book as a stand-alone and stand out novel. "It’s only in India I think the best form of English is spoken or written," he said.
 
How is it different from du Maurier’s original work? Rao takes the defeated characters and shakes them around into action, restarts their ill-starred lives and the novel ends with them succeeding.
 
From the beginning to end, strong psychological themes run across the novel.. .especially of a young girl from a common background married to a wealthy aristocrat whom she adores, always trying to overcome her social inadequacies and fears, always afraid of losing her husband’s love. How the war-time events in England help in driving away the ghosts of the past and brings happiness to the haunted couple forms the leit motif of the engrossing novel.
 
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Eros Now launches on Apple TV

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Indian film entertainment major Eros International has announced that Eros Now, its digital over-the-top distribution service, has expanded availability of the service to the Apple TV media platform.
 
A press release from the company said Eros Now is now showcasing its repository of Bollywood and regional language films and music videos, across Apple TV’s presence in 80 key countries including the United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia. 
 
The release said the Indian entertainment service includes features such as: full length movies, thematic curated playlists, English and Arabic subtitles for movies, music video playlists, regional language filters, video progression (users can continue watching a title they were watching on TV, mobile, tablet or computer) and access to a Watchlist of titles discovered on any media platform that Eros Now is available on.
 
Subscribers can now download the Eros Now app through the Apple TV App Store.
 
Rishika Lulla Singh CEO - Eros Digital said, “We are pleased to announce Eros Now’s further expansion to additional media platforms offered by Apple, an illustrious global brand. With the success of our iOS application on iPhone and iPad, we are strengthening our connection to our subscribers who are using Apple’s products everyday by now bringing a compelling array of Bollywood and regional language content to their living room.” 
 
The Apple TV association reaffirms Eros Now’s presence across top streaming devices. The app is available across most smart TV platforms including Android TV, Samsung, Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV, the release added.
 
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Artist Bose Krishamachari to curate Yinchuan Biennale in China

Bose Krishnamachari
Bose Krishnamachari
Well-known artist Krishnamachari Bose, who is co-founder of the much-acclaimed Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), will curate the inaugural Yinchuan biennale in China, shaping the city’s first foray into the global art scene along a roadmap set by India’s only biennale.
 
The biennale is titled "For An Image, Faster Than Light" and Krishnamachari has already chosen 40 out of the 80 international artists who will showcase their works within the dramatic environs of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Yinchuan from September 9 to December 18 this year/
 
The featured artists will explore a range of contemporary issues, in keeping with the breadth of Krishnamachari’s creative vision and the cosmopolitan ethic that is also the hallmark of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The extensive and pluralistic list of participating artists includes Ai Weiwei, the iconic Chinese dissident artist; Anish Kapoor, Riyas Komu, co-founder of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and Sudarshan Shetty, curator of the 2016 edition of the Biennale in Kochi. 
 
Speaking of his curatorial concept, Krishnamachari said, “This biennale in China can postulate different themes, including spiritual and social consciousness, an examination of political narratives and critical global engagement and an acknowledgment of a collective responsibility therein.”
 
“A light to be seen through art’s eyes. It is indeed a circle in which we seek, from beginning to end, a light to hold within the image of a finger bowl,” he added, noting the potential of a cultural extravaganza to create discourse and frame conflicts confronting the modern world.
 
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The biennale will also see a host of cultural activities like music programmes and seminars on the various aspects of the concept note.
 
Krishnmachari’s oeuvre includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, design, installation and architecture. His works have shaped the direction of contemporary Indian art. He has exhibited in several important solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Norway, Denmark and Rome. He has also undertaken many curatorial projects apart from being the artistic director of the first KMB in 2012.
 
The Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan is the first contemporary museum along the Yellow River in the northwest of China. It is considered among the best new museums in China. Many of the site-specific works will involve artistic residencies in MOCA Yinchuan’s International Artist Village.
 
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KBF hosts Open Studio on notions of space and movement

Anja Kempe
Anja Kempe
The exploration of the unknowns of physical space and probing the potential for movement and displacement inform Anja Kempe’s art. In Kochi’s dynamic environs, its architectural changes and tensions, the German installation artist found no dearth of inspiration.
 
Over her six-week sojourn in the city under the Pepper House Residency programme hosted by the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), Kempe staged photographic interventions in its nooks and warrens to explore the notions and perceptions of space and its occupation.
 
The threads of her work came together at an Open Studio at Pepper House, Fort Kochi on Saturday. Her project, titled ‘Inner Grid’, features the photographic corpus situated around a structure built from local materials like bamboo and wood.
 
“What kind of inner grid do we bring to understand a space and how can an artwork shift this grid?” Kempe asked, during an accompanying talk on her project and practice.
 
The installation is in keeping with the site-specificity that marks Kempe’s oeuvre: It is an architectural extension that seeks to alloy fiction to her milieu’s existing spatial conditions, its interactions with its people in order to provide expansive choreographies for the viewer.
 
“My works concentrate simultaneously on both genders,” said Kempe, whose work situates the dichotomy of male-female interactions within the frameworks of movement and memory. “This is an examination of both the individual memory of the body and the collective memory of movements.” 
 
The Pepper House Residency programme, run in collaboration with HCL, Pepper House, Goethe Institute, and Malabar Escapes between editions of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, is an international residency opportunity for artists from all disciplines to work, engage and collaborate.
 
Kempe, based in Dresden, has exhibited internationally in group shows and solo exhibitions including at z33, Hasselt; Ars Electronica Campus, Linz; Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Museum Schloss Moyland; Halle14 Leipzig; NGBK Berlin; Young Artist Project, Daegu and ISCP New York.
 
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India to be promoted as filming destination: Rathore

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Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today inaugurated the India Pavilion at the 69th Cannes Film Festival promising to promote the country as a filming destination by offering single-window clearance for film makers and providing a platform for film tourism.
 
The Minister said the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) set up by the government was a step in this direction. The initiative also addressed the requirement of prospective film makers who were keen to utilize India’s platform for filming purposes, he said.
 
Col. Rathore said the FFO would act as a facilitation point for film producers and assist them in obtaining requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locales as well as the facilities available with the Indian film industry for production/post production.
 
The primary objective of the FFO was to create an environment that inspired filmmakers and tap the vast talent available in the Indian film industry, he said.
 
It would also identify and recommend such policy changes at the Central and State levels that would make India a more film-friendly destination.
 
The Minister also outlined the steps being taken by the Ministry to streamline the process of permission in States. In this regard, he said the Ministry had requested State governments to appoint a nodal officer for purpose of promoting and facilitating film shootings.
 
The FFO would regularly engage with these nodal officers to remove any roadblocks and ease out the process of permissions as well as promote the states internationally through initiatives such as conducting familiarization (fam) tours for foreign filmmakers and participation at international markets.
 
He highlighted the Government’s recent initiative of instituting the “Most Film Friendly State” award as part of the National Film Awards with the objective to encourage the State Governments to support the film industry.
 
The award aims to sensitize the Indian states towards film tourism, advantages of bringing in foreign film makers to shoot in their state, promote India as a preferred filming destination as well as encourage the growth of the film industry.
 
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The Minister touched upon the criteria for the award which included presence of  single-window clearance facility and state government-backed film studio complex. It should have. dedicated locations for film shoots, production and post production infrastructure.
 
The states could also offer incentives, set up a dedicated web portal, a database of facilities available, efforts being made to develop talent for the film industry, connectivity in the state and international marketing initiatives.
 
As part of perspective planning, the Minister said a dedicated web portal to take this application process online, would be operational in the next few months.
 
The portal would not only enable online submission of application, and enlist guidelines of key central government Ministries and Departments regarding shooting of films in one place, but also create a Locations Guide and a Service Providers Directory, so as to become a single window for the international film community who were looking to shoot their films in India.
 
Mr. Rathore also spoke about the proposed National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics. 
 
While the Government would focus on providing land and infrastructure, the private partners would be invited to take utilize this initiative with investment, technology and faculty.
 
The Minister also unveiled the official poster and brochure of the 47th International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa in November 2016.
 
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale announces 25 artists for third edition in December

Sudarshan Shetty
Sudarshan Shetty
The third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) will feature internationally reputed writers, musicians and theatre-persons along with a host of visual artistes from across India and the world. 
 
Among them will be iconic Chilean poet Raul Zurita, who was announced as the first artist at KMB’16 on December 15, 2015.
 
This year's biennale will host works by artists working across a range of media – in keeping with its mandate to broaden and blur the labels and lines attributed to art, according to KMB’16 curator Sudarshan Shetty.
 
“It is going to be an admixture of styles, schools and sensibilities,” said Shetty, long recognised as one of his generation’s most innovative artists.
 
Shetty was unanimously chosen as curator by an Artistic Advisory Committee appointed by the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), which organises the Biennale. KMB’16 will be Shetty’s first curatorial project.
 
The largest event of its kind in South Asia, KMB’16 will run for 108 days from December 12, 2016, to March 29, 2017, and will comprise the main art exhibition and an ancillary programme of talks, seminars, workshops, film screenings, and music sessions across a range of venues in Fort Kochi and Ernakulam.
 
Talking about developing a project on this scale and his curatorial vision, Shetty said, “I see the KMB as naturally embodying and carrying forward the multiculturalism of Kochi that is nurtured by both history and myth. The biennale creates a space for cross-cultural interactions – something that is a fundamental aspect of Kochi’s historical and mythical identity – and can also be viewed as a means of connecting the past and the present, without looking at them in binaries. It is important that we look at this Biennale as part of that larger flow (from the past) that comes down as a great waterfall to the present and flows through our contemporary realities and artistic practices in the form of many streams or rivers.”
 
“I see my role as the curator of the biennale as tracing the trajectories of those streams. Incorporating this idea of the streams or rivers into my curatorial approach allows me to see the biennale as a force and flow that continues beyond its own physical time frame and space,” said Shetty, whose work was featured in the debut KMB in 2012.
 
The following are the First 25 artists chosen for the event: 
 
Raul Zurita (poetry/installation, Chile), Ouyang Jianghe (poetry/installation, China), Sophie Dejode and Bertrand Lacombe (sculpture/installation, France), Caroline Duchatelet (video, France), Achraf Touloub (drawing/video, Morocco/France), Sharmistha Mohanty (poetry/installation, India), Avinash Veeraraghavan (embroidery/video, India), Orijit Sen (graphic arts, India), Anamika Haksar (theatre, India), Praneet Soi (drawing/sculpture/installation, India/Holland), T.V. Santhosh (painting, India), Desmond Lazaro (painting, India/UK), Daniele Galliano (painting/performance, Italy), Yuko Mohri (installation, Japan), Katrina Neiburga and Andris Eglitis (installation, Latvia), Valerie Mejer (poetry/painting, Mexico), Camille Norment (sound installation, USA/Norway), Pedro Gomez-Egana (installation, Colombia/Norway), Hanna Tuulikki (sound/word/video, UK), Charles Avery (drawing/public space installation, UK), Gary Hill (video, USA), Dana Awartani (drawing/painting, Saudi Arabia), Erik Van Lieshout (performance, Netherlands), Naiza Khan (video installation, Pakistan/UK) and Pawel Althamer (performance/sculpture, Poland).
 
A second list of artists will be announced in the coming months, a press release from KBF said.
 
The past two editions of the biennale used heritage properties, public spaces, and galleries in Fort Kochi and Ernakulam. KMB’16 venues will include Aspinwall House, Pepper House, David Hall, and Durbar Hall.
 
The largest and primary setting in Fort Kochi is Aspinwall House, a sea-facing heritage property with warehouses, a residential bungalow, and an office building. Aspinwall House has been loaned to the KMB by DLF Limited in association with the Gujral Foundation.
 
Other venues include the historic Durbar Hall in Ernakulam, renovated by the KBF; David Hall, a restored Dutch bungalow in Fort Kochi; and Pepper House, a colonial-era spice warehouse that now serves as a venue for exhibitions, artist residency studios and art workshops. 
 
The KBF is an artist-led non-profit institution founded by renowned artists Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari in 2010. Since its inception, the KMB has established itself as a catalyst for artistic engagement and dialogue in India, becoming a repository of ideas and ideologies, an occasion to reimagine both past and present, and reflect upon the notions of diversity and cosmopolitanism as represented by the pluralism of Kochi itself. 
 
Previous editions of the KMB, in 2012 and 2014, showcased the works of 183 artists from around the world, and had a combined draw of nearly a million visitors.
 
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In addition to the biennale, KBF also manages several education and outreach activities to augment art education, and foster wider debate and discussion on the topic of contemporary art.
 
The biennale’s third outing will present a multifaceted programme that also showcases the results of the KBF’s outreach efforts among students of all ages such as the ‘Students’ Biennale’, a nationwide outreach project involving 60 Indian art colleges and curated by 15 young curators, and ‘Art by Children (ABC)’, India’s first children’s-only art event, a project aimed at initiating youngsters into art and art appreciation with children as both artist and audience.
 
Shetty is one of the most significant figures of contemporary Indian art.  Originally trained as a painter at the Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai, he moved early on to sculpture and installation and more recently into film. 
 
He is well known for enigmatic, large-scale installations in which physical objects, composed and joined in unfamiliar ways, become the media for contemplating loss, absence, death, emptiness and regeneration.  His work rigorously explores dualisms and polarities as they are articulated through the binary oppositions of human being and object being, life and death, absence and presence, seeking and revealing their immanence in all forms of being.
 
In his recent work, Shetty has actively engaged with other artistic forms, including poetry and writing, music and architecture to consider the distinctions between action on-screen and off-screen, the real and the imagined, tradition and the contemporary.
 
An artist who came of age in India before the liberalisation of its economy and the internationalisation of its art world, Shetty’s career highlights a struggle with approaches that are conditioned by another’s vision and with the global canons of art history. 
 
In this spirit, his work is rooted in the knowledge that remains tacit and taken for granted in his own experience of music, poetry and storytelling traditions in Indian idioms, but which refuses to be positioned as elucidating a foreign worldview or a specific point of view on empirical reality – instead creating experiences that can be shared by viewers everywhere, drawing on their own resources.
 
In a career spanning nearly three decades, Shetty has exhibited widely, at some of the most prominent and prestigious international and Indian venues, most recently at the 20th Sydney Biennale.
 
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Indian films truly reflect national character of unity, diversity: Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday that Indian films truly reflected the Indian character of unity and diversity and felt the overseas market held great potential for them, given the growing interest in the Indian film industry around the world.

President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Best Actress Award to Kangana Ranaut at the National Film Awards ceremony in New Delhi, on May 3, 2016.
President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Best Actress Award to Kangana Ranaut at the National Film Awards ceremony in New Delhi, on May 3, 2016.
President Pranab Mukherjee today said Indian films truly reflected the Indian character of unity and diversity.
 
Speaking after presenting the National Film Awards for 2015 here, he said that, with a growing world audience who were attracted towards Indian films and the increasing presence of Indian films in different parts of the world, the overseas market held great potential for the Indian film industry.
 
He said it was heartening to note that the revenue from overseas theatrical releases had witnessed an increase of 11.5 percent from Rs. 8.6 billion in 2014 to Rs. 9.6 billion in 2015. 
 
He complimented the composition of Award winners in the National Film Awards which included new comers as well as legends of Indian cinema. He said that the Awards this year reflected all aspects of cinema including digitization and technology. 
 
The President also conferred this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2015 -- the top honour in Indian cinema to well-known film actor and director Manoj Kumar, who in his heydays had acquired the image of a patriotic hero. He was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry.
 
A total of 21 awards were given by the President in the Non-Feature Films category while the number of awards in Feature Films category being 51. Three awards were given for Best Writing on Cinema.
 
In the Feature Film category, the award for the Best Feature Film was given to Baahubali, produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Arka Mediaworks Pvt Ltd. and directed by S.S Rajamouli. 
 
Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and produced by Phantom Films received the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director. The Award for the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment was given to Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi) directed by Kabir Khan. 
 
The award for the Best Film on Social Issues was given to Nirnayakam produced by Jairaj Films and directed by VK Prakash. 
 
The award for the Best Director was conferred on Sanjay Leela Bansali for the Film Baajirao Mastani (Hindi). 
 
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan won the award for the Best Actor for the film Piku (Hindi) and the award for the Best Actress was conferred on Kangana Ranaut for her double role in Tanu weds Manu Returns (Hindi). The award for the Best Children's Film was given to Duronto (Hindi) produced by Code Red Films. Gaurav Menon was conferred the award for Best Child Artiste for Ben (Malayalam). 
 
Baahubali was chosen for the top award for being an imaginative film and monumental in its production values and cinematic brilliance in creating a fantasy world on screen.
 
Bachchan got the award for his delightful, delectable performance of a man who finally lets himself go, at the age of seventy, while Ranaut was chosen for her dynamic portrayal of two contrasting characters, laced with mirth and charm.
 
Ranaut, who had won the Best Actress award last year, too, for her role in Hindi film "Queen", has achieved the rare distinction of winning the top honour for the second year in a row.
 
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Bhansali was given the award for his masterful handling of all aspects of the medium of cinema to weave a tragic love story within a grand historic drama.
 
Samuthirakan got the award for the Best Supporting Actor award for the film Visaranaai. The award for best supporting actress was given to Tanvi Azmi for her role in Bajirao Mastani. 
 
Dr. Rajakumar Samagra Charithre was chosen for the Best Book on Cinema award. The Best Film Critic award went to Meghachandra Kongbam who interprets the world of Indian cinema for his readers in Manipuri. 
 
This year's National Film Awards included a special award given to the state of Gujarat for being the most film friendly state in the country.
 
The following is the full list of awards:
 
1.    BEST FEATURE FILM: BAAHUBALI -- Producer: SHOBU YARLAGADDA and ARKA MEDIAWORKS (P) LTD., Director : S.S RAJAMOULI
2.     INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: MASAAN -- Producer:   PHANTOM FILMS, Director :  NEERAJ GHAYWAN
3.     BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT: BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN -- Producer: SALMA KHAN, SALMAN KHAN, ROCKLINE VENKTESH, Director : KABIR KHAN
4.     NARGIS DUTT AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM ON NATIONAL INTEGRATION: NANAK SHAH FAKIR -- Producer:  
GURBANI MEDIA PVT. LTD. 
5.      BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: NIRNAYAKAM -- Producer: JAIRAJ FILMS, Director :  V.K PRAKASH
6.      BEST FILM ON ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION: VALIYA CHIRAKULLA PAKSHIKAL -- Producer:  ANANTHAKRISHNA PILLAI, Director : DR. BIJU
7.      BEST CHILDREN’S FILM: DURONTO -- Producer: CODE RED FILMS, Director : SOUMENDRA PADHI
8.      BEST DIRECTION: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- DIRECTOR:  SANJAY LEELA BANSALI
9.      BEST ACTOR: PIKU -- AMITABH BACHCHAN
10.   BEST ACTRESS: TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS -- KANGANA RANAUT
11.   BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: VISAARANAI -- SAMUTHIRAKANI
12.   BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- TANVI AZMI
13.   BEST CHILD ARTISTE:  BEN -- GAURAV MENON
14.   BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER: KATYAR KALIJAT GHUSLI -- MAHESH KALE
15.   BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER: DUM LAGA KE HAISA -- MONALI THAKUR, SONG: MOH MOH KE DHAGE
16.   BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- SUDEEP CHATERJEE
17.   BEST SCREENPLAY:
i)  Screenplay Writer (Original):  PIKU and TANU WEDS MANU RETURN -- JUHI CHATURVEDI and HIMANSHU SHARMA
ii)  Screenplay Writer (Adapted): TALVAR -- VISHAL BHARDWAJ
iii)  Dialogues: PIKU and TANU WEDS MANU RETURN -- JUHI CHATURVEDI and HIMANSHU SHARMA
18.   BEST AUDIOGRAPHY
i)    Location Sound Recordist: TALWAR -- SANJAY KURIAN
ii)   Sound Designer: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- BISWADEEP CHATTERJEE
iii)   Re-recordist of the final mixed track: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- JUSTIN GOSE
19.   BEST EDITING: VISAARANAI -- LATE KISHORE T.E
20.   BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- SHRIRAM IYENGAR, SALONI DHATRAK and SUJEET SAWANT
21.   BEST COSTUME DESIGNER: NANAK SHAH FAKIR -- PAYAL SALUJA
22.   BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST: NANAK SHAH FAKIR -- PREETISHEEL G SINGH AND CLOVER WOOTTON
23.   BEST  MUSIC DIRECTION: 
a)      Songs: ENNU NINTE MOIDEEN -- M JAYACHANDRAN, SONG:KAATHIRUNNU KAATHIRUNNU
b)     Background Score: THAARAI THAPPATTAI -- ILAIYARAAJA
24.   BEST LYRICS: DUM LAGA KE HAISA -- VARUN GROVER,
SONG: MOH MOH KE DHAGE
25.   SPECIAL JURY AWARD: MARGARITA WITH STRAW -- KALKI KOCHLIN
26.   BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: BAJIRAO   MASTANI -- REMO D’SOUZA, SONG: DEEWANI MASTANI
27.   BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: BAAHUBALI -- V. SRINIVAS MOHAN
28.   BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
a)     BEST ASSAMESE FILM: KOTHANODI -- Producer: 
ANURUPA HAZARIKA, Director : BHASKAR HAZARIKA
b)     BEST BENGALI FILM: SHANKHACHIL -- Producer:  NIDEAS CREATIONS & PRODUCTIONS PVT LTD., Director :  GOUTAM GHOSE
c)    BEST HINDI FILM: DUM LAGA KE HAISHA -- Producer:  MANEESH SHARMA & YASH RAJ FILMS, Director :  SHARAT KATARIYA
d)    BEST KANNADA  FILM: THITHI -- Producer: PRSPCTVS PRODUCTIONS PVT LTD., Director : RAAM REDDY
e)    BEST KONKANI FILM: ENEMY -- Producer: A DURGA  PRASAD, Director: DINESH P. BHONSLE
f)     BEST MALAYALAM FILM: PATHEMARI -- Producer: ALLENS MEDIA, Director: SALIM AHAMED
g)    BEST MARATHI FILM: RINGAN -- Producer: MY ROLE MOTION PICTURES, Director: MAKARAND MANE
h)    BEST ODIYA  FILM: PAHADA RA LUHA -- Producer:  MOHAPATRA MOVIE MAGIC PVT. LTD., Director:  SABYASACHI MOHAPATRA
i)      BEST PUNJABI FILM: CHAUTHI KOOT -- Producer: NFDC & KARTIKEYA SINGH, Director: GURVINDER SINGH
j)      BEST TAMIL FILM: VISAARANAI -- Producer:  WUNDERBAR FILMS, Director:  VETRI MAARAN
k)     BEST TELUGU FILM: KANCHE -- Producer:  Y. RAJEEV REDDY, Director: RADHA KRISHNA JAGARLAMUDI (KRISH)
l)      BEST SANSKRIT FILM: PRIYAMANASAM -- Producer:  BABY MATHEW SOMATHEERAM, Director: VINOD MANKARA
m)    BEST MAITHILI FILM: MITHILA MAKHAAN -- Producer: NEETU CHANDRA & SAMIR KUMAR, Director: NITIN CHANDRA
n)     BEST MIZO FILM: KIMA’S LODE BEYOND THE CLASS -- 
Producer: CHILDREN’S FILM SOCIETY, Director: ZUALAA CHHANGTE
o)     BEST MANIPURI FILM: EIBUSU YAOHANBIYU -- Producer: YUNMAN HITALAR (NETA) SINGH, Director: MAIPAKSANA HAORONGBAM
29.   BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED OTHER THAN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
a)     BEST WANCHO FILM: THE HEAD HUNTER -- Producer: SPLASH FILMS PRIVATE LIMITED, Director: NILANJAN DATTA
b)     BEST HARYANVI FILM: SATRANGI -- Producer: PUNAM DESWAL SHARMA, Director: SUNDEEP SHARMA
c)     BEST KHASI FILM: ONAATAH -- Producer: POMU DAS- MARJINA KURBAH, Director: PRADIP KURBAH
d)     BEST BODO FILM: DAU HUDUNI METHAI -- Producer: SHANKARLAL GOENKA, Director: MANJU BORAH
30.   SPECIAL MENTION
a)     SAIRAT -- RINKU RAJGURU -- CERTIFICATE
b)     SU SU SUDHI VATHMEEKAM & LUKKA CHUPPI -- JAYASURYA -- CERTIFICATE
c)     IRUDHI SUTTRU -- RITIKA SINGH -- CERTIFICATE
 
NON-FEATURE FILMS
 
1.      BEST NON FEATURE FILM: Amdavad Ma Famous --
Producer: Akanksha Tewari & Arya A. Menon, Director: Hardik Mehta
2.      BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: Daaravtha -- Producer: Nishantroy Bombarde, Director:  Nishantroy Bombarde
3.      BEST ANTHROPOLOGICAL/ ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM: Aoleang -- Producer: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Stuidies, Director: Ranajit Ray  
4.     BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION:  
Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli -- Producer:  Reelism Film, Director: O.P Shrivastava
5.     BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM: 1. A Far Afternoon- A Painted Saga -- Producer: Piramal Art Foundation, Director: Sruti Harihara Subramanian AND 2. Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy -Music Beyond Boundaries -- Producer: Siddhartha Productions,  
Director: Amshan Kumar
6.    BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM (to cover tourism, exports, crafts, industry etc): Weaves of Maheshwar -- Producer: Storyloom Films, Director: Keya Vaswani & Nidhi Kamath
7.    BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM  INCLUDING AGRICULTURE:  
1. The Man who Dwarfed the Mountains -- Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra, PSBT, Director: Ruchi Shrivastava & Sumit Sunderlal Khanna AND 2. God On The Edge -- Producer: Elements Picture Studio, Director: Ashok Patel
8.     BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: Auto Driver -- Director: Longjam Meena Devi, Producer: Oinam Doren & Longjam Meena Devi
9.     BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM: Paywat -- Producer: Mithunchandra Chaudhari, Director: Nayana Dolas & Mithunchandra Chaudhari
10.   BEST EXPLORATION/ ADVENTURE FILM (TO INCLUDE SPORTS): Dribbling with their Future -- Producer: N. Dinesh Raj Kumar  & Mathew Varghese, Director: Jacob Varghese
11.   BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM: Tezpur 1962 -- Producer: Films Division, Director: Samujjal Kashyap
12.   BEST  ANIMATION FILM: Fisherwoman and TukTuk -- Producer: Nilima Eriyat, Director: Suresh Eriyat, Animator: Studio Eeksaurus Productions Private Limited
13.   SPECIAL JURY AWARD: In Search of Fading Canvas -- Producer: Films Division, Director: Manohar Singh Bisht
14.   BEST SHORT FICTION FILM: Aushadh -- Producer: Amol Deshmukh, Director: Amol Deshmukh
15.   BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES: Best Friends Forever -- 
Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed (Edumedia India Pvt. Ltd.),  Director: Sandeep Modi
16.   BEST DIRECTION: Kamuki -- Director: Christo Tomy
17.   BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Benaras- The Unexplored Attachments -- Cameraperson:  Amartya Bhattacharyya
18.   BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: Edpa Kana -- Audiographer:
Moumita Roy
19.   BEST EDITING: Breaking Free -- Editor: Parvin Angre and Sridhar Rangayan
20.   BEST MUSIC: A Far Afternoon- A Painted Saga -- Aravind - Shankar
21.   BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER
1. Mala Laj Watat Nahai -- Narrator: Harish Bhimani
2. Arangile Nithya Vismayam Guru Chemancherry Kunhiraman Nair - Narrator: Aliyaar
22.   SPECIAL MENTION: 
1. The Chameleon  --  Director: Arun Shankar  
2. Amma -- Director: Neelan
3. Syaahi -- Drector: Varun Tandon
 
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
                                                                                                                    
Best Book on Cinema: DR. RAJAKUMAR SAMAGRA CHARITHRE -- Writer: DAHULLURU RUKKOJI, Publisher: PREETI PUSTAKA PRAKASHANA
Special Mention: Forgotten Masters of Hindi Cinema -- Satish  Chopra
Best Film Critic: MEGHACHANDRA KONGBAM
 
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Shyam Benegal committee submits recommendations on film certification

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A committee chaired by eminent filmmaker Shyam Benegal has recommended that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should only be a film certification body whose scope should be restricted to categorizing the suitability of the film to audience groups on the basis of age and maturity.
 
In the major part of its recommendations submitted to Information & Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley here, the committee said the CBFC shold refuse certification only when a film contains anything that contravenes the provisions of Section 5B (1) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 or when its content crosses the ceiling laid down in the highest category of certification.
 
The committee had been set up by the Ministry on January 1 this year to lay down norms for film certification that took note of best practices in various parts of the world and gave sufficient and adequate space for artistic and creative expression.
 
The committee was also asked to lay down procedures and guidelines for the benefit of the CBFC to follow and examine staffing patterns with a view to recommending a framework that would provide efficient and transparent user friendly services. 
 
Other members of the committee are well-known actor Kamal Hassan, filmmakers Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra and Goutam Ghose, advertising guru Piyush Pandey, film journalist Bhawana Somaaya, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Managing Diector Nina Lath Gupta and Mr. K. Sanjay Murthy, Joint Secretary (Films) in the Ministry of I&B, who is Member-Convener.
 
In its recommendations, the committee said the applicant submitted a film to the CBFC must specify the category of certification being sought and the target audience.
 
It said the objective of these guidelines was to ensure that children and adults are protected from potentially harmful or unsuitable content; audiences, particularly parents are empowered to make informed viewing decisions; artistic expression and creative freedom are not unduly curbed in the process of classification of films; the process of certification by CBFC is responsive, at all times, to social change; the certification by CBFC keeps within the rights and obligations as laid down in the Indian Constitution.
 
The recommendations broadly cover the areas related to Film Certification Process and its simplification, Restructuring staffing pattern of Central & Regional censor advisory panels and Recertification of films for purposes of telecast on television and measures to preserve the identity of Indian Cinema.
 
Regarding the categorisation of films, the committee recommended that it should be more specific and apart from U category, the UA Category can be broken up into further sub-categories – UA12+ and UA15+. 
 
The A category should also be sub-divided into A and AC (Adult with Caution) categories, it said.
 
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The committee said the certification of films shall be carried out in accordance with the guidelines proposed for certification that have been split into three sections, with each section required to be read with the other two – General Guidelines, Issue Related Guidelines and Category Specific Guidelines.
 
The committee has also made certain recommendations regarding the functioning of the board and has stated that the Board, including Chairman, should only play the role of a guiding mechanism for the CBFC, and not be involved in the day-to-day affairs of certification of films. The functions of the Board shall be confined to the duties defined in the existing CBFC rules, which inter alia include an annual review of CBFC work, submission of annual report to the government, review of public reactions to films, and periodic recommendations for revision of guidelines. 
 
Given these limited functions, the size of the Board should be compact with one member representing each Regional Office. Therefore, the total composition of the Board should not be more than nine members and one Chairman.
 
Regarding the Regional Advisory Panel, the committee has laid down the criteria for appointment. All nine regions will have advisory panels comprising persons who are acquainted with the languages being certified by that regional office.
 
Members from all walks of life, recommended by the National Film Development Corporation to the Central Government, will account for 25% of the membership. Members of the general public recommended by the FFSI (Federation of Film Societies of India), members recommended by the National Council for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and National Commission of Women (NCW), and representatives of the local film industry, as recommended by FFI (Film Federation of India) will also comprise 25% each of the membership. Women must have 50% representation on each panel, it said.
 
The committee has also recommended the following:
 
·         Online submission of applications as well as simplification of forms and accompanying documentation.
·         Recertification of a film for purposes of telecast on television or for any other purpose should be permitted.
·         In order to preserve Indian Cinema, the committee recommends that every applicant be asked to deposit the Director’s Cut in the NFAI for preservation of Indian Cinema, instead of the certified version, in order to truly reflect the cinematic history of Indian cinema.
·         Out-of-turn certification may be permitted for which the applicant would have to pay five times the fee that would have to be paid if the certification were done in the normal course.
·         In the event that complaints are received by the Central Government, the same shall be referred to the CBFC. The Chairperson may, if he considers it necessary to do so, refer the film to a Revising Committee for examination once again, on account of alleged violation of Section 5B(1) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
 
An official press release said the committee sought some more time to give recommendations on the certification of films regarding issues relating to clearances to be obtained from the Animal Welfare Board under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act; and depiction of smoking in films wherein films are required to show a disclaimer in every scene that involves smoking, as per a directive from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
 
This has been agreed to by the Minister of Information & Broadcasting and the committee will give its recommendations on these issues by June 20, the release added.
 
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National Cultural Festival at Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain from April 22

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A National Cultural Festival (NCF) has been organized by the Ministry of Culture at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh as part of “Simhastha Kumbh” starting from April 22.
 
An official press release said here today that all seven Cultural Zones of the country along with Lalit Kala Akademi, Sangeet Natak Akademi, National School of Drama,  Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), and Sahitya Akademi will be participating in the festival organized in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Government. 
 
Around 3,000 artistes from all over India have been invited to perform at the festival that will see a huge gathering. Daily performances will take place on four platforms – Garh Kalika Manch, Agar Manch, Bhookhi Mata and Sadaval Manch. 
 
Noted Hindustani vocalist Pandit Jasraj will perform on the inaugural day. Vedic chants and devotional songs every morning would start the day. More than 150 Rangoli artists will be making their presentations every day. Over 300 painters will be displaying their creativity documenting the various aspects of Simhastha Kumbh. 
 
All creations will be exhibited in New Delhi and a coffee table book will be published after conclusion of the Kumbh Festival. 
 
Divine classical, semi-classical and light music and folk and dances, kavi sammelan, plays, rangoli, art workshops, book exhibitions will be some of the major attractions of the festival. Artistes will also make presentations to convey a message on keeping rivers pure and clean.
 
South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur is the nodal agency for the festival. 
 
The Simhastha Kumbh is being held from April 22 to May 21 during which Ujjain will host hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arriving from various parts of the country. This festival will be a major attraction for foreign tourists as well, the release added.
 
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IGNCA Trust reconstituted, journalist Ram Bahadur Rai replaces Chinmaya Gharekhan

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The Government has reconstituted the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) Trust with immediate effect and named senior journalist Ram Bahadur Rai as the new president.
 
Mr. Rai, a former news editor with Hindi newspaper Janasatta here, replaces former career diplomat Chinmaya Gharekhan.
 
The other 19 new members of the Trust include noted Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh, lyricist Vasudeo Kamath, economist Nitin Desai, former Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police K. Arvinda Rao, filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi, painter Vasudeo Kamath, Bharatanatyam exponent Padma Subrahmaniam and former bureaucrat Rati Vinay Jha.
 
Other members include Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry president Harsh Neotia, former Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) chairman Mahesh Chandra Sharma and art scholar and historian Saryu Doshi.
 
New members of the trust also include Dr. Bharat Gupta, Dr. M. Seshan, Prof. Nirmala Sharma, Mr. D.P. Sinha, Mr. Viraj Yagnik, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Culture and Member-Secretary, IGNCA.
 
Ms. Subrahmaniam was a member of the outgoing Trust also.
 
Launched in 1985, the IGNCA, established in memory of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is visualised as a centre for the study and experience of the arts, placing them within the context of the natural and human environment. It also serves as a major resource centre for the arts, especially written, oral and visual materials.
 
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Zubin Mehta to celebrate 80th birthday with concerts in Mumbai

File photo of Zubin Mehta.
File photo of Zubin Mehta.
Well-known conductor Zubin Mehta will celebrate his 80th birthday with a series of three concerts in Mumbai organized by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation.
 
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) will return to Mumbai after seven years, under the baton of Mehta, who has had a long standing relationship with the IPO and its Director for Life. 
 
Five internationally acclaimed soloists -- Pinchas Zuckerman, Denis Matsuev, Amanda Forysth, Maria Katzarava, and the sensational tenor Andrea Bocelli, will perform with the orchestra on Sunday April 17th, Monday April 18th and Wednesday April 20th.  
 
The final concert will be an opera gala at the Brabourne Stadium where Bocelli will perform with the soprano Maria Katzarava.  
 
"Andrea Bocelli’s wide repertoire has brought into his audience, lovers of different music genres, different ages and all nationalities. His performance in Mumbai should be an unforgettable experience," a press release from the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation said.
 
Tickets for all three concerts have gone on sale from Sunday March 27 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the K. R. Cama Institute Hall, Bombay Samachar Marg, opposite Lion Gate, Fort, Mumbai. 
 
Tickets for the April 20th concert will also be available on www.bookmyshow.com from 9:00am onwards from March 27th until April 20th 
 
Mehroo Jeejeebhoy, Founder and Trustee of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, said, “We’re very proud to have maestro Zubin Mehta visit India so soon after last year’s visit.  But this visit is particularly special: Mumbai nurtured the young maestro, and he is bringing to the city the orchestra that he himself has nurtured.  What better way to celebrate his 80th birthday?  It  doesn’t get any more special than that.  
 
“To have the opportunity to hear Bocelli, Matsuev, Zukerman, Forsyth and Katzarava, with the IPO, makes this a once in a lifetime occasion," she said.
 
The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation was established in 1995 as a not-for-profit organisation to promote western classical music and to honour Mehli Mehta, Zubin Mehta's father, who in the 1930s and 1940s was the motivating force behind the Bombay String Quartet, the Bombay Symphony Orchestra and western classical music in the city. 
 
“Western classical music has a great history in India, and our Foundation focuses on keeping this tradition alive, by offering 
opportunities to study music to students, adults and teachers of western classical music. We teach over 400 students but could easily double our number of students if we had more available space.  The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation's outreach programme for children from low income communities has nearly 900 students in its programme.  Research has shown that music is incredibly important for the overall development of children. The presentation of concerts by the MMMF brings to Mumbai world class orchestras and soloists, and enriches the city’s cultural landscape," Ms. Jeejeebhoy said.
 
Zubin Mehta was born on April 29, 1936 in Bombay and received his first musical education from his father. He started his career by winning the Liverpool International Conducting Competition in 1958 and was also a prize winner of the summer academy at Tanglewood.
 
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By 1961, he had already conducted the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras and still retains close ties with them.  He was Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1961 to 1967. He became Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1962 – a post he retained until 1978.  
 
In 1969 he also became Music Advisor to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and was made Music Director of the orchestra in 1977.  In 1981 he was made Music Director for Life.  
 
Mehta has conducted over 3,000 concerts, including tours covering five continents.  In 1978 he was appointed Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, a tenure lasting 13 years – the longest in the orchestra’s history.  Since 1985, he has been the chief conductor at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence.
 
The release said the support of young talent is of major interest to Mehta. He founded the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Mumbai.  He is also associated with The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, which is closely related to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His new project offers young Arab Israelis in the cities of Shwaram and Nazareth opportunities to study with members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  
 
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National Awards: Baahubali is Best Film; Bachchan, Ranaut chosen Best Actors

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan
Baahubali was today chosen as the Best Feature Film while megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been picked as Best Actor for Piku and popular actress Kangana Ranaut as the Best Actress for Tanu Weds Manu Returns in the 63rd National Film Awards, 2015, announced here today.
 
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been chosen for the Best Direction award for his film Bajirao Mastani.
 
Bajrangi Bhaijan was declared the Best Popular Film providing whosesome entertainment.
 
Baahubali was chosen for the top award for being an imaginative film and monumental in its production values and cinematic brilliance in creating a fantasy world on screen.
 
Bachchan got the award for his delightful, delectable performance of a man who finally lets himself go, at the age of seventy, while Ranaut was chosen for her dynamic portrayal of two contrasting characters, laced with mirth and charm.
 
Ranaut, who had won the Best Actress award last year, too, for her role in Hindi film "Queen", has achieved the rare distinction of winning the top honour for the second year in a row.
 
Bhansali was given the award for his masterful handling of all aspects of the medium of cinema to weave a tragic love story within a grand historic drama.
 
The awards were announced here today by the chairpersons of the juries on Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on cinema, headed by filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, Vinod Ganatra and Advaita Kala, respectively.
 
Earlier, the chairpersons and members of the three juries presented their reports to Minister for Finance and Information & Broadcasting Arun Jaitley here today.
Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut
Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Rajyavardhan Rathore and Secretary (I&B) Sunil Arora were also present on the occasion. Mr. Jaitley appreciated the efforts put in by the jury members in deciding the awards in various categories which reflected the diversity of India’s cinematic brilliance and diversity.
 
Samuthirakan was chosen for the Best Supporting Actor award for the film Visaranaai. The award for best supporting actress was given to Tanvi Azmi for her role in Bajirao Mastani. 
 
Dr. Rajakumar Samagra Charithre was chosen for the Best Book on Cinema award. The Best Film Critic award went to Meghachandra Kongbam who interprets the world of Indian cinema for his readers in Manipuri. 
 
This year's National Film Awards included a special award given to the state of Gujarat for being the most film friendly state in the country.
 
The following are the awards:
 
1.    BEST FEATURE FILM: BAAHUBALI -- Producer: SHOBU YARLAGADDA and ARKA MEDIAWORKS (P) LTD., Director : S.S RAJAMOULI
2.     INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: MASAAN -- Producer:   PHANTOM FILMS, Director :  NEERAJ GHAYWAN
3.     BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT: BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN -- Producer: SALMA KHAN, SALMAN KHAN, ROCKLINE VENKTESH, Director : KABIR KHAN
4.     NARGIS DUTT AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM ON NATIONAL INTEGRATION: NANAK SHAH FAKIR -- Producer:  
GURBANI MEDIA PVT. LTD. 
5.      BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: NIRNAYAKAM -- Producer: JAIRAJ FILMS, Director :  V.K PRAKASH
6.      BEST FILM ON ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION: VALIYA CHIRAKULLA PAKSHIKAL -- Producer:  ANANTHAKRISHNA PILLAI, Director : DR. BIJU
7.      BEST CHILDREN’S FILM: DURONTO -- Producer: CODE RED FILMS, Director : SOUMENDRA PADHI
8.      BEST DIRECTION: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- DIRECTOR:  SANJAY LEELA BANSALI
9.      BEST ACTOR: PIKU -- AMITABH BACHCHAN
10.   BEST ACTRESS: TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS -- KANGANA RANAUT
11.   BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: VISAARANAI -- SAMUTHIRAKANI
12.   BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- TANVI AZMI
13.   BEST CHILD ARTISTE:  BEN -- GAURAV MENON
14.   BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER: KATYAR KALIJAT GHUSLI -- MAHESH KALE
15.   BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER: DUM LAGA KE HAISA -- MONALI THAKUR, SONG: MOH MOH KE DHAGE
16.   BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- SUDEEP CHATERJEE
17.   BEST SCREENPLAY:
i)  Screenplay Writer (Original):  PIKU and TANU WEDS MANU RETURN -- JUHI CHATURVEDI and HIMANSHU SHARMA
ii)  Screenplay Writer (Adapted): TALVAR -- VISHAL BHARDWAJ
iii)  Dialogues: PIKU and TANU WEDS MANU RETURN -- JUHI CHATURVEDI and HIMANSHU SHARMA
18.   BEST AUDIOGRAPHY
i)    Location Sound Recordist: TALWAR -- SANJAY KURIAN
ii)   Sound Designer: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- BISWADEEP CHATTERJEE
iii)   Re-recordist of the final mixed track: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- JUSTIN GOSE
19.   BEST EDITING: VISAARANAI -- LATE KISHORE T.E
20.   BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: BAJIRAO MASTANI -- SHRIRAM IYENGAR, SALONI DHATRAK and SUJEET SAWANT
21.   BEST COSTUME DESIGNER: NANAK SHAH FAKIR -- PAYAL SALUJA
22.   BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST: NANAK SHAH FAKIR -- PREETISHEEL G SINGH AND CLOVER WOOTTON
23.   BEST  MUSIC DIRECTION: 
a)      Songs: ENNU NINTE MOIDEEN -- M JAYACHANDRAN, SONG:KAATHIRUNNU KAATHIRUNNU
b)     Background Score: THAARAI THAPPATTAI -- ILAIYARAAJA
24.   BEST LYRICS: DUM LAGA KE HAISA -- VARUN GROVER,
SONG: MOH MOH KE DHAGE
25.   SPECIAL JURY AWARD: MARGARITA WITH STRAW -- KALKI KOCHLIN
26.   BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: BAJIRAO   MASTANI -- REMO D’SOUZA, SONG: DEEWANI MASTANI
27.   BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: BAAHUBALI -- V. SRINIVAS MOHAN
28.   BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
a)     BEST ASSAMESE FILM: KOTHANODI -- Producer: 
ANURUPA HAZARIKA, Director : BHASKAR HAZARIKA
b)     BEST BENGALI FILM: SHANKHACHIL -- Producer:  NIDEAS CREATIONS & PRODUCTIONS PVT LTD., Director :  GOUTAM GHOSE
c)    BEST HINDI FILM: DUM LAGA KE HAISHA -- Producer:  MANEESH SHARMA & YASH RAJ FILMS, Director :  SHARAT KATARIYA
d)    BEST KANNADA  FILM: THITHI -- Producer: PRSPCTVS PRODUCTIONS PVT LTD., Director : RAAM REDDY
e)    BEST KONKANI FILM: ENEMY -- Producer: A DURGA  PRASAD, Director: DINESH P. BHONSLE
f)     BEST MALAYALAM FILM: PATHEMARI -- Producer: ALLENS MEDIA, Director: SALIM AHAMED
g)    BEST MARATHI FILM: RINGAN -- Producer: MY ROLE MOTION PICTURES, Director: MAKARAND MANE
h)    BEST ODIYA  FILM: PAHADA RA LUHA -- Producer:  MOHAPATRA MOVIE MAGIC PVT. LTD., Director:  SABYASACHI MOHAPATRA
i)      BEST PUNJABI FILM: CHAUTHI KOOT -- Producer: NFDC & KARTIKEYA SINGH, Director: GURVINDER SINGH
j)      BEST TAMIL FILM: VISAARANAI -- Producer:  WUNDERBAR FILMS, Director:  VETRI MAARAN
k)     BEST TELUGU FILM: KANCHE -- Producer:  Y. RAJEEV REDDY, Director: RADHA KRISHNA JAGARLAMUDI (KRISH)
l)      BEST SANSKRIT FILM: PRIYAMANASAM -- Producer:  BABY MATHEW SOMATHEERAM, Director: VINOD MANKARA
m)    BEST MAITHILI FILM: MITHILA MAKHAAN -- Producer: NEETU CHANDRA & SAMIR KUMAR, Director: NITIN CHANDRA
n)     BEST MIZO FILM: KIMA’S LODE BEYOND THE CLASS -- 
Producer: CHILDREN’S FILM SOCIETY, Director: ZUALAA CHHANGTE
o)     BEST MANIPURI FILM: EIBUSU YAOHANBIYU -- Producer: YUNMAN HITALAR (NETA) SINGH, Director: MAIPAKSANA HAORONGBAM
29.   BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED OTHER THAN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
a)     BEST WANCHO FILM: THE HEAD HUNTER -- Producer: SPLASH FILMS PRIVATE LIMITED, Director: NILANJAN DATTA
b)     BEST HARYANVI FILM: SATRANGI -- Producer: PUNAM DESWAL SHARMA, Director: SUNDEEP SHARMA
c)     BEST KHASI FILM: ONAATAH -- Producer: POMU DAS- MARJINA KURBAH, Director: PRADIP KURBAH
d)     BEST BODO FILM: DAU HUDUNI METHAI -- Producer: SHANKARLAL GOENKA, Director: MANJU BORAH
30.   SPECIAL MENTION
a)     SAIRAT -- RINKU RAJGURU -- CERTIFICATE
b)     SU SU SUDHI VATHMEEKAM & LUKKA CHUPPI -- JAYASURYA -- CERTIFICATE
c)     IRUDHI SUTTRU -- RITIKA SINGH -- CERTIFICATE
 
NON-FEATURE FILMS
 
1.      BEST NON FEATURE FILM: Amdavad Ma Famous --
Producer: Akanksha Tewari & Arya A. Menon, Director: Hardik Mehta
2.      BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: Daaravtha -- Producer: Nishantroy Bombarde, Director:  Nishantroy Bombarde
3.      BEST ANTHROPOLOGICAL/ ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM: Aoleang -- Producer: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Stuidies, Director: Ranajit Ray  
4.     BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION:  
Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli -- Producer:  Reelism Film, Director: O.P Shrivastava
5.     BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM: 1. A Far Afternoon- A Painted Saga -- Producer: Piramal Art Foundation, Director: Sruti Harihara Subramanian AND 2. Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy -Music Beyond Boundaries -- Producer: Siddhartha Productions,  
Director: Amshan Kumar
6.    BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM (to cover tourism, exports, crafts, industry etc): Weaves of Maheshwar -- Producer: Storyloom Films, Director: Keya Vaswani & Nidhi Kamath
7.    BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM  INCLUDING AGRICULTURE:  
1. The Man who Dwarfed the Mountains -- Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra, PSBT, Director: Ruchi Shrivastava & Sumit Sunderlal Khanna AND 2. God On The Edge -- Producer: Elements Picture Studio, Director: Ashok Patel
8.     BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: Auto Driver -- Director: Longjam Meena Devi, Producer: Oinam Doren & Longjam Meena Devi
9.     BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM: Paywat -- Producer: Mithunchandra Chaudhari, Director: Nayana Dolas & Mithunchandra Chaudhari
10.   BEST EXPLORATION/ ADVENTURE FILM (TO INCLUDE SPORTS): Dribbling with their Future -- Producer: N. Dinesh Raj Kumar  & Mathew Varghese, Director: Jacob Varghese
11.   BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM: Tezpur 1962 -- Producer: Films Division, Director: Samujjal Kashyap
12.   BEST  ANIMATION FILM: Fisherwoman and TukTuk -- Producer: Nilima Eriyat, Director: Suresh Eriyat, Animator: Studio Eeksaurus Productions Private Limited
13.   SPECIAL JURY AWARD: In Search of Fading Canvas -- Producer: Films Division, Director: Manohar Singh Bisht
14.   BEST SHORT FICTION FILM: Aushadh -- Producer: Amol Deshmukh, Director: Amol Deshmukh
15.   BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES: Best Friends Forever -- 
Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed (Edumedia India Pvt. Ltd.),  Director: Sandeep Modi
16.   BEST DIRECTION: Kamuki -- Director: Christo Tomy
17.   BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Benaras- The Unexplored Attachments -- Cameraperson:  Amartya Bhattacharyya
18.   BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: Edpa Kana -- Audiographer:
Moumita Roy
19.   BEST EDITING: Breaking Free -- Editor: Parvin Angre and Sridhar Rangayan
20.   BEST MUSIC: A Far Afternoon- A Painted Saga -- Aravind - Shankar
21.   BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER
1. Mala Laj Watat Nahai -- Narrator: Harish Bhimani
2. Arangile Nithya Vismayam Guru Chemancherry Kunhiraman Nair - Narrator: Aliyaar
22.   SPECIAL MENTION: 
1. The Chameleon  --  Director: Arun Shankar  
2. Amma -- Director: Neelan
3. Syaahi -- Drector: Varun Tandon
 
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
                                                                                                                    
Best Book on Cinema: DR. RAJAKUMAR SAMAGRA CHARITHRE -- Writer: DAHULLURU RUKKOJI, Publisher: PREETI PUSTAKA PRAKASHANA
Special Mention: Forgotten Masters of Hindi Cinema -- Satish  Chopra
Best Film Critic: MEGHACHANDRA KONGBAM
 
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I&B Secretary reviews progress of upcoming Film Museum in Mumbai

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The upcoming National Museum on Indian Cinema will be housed in a state-of-the-art new building in Mumbai.
 
Mr Sunil Arora, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting, said he had  held a review meeting yesterday on the progress of work in phase II of the  Museum coming up at the Films Division premises.
 
He said every effort was being made to create such facilities to provide visitors to the museum an interactive viewing experience. The museum should highlight cultural and social impact of cinema, he added.
 
The museum, spread over five levels would showcase various facets of Indian cinema from its early years to the present period. It would also have interactive exhibitions on all verticals of film making covering cinematography, editing, sound, script writing and screenplay among others.
 
There would also be special sections on regional cinema, Hindi cinema, documentaries and Indian film music.
 
The new building housed in the Films Division complex on Pedder Road in South Mumbai, would also have two mid-size auditoriums, viewing galleries, cafeteria among others. It is being constructed by the public sector National Building Construction Company.
 
National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata under the Ministry of Culture has been tasked with setting up of the museum.
 
Earlier in the day, Secretary I&B visited All India Radio, Mumbai and interacted with the personnel.
 
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Eros International’s Trinity Pictures to start production of its first slate in FY 2017

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Leading Indian studio Eros International today said that itsTrinity Pictures, which was set up as India’s first franchise feature studio in February 2015, is now ready with its first slate of films across new and exciting genres.
 
"In what is said to change the way films are traditionally developed, Trinity’s first slate is all about creating character-driven franchises which will be leveraged across feature films, merchandising, digital and more," a press release from the company said.
 
With a focus on creating fresh concepts in new spaces, Trinity is also the first Bollywood studio in India that has a dedicated in-house team of writers in the ‘Trinity Writers’ Room’ who have created over ten original franchises since the Division’s inception, out of which at least four films will go into production in fiscal year 2017, it said.
 
The release said Trinity’s initial line-up includes a range of character-driven franchises across budgets, genres and languages – from a live action elephant film, to a kid’s action film and an Indo-China project.
 
These will be helmed by acclaimed directors from across the country including Kabir Khan, Siddharth Anand, Amole Gupte, Telugu director Krish and popular Tamil director Prabhu Solomon.
 
The first feature to roll out under Trinity Pictures will be director Amole Gupte’ s favorite genre but with a difference – a kids action film, a big scale action film with a child secret agent at the centre of the story that will go on floor in the summer vacation.
 
With Trinity’s launch, the studio is looking at expanding new film markets which includes opening of one of the biggest markets in the world – China. Two projects will be co-produced with a leading Chinese studio, based on stories organically weaving the socio-cultural worlds of India and China. Additionally, the films will be shot in both languages. The first Indo-China co-production to roll will be directed by Kabir Khan with an A-lister cast from India and China — a human drama exploring the central character’s journey from India to China.
 
Other projects in the pipeline include a film by Siddharth Anand which will explore a fresh take on the spy genre in India. This genre is a global favourite with franchise potential.
 
Multiple award winning Tamil director, Prabhu Solomon’s bilingual project will be an inspiration from the quintessential super hit animal film—Haathi Mere Saathi. The shooting will take place during the monsoons across India and abroad and will be mounted on a scale with never-seen-before visual effects in this genre.
 
Ace director Krish’s buddy cop film will be shot in Hindi and Tamil simultaneously, featuring popular lead actors from both the South and Bollywood. This film has been co-written by Shridhar Raghavan (mentor to Trinity writers), Dheeraj Rattan and K. Subhash.
 
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Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO, Eros International said, “With Trinity, we continue our endeavor to raise the bar in revolutionizing Indian cinema. As a leading film studio, we have peaked with three out of the top four and seven out of top fifteen films in Bollywood in 2015 being Eros films. Trinity strategy is all about conceiving breakthrough big content ideas and unlocking value from that intellectual property across various distribution platforms for a very long time. We are excited about the slate under development and hope we will have a few top ten films from Trinity”.
 
Ajit Thakur, CEO, Trinity Pictures added, “With Trinity, there is an effort to create something absolutely new for the Indian market, an effort in investing in creating characters that open a world of possibilities – films, digital games, comics, merchandise. We have writers for the first time creating characters first and then building scripts and projects around these characters. We are the first studio to have tied up with China for co-productions and will be creating new markets with films shot in multiple languages.  There are many firsts to Trinity and only Eros could have seen the merit in a franchise set up as this and taken the risk of making Trinity Pictures happen. We are very excited that the characters and franchises we are creating will hopefully entertain Indian audiences across platforms and well beyond the first Friday."
 
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Actor, director Manoj Kumar chosen for Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2015

Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar
Veteran film actor and director Manoj Kumar, who in his heydays had acquired the image of a patriotic hero, has been chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2015 -- the top honor in Indian cinema -- for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry.
 
Manoj Kumar is the 47th winner of the award, which is conferred annually by the Government of India on the basis of the recommendations of a committee of eminent persons. 
 
This year, a five-member jury consisting of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Salim Khan, Nitin Mukesh and Anup Jalota, unanimously recommended Manoj Kumar for the award.
 
The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh and a shawl. 
 
Minister for Information & Broadcasting Arun Jaitley spoke to Mr. Manoj Kumar today and congratulated him on being conferred the award. 
 
Manoj Kumar is an award-winning actor and director. He is remembered for his films Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, Upkaar, Patthar Ke Sanam, Neel Kamal, Purab Aur Paschim, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, and Kranti. He is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes. 
 
Manoj Kumar was born in July 1937, in Abbottabad, then part of pre-Independent India. When he was 10, he shifted to Delhi. After graduating from Hindu College, University of Delhi, he decided to enter the film industry. 
 
After making his acting début in the film Fashion in 1957, Manoj Kumar got his first leading role in Kaanch Ki Gudia in 1960. In the following years, he featured in films like Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi, Himalaya Ki God Mein. 
 
His film Do Badan is remembered for many reasons including Raj Khosla's direction, Manoj Kumar’s performance and the outstanding musical score by Ravi, immortal songs by the lyricist Shakeel Badayuni, among others. 
 
In the 1960s, his successful films included romantic films like Honeymoon, Apna Banake Dekho, Naqli Nawab, Paththar Ke Sanam, Sajan, Sawan Ki Ghata and social films like Shaadi, Grihasti, Apne Huwe Paraye, Pehchaan, and Aadmi. 
 
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Manoj Kumar's image as the patriotic hero started with the 1965 film Shaheed, based on the life of Bhagat Singh. After the India-Pakistan War of 1965, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri asked him to create a film based on the popular slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kissan. The result was his magnum opus and directorial debut, Upkaar. In the mid-1970s, Manoj Kumar starred in Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974), a social commentary featuring an all-star cast including Zeenat Aman, Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. 
 
Manoj Kumar is a recipient of the National Film Award for “Upkaar”. In 1992, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. 
 
He is married to Ms. Shashi Goswami. He has two sons, Vishal and Kunal. 
 
The award was instituted by the Government to commemorate the contribution to the industry by Dadasaheb Phalke, generally regarded as the father of Indian cinema and the maker of India's first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913. The award was first presented in 1969, with the first recipient being actress Devika Rani.
 
Previous winners of the award include Dilip Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Gulzar, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Soumitra Chatterjee, Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen.
 
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Combined performance by bands of Indian Navy, British Royal Marines in Delhi on Friday

The British Royal Marines Band
The British Royal Marines Band
The bands of the British Royal Marines and the Indian Navy will present a one-hour joint sunset performance at the iconic India Gate here from 6.30 pm tomorrow.
 
The band of HM Royal Marines is based at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall the premier training establishment of the British Royal Navy. It has given rise to great composers and music directors such as British March King KJ Alford and FJ Ricketts. 
 
The Indian component will comprise of musicians from INS India augmented by musicians from the Indian Navy Central Band.
 
A press release from the British High Commission here said the bands would perform a wide repertoire of stirring martial music like Colonel Bogey, The Thunderer, Heart of the Oak, Jai Bharti, Life of the Ocean Waves, and Sare Jahan Se Achcha. 
 
Popular movie theme tunes like Dragon Music, Pink Panther, and James Bond will also feature alongside Amazing Grace.
 
Popular Indian pieces like Vaishnava Janto, Jeena Jeena and a medley of old Hindi music from the 1970s will also be played. The programme will culminate with the national anthems of the two countries.
 
The bands will perform under the baton of Cdr VC D’Cruz and Major Richard Long, respectively.
 
The Royal Marine Band has played at various locations in Delhi this week, including local schools and the Gymkhana Club, and held a workshop with the Indian Navy band.
 
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The visit of the band is part of a broad and deep collaboration between the United Kingdom and India. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK in November 2015, the UK and India agreed to deepen Defence and International Security Partnership across military capability, counter terrorism and cyber, as well as consolidating strong cooperation that exists already in many areas of defence and security.
 
The UK and India are elevating their defence relationship by establishing capability partnerships in strategic areas, through which both the countries will work together across the spectrum of doctrine, training and other elements upon which military effectiveness depends. These partnerships would enable support to ‘Make in India’ and transfer of strategic capability between the two nations, including defence technologies and manufacturing in areas of mutual interest.
 
In support of India-UK technology capability partnerships, the two countries are set to develop research into new areas and progress their defence science and technology collaborative projects.
 
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Indian Naval Symphonic Orchestra mesmerises Delhi audience

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Indian Naval Symphonic Orchestra captured the hearts and minds of the music lovers of the capital during the Annual Symphonic Musical Extravangza held at Siri Fort Auditorium here yesterday evening.
 
The well-known band regaled and enthralled the audience with its repertoire of stirring martial music and arrangements of Western classical, Indian classical and other forms of contemporary popular and folk music. 
 
The programme also included a wide variety of music like fanfare, overture, jazz, fantasia, pop, swing music and patriotic music.
 
The highlight of the evening was the signature performance by the young drummers of the Navy who presented the Drummers Line ‘Light Tattoo’ to everyone’s delight. 
 
The band performed under the baton of Commander VC D’Cruz, Director of Music, who is an alumnus of Pilar Music School, Goa and Trinity College of Music, London. 
 
The event was organised as part of the Navy Week Ativities - 2015. Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh was amongst those present on the occasion.
 
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Founders increase stake in Arré, B. Saikumar takes controlling interest

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Ahead of its launch, the founders of Arré, a content platform from UDigital Content, have realigned their shareholding in the company.
 
A press release from the company said that Mr. B Saikumar, Managing Director and co-founder has taken controlling interest in Arré, with Mr. Ajay Chacko continuing as CEO and Co-Founder. 
 
Mr. Sanjay Ray Chaudhuri (RayC), who was co-founder of TV18, has come in as co-founder in Arré.
 
Promoter Ronnie Screwvala said, “Arré is now all set to launch and all of us are tremendously excited about its potential and trajectory. I am pleased that Sai and team are taking a controlling shareholding in Arré and I will continue as an investor with a significant minority shareholding supporting the company and mentoring the leadership team."
 
Mr. Saikumar added, “I am thrilled to welcome RayC aboard as co-founder and we are delighted and honoured to have Ronnie continue to guide us. The trailer to our first show 'I Don’t Watch TV' is now out and we look forward to the launch of Arré in the next few weeks."  
 
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Hyderabad Airport introduces entertainment-on-demand service for passengers

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GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) has launched a personalized on-demand entertainment service at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here, offering passengers the freedom to download movies in a span of three minutes. 
 
With this RGIA has become the first airport in India to offer passengers the freedom to download a wide range of blockbuster movies, television shows and videos at the terminal at high speeds without needing any internet or data connection. 
 
A press release from GHIAL said the service had been made available in partnership with Fropcorn, a travel entertainment venture.
 
The entertainment wi-fi hotspot is currently available in the security hold area of the domestic terminal, which shall soon be extended to other parts of the airport.
 
Fropcorn’s wi-fi-enabled media servers create a secure hotspot that allows passengers to download a complete movie within three minutes. This can be done by downloading Fropcorn App from Google Play Store. Flyers can connect their devices to the Airport Movie WiFi available at the terminal and download the movies via the Fropcorn App. 
 
Once downloaded, the movies can be viewed at leisure during the flight duration. The content catalogue includes hundreds of high quality movies across multiple genres and languages, the release said.
 
Mr. SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, said, “At GHIAL, we strive to offer our flyers a stress free and enjoyable journey experience. We understand entertainment is a great way to keep them engaged on the flight journey as they have limited or no entertainment options. With Fropcorn entertainment hotspot, we now extend the GHIAL experience even beyond the airport premises and ensure our flyers have a great time throughout the journey. We expect this to be a wow experience for both the flyers and the airlines and shall further augment Hyderabad airport's status as a preferred Gateway for South & Central India.”  
 
Mr. Kartik Bansal, Co-Founder & CTO, Fropcorn, said, “We have been working closely with the GHIAL team to ensure our technology and the content catalogue meets the demands of the new age traveller. We are extremely excited to launch this service in partnership with GHIAL and will be releasing multiple product features and engaging content to keep the service exciting for the airport passengers.”
 
GHIAL is a joint venture company promoted by the GMR Group (63%) in partnership with Government of India (13%), Government of Telangana (13%) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11%). The company was incorporated to design, finance, build, operate and maintain a world class greenfield airport at Shamshabad, Hyderabad. 
 
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Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks partner to form Plan C Studios

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Anil D. Ambani-owned Reliance Entertainment and prolific filmmaker producer duo Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia’s Friday Filmworks, today announced the formation of Plan C Studios, a 50:50 joint venture for production of movies.
 
Apart from being a widely appreciated and acclaimed director who has also tasted success at the box office, Pandey is also an accomplished writer and has won multiple awards for his films.
 
His first film “A Wednesday” made in 2008, went on to win the National Award. Subsequently, he directed “Special 26” in 2013, and “Baby” in 2015, both widely appreciated and huge commercial successes. He is currently on the floors with “M S Dhoni – The Untold Story”.
 
A press release from Reliance Entertainment said the combination would benefit from the creative and production strength of Friday Filmworks, and leverage the global marketing and distribution capabilities of Reliance Entertainment.
 
Plan C Studios will kick start with a period drama, Rustom, directed by Tinu Suresh Desai and starring Akshay Kumar. Other projects include Pandey’s cinematic version of his novel, Ghalib Danger and films helmed by Shivam Nair, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Anurag Singh, Anvita Dutt and Shree Narayan Singh.
 
Amitabh Jhunjhunwala, Group Managing Director, Reliance Group, said, “We are delighted to partner with creative minds like Neeraj and Shital. This relationship is in line with our continuing strategy in the media and entertainment business, of partnering with like minded and successful individuals, while playing the role of supportive investors on our part.”
 
Pandey said: “The partnership with Reliance Group is very significant and welcome, as it enables us to further raise the bar on our continued strategy of developing cutting edge commercial content. We like to keep pushing the envelope, and this partnership will greatly expand our vision.”
 
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“The alliance with Reliance Group and our continued success at the box office are a welcome and clear vindication of our focused strategy. Reliance's significant global and domestic distribution and monetization network, not just perfectly complements our distinct content, but will also ensure highest value creation for all our partners and stakeholders,” added Bhatia.
 
Reliance Entertainment has produced, distributed and released more than 170 films in multiple Indian languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Bengali.
 
Internationally, Reliance Entertainment has partnered over the past seven years with iconic film producer and director, Steven Spielberg, in the formation of DreamWorks Studios and announced the continuation of that relationship with the formation of Amblin Partners in December 2015.
 
Bridge of Spies, the latest release from this partnership, has received six Oscar nominations and nine BAFTA nominations this year, including Best Picture and Best Director.
 
In India, Reliance Entertainment has recently formed a partnership with Phantom films, a company created by directors and producers.
 
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Naresh Bedi honoured with V Shantaram Award as MIFF 2016 gets underway

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Veteran wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi was honoured with the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award as the 14th edition of the Mumbai International Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF 2016) got underway here today.
 
The festival was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore in the presence of veteran film maker Shyam Benegal, MIFF brand ambassador Jackie Shroff, Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA) President Mike Pandey and Festival Director Mukesh Sharma.
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award, comprising a trophy, shawl and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, is instituted in memory of legendary film maker V Shantaram, who was head of the Films Division in the past. 
 
Bedi, eldest of the Bedi Brothers, is counted amongst the foremost wildlife documentary makers, being the first Asian to receive the Wildscreen Red Panda award. A graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Bedi has made films which have been shown on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, Channel 4, and so on.
 
He is credited with filming several rare wildlife moments.  His film ‘Cherub of the Mist’ about the life of two red pandas was the opening film of the festival.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Col. Rathore said digital technology had ushered in a new era in film making and was greatly contributing to the documentary film movement. He said MIFF was playing a pivotal role in promoting documentary and short film culture in the country by providing a platform for filmmakers to exchange ideas.
  
“It is heartening to note that our film makers, despite great financial hurdles, have gone ahead and made excellent films, displaying a mature approach while dealing with social and economic issues. Such films should not remain unseen,” he said.
 
Col Rathore said the Government would consider making one of the Doordarshan channels, perhaps DD Bharati, a platform to promote documentary films.  He asserted that the Government hadno interest in curbing the creativity of filmmakers and added that the I&B Ministry had set up a committee under Mr. Benegal to look into the revamp of film certification process.
 
Mr. Fadnavis said the Maharashtra government was ready to allot land in Film City in Mumbai for setting up a National Institute of Animation & Short Films.
 
"Documentary films are close to my heart, I myself want to make a documentary film tracing my mother’s journey from Turkmenistan to India," actor Shroff said.
 
MIFF 2016,  a biennial event organized by the Films Division of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and supported by the Government of Maharashtra will feature 30 films in international competition, including 12 from India and 27 films in national competition vying for the Golden Conch Award.  The festival will screen a total of 385 films over the six-day event.   
 
The screenings will be held at the Films Division theatres, Russian Cultural Centre and Sophia College theatres at Pedder Road, Mumbai. Screenings will also be held at the Mumbai University auditorium Kalina, Mumbai and Doordashan Kendra (Worli). 
 
Apart from international and national competition, there will be screening of  films in MIFF Prism, Indian premieres, Jury retrospectives, Animation and award winning films  from different countries, Children’s documentary films, North East package, Films Division and PSBT (Public Service Broadcasting Trust) films and homages.
 
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The festival also presents special packages from leading international documentary film festivals like Berlin, Dresden, DokLeipzig  from Germany and Leiria from Portugal.
 
Some of the best documentaries of 2015, among them Mohammed Ali Naqvi and Hemal Trivedi’s Among the Believers, a new documentary about the roots of religious extremism in Pakistan and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, a Danish documentary about Indonesian killings of 1965-66, and Rinku Kalsy’s For the Love of a Man, a documentary about the cult of adulation for Rajinikant in South India, are among the top attractions at the festival.
 
The International Jury for the Festival comprises prominent documentary makers Don Askarian from Germany, Jesper Andersen from Denmark, Mathiue Roy of Canada, Siddharth Kak and Gitanjali Rao. Mike Pandey, Uma DaCunha, Biju Dhanapalan, Audrius Stonys (Lithuania) and Jane Yu (Taiwan) are the members of the National Jury.
 
The festival will also have master classes by jury and eminent film makers, Camera and Digital workshops, Producers’ Forum, Panel discussions, Seminar and Open Forum by IDPA, under the MIFF Hub. Cash prizes worth Rs 60 lakh would be distributed for the winners in various categories along with Golden Conch Awards.
 
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BookMyShow on-boards the iconic G7 Multiplex, Maratha Mandir in Mumbai

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BookMyShow, India's largest online entertainment ticketing platform has partnered with the G7 multiplex and Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai.
 
The portal has commenced bookings for the theatres across its platforms – mobile app, website and mobile website.
 
Among the oldest cinemas in Mumbai, the theatres were also part of the success of several Bollywood blockbusters of the recent past, a press release from BookMyShow said.
 
Mr. Ashish Saksena, COO, Cinemas at BookMyShow, said, “Being associated with the city’s most iconic cinema halls like G7 Multiplex and Maratha Mandir is a very prestigious development for us. We have always focussed on consumer demands and firmly believe – we’ll go where our customers want us to go”. 
 
“These cinemas have been a very popular destination over the years and attract the masses across the city. By partnering with BookMyShow, access to these movie theatres will now be friction free," he said.
 
Mr Manoj Desai, Executive Director, G7 Multiplex and Maratha Mandir said, “We are very happy and excited on our association with BookMyShow and we wish them all the best."
 
G7, Mumbai’s oldest multi-screen theatre located in Bandra West, has seven cinema halls called Gaiety, Galaxy, Gemini, Gossip, Gem, Grace and Glamour.
 
Maratha Mandir, with a 1000+ seater capacity, first opened its doors almost 60 years back and also has created a record after screening the legendary movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge for over 1000 weeks since its release in 1995. 
 
"With a large number of city dwellers emotionally connected to G7 multiplexes and Maratha Mandir, BookMyShow’s association with the same will be a perfect blend of technology, convenience and entertainment for the masses," the release said.
 
BookMyShow was founded in 2007 by three friends - Ashish Hemrajani, Parikshit Dar and Rajesh Balpande and it is now present in over 400 cities and towns across India.
 
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