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75 years of Oriya film industry
- Fraternity pays tribute to late artistes, film-makers at cultural event

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 2: The Platinum Jubilee celebration of Oriya cinema was held at the Janata Maidan here on Wednesday.

A programme titled Odisha Film Fair Awards, organised by Odisha Events, was held to mark the occasion. Many veteran as well as new generation stars participated in the 75th anniversary celebrations

Memories of the first Oriya film Sita Bibaha, launched in 1936, were shared at the event by Kabiraj Deb Goswami, grandson of the first film-maker of the state, Mohan Sunder Deb Goswami.

A feature film on the journey of the Oriya film industry made by Bapu Lenka was also screened at the event. The film narrated the story of the pioneers of the Oriya film industry, through a number of interviews, scenes of films, trailers and others.

The members of the film fraternity turned nostalgic with the screening of the video.

“It feels we are doing so little compared to what the protagonists of earlier times had done to establish the industry,” said actress Archita.

“I feel proud to be a part of the industry that has such a huge legacy,” said actor Sabyasachi.

Various dance groups performed a number of remixed versions of retro songs. The series of songs were selected from the most popular movies and were performed in a chronological order to showcase the journey of Oriya films. A tribute to late artists, directors and supporters of the film industry was paid in the form of another dance programme.

A felicitation ceremony for yesteryears’ actors and upcoming artistes was organised at the event. Some of the senior actors such as Gloria Mohanty, Gopal Ghosh, Banaja Mohanty, Sarat Pujari, Jayiram Samal, Jharana Das were felicitated. Film-maker Basant Nayak, music director Swarup Nayak, actors Bijay Mohanty, Tandra Ray, Uttam Mohanty, Aparajita Mohanty, Prasant Nanda and present day actors Anubhav and Archita were also honoured.

“Our film industry is growing rapidly. But the variety of films and the passion is declining I feel,” said Gloria Mohanty.

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