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Docu-filmmaker to head Nepal fest jury

Noted documentary filmmaker of Jharkhand Meghnath, who has bagged many an award for his take on social and other issues, has been invited to head the three-member jury at International Folk Music Film Festival in Nepal.

The show, being organised by Music Museum of Nepal — a registered trust that works to preserve and promote folk music — will be held in Kathmandu from November 23 to 25. Partnering Music Museum of Nepal are several government departments like Nepal Academy of Music and Drama and Handicraft Federation of Nepal.

Only short and long documentaries (30 to 90 minutes) on folk music will be screened at the festival. The proceeds will be used for conservation and preservation of dying music of Nepal.

The other jury members are Michael Yorke, documentary filmmaker and senior tutor at University College of London, and Narayan Rayamajhi, filmmaker and musician of Nepal.

“The film festival’s objective is to showcase folk musical heritage of different people, races and nationalities through the medium of cinema,” said Meghnath, who left for Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Meghnath, along with a tribal youth, Biju Toppo, has produced documentaries and short films on social and other issues of Jharkhand. Their works include Ek Ropa Dhan, Vikas Bandhuk Ki Nal Se, Gadi Lohardaga Mail and Koda Raji. Some of these films have won national award.

At present, Meghnath is working on a short film on the folk music of Jharkhand, which is yet to be titled. “There are some 30 entries at the film festival. However, there is no entry from Jharkhand. As I am in the jury, I decided not to send our film,” said Meghnath.