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It’s showtime for Ganjam kids

- Quality films to be screened for 700 students

Berhampur, Dec. 19: The Children’s Film Fest, 2012, organised by the department of culture and the Ganjam district administration, started at the Town Hall here today. The second part of the two-day fest, which began today, will be held fifteen days later on January 3.

“Good cinema can have a positive impact on the minds of children. By showing some carefully selected films from across the world, our intention was to cultivate children’s understanding of others’ cultures and experience. Cinema can be both an entertaining and an educational tool,” said Krushna Chandra Nishank, district culture officer of Ganjam.

Four films were screened for the children today. These include Chutkan Ki Mahabharat (Chutkan’s Mahabharat) directed by Sankalp Meshram, Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo (The Sensational Six) directed by Sridhar Rangayan, Karamati Coat (The Miraculous Coat) directed by Ajay Kartik and Lilki.

Inaugurating the festival, Major Radha Mohan Padhi said: “Most schools have made students mere mark-scoring machines. There is no room for creativity. Exposing them to national award winning children’s movies will help them rekindle their creativity.”

Debi Prasanna Patnaik, a professor in the department of Odia at Berhampur University, and Kanakalata Sahu, headmistress of Giri Road Girl’s High School, also attended the event as honourable guests.

“This fest, which is mainly meant for high school students, is a free-for-all show. We had requested the headmasters of about 50 high schools of the locality to depute their students, along with a teacher, to watch the films. As the seating capacity of the Town Hall is only 350, we were forced to limit the number of students to 350. We will entertain another batch of 350 students of different schools on January 3,” said Nishank.

“We have provided an LCD projector, a screen, a stabiliser and other equipment for the screening of these films. We have acquired these equipment from the information and public relations department two months ago,” said Biranchi Narayan Pradhan, district information and public relations officer of Ganjam.