| Cine buffs attend an event of the Maithali Film Festival at the Darbar Hall of Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University on Sunday. Picture by Mukesh Kumar Jha |
The two-day Maithali Film Festival, which was organised on the premises of Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University, ended on Sunday with the screening of Garibak Betee by Manoj Jha.
Darbhanga Maithali Film Academy organised the fest to mark 50 years of shooting of the first Maithali film, Mamata Gaave Geet. Filmmaker C. Parmanand started shooting for Mamata Gaave Geet in 1962. However, the film was released only in 1980 because of several technical hiccups.
The academy also organised a panel discussion on “Past and Present of Maithali Cinema” in which distinguished scholars from the film industry took part.
They spoke mostly on how avenues could be created for newcomers in the industry.
On the occasion, seven Maithali films were screened at Manoranjan Grih of the varsity. Parmanand inaugurated the fest at the university’s Darbar Hall on Saturday with the screening of Murlidhar’s Sasta Jinagi Mahag Senur.
Bina Thakur, a member of the Maithali advisory board of Sahitya Akademi, said: “The Darbhanga Maithali Film Academy has given a platform to those who are interested in Maithali films. Since movie theatres do not screen Maithali films, the fest was a hit. This was a first-of-its-kind fest of Maithali movies. Such programmes in the future will certainly lure spectators on a commercial level.”