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Film awards toast to Santhal legend

- Reel glamour of regional cinema on language founder’s birth anniversary

Not Filmfare or IIFA, but very heart-warming nonetheless.

Pundit Raghunath Murmu, the founder of Ol-Chiki script for Santhali tongue, got a glamorous tribute on Monday in the language of cinema on his 110th birth anniversary at Town Hall, Sidhgora.

For the fifth consecutive year, Pundit Raghunath Academy of Santhali Cinema and Art (RASCA) organised RASCA Awards to recognise and promote Santhali films.

A crowd of around 1,500, especially Santhali film buffs from across the state and outside, attended the awards night, among them notables such as Santhali litterateur Digambar Hansda.

“Our main motive is to promote Santhali cinema but we organise the award ceremony to coincide with pundit Raghunath Murmu’s birth anniversary,” said Rabindranath Murmu, an organiser of the programme.

The evening started with a floral tribute to Pundit Raghunath Murmu.

A cultural programme, comprising tribal band, Santhali songs, story recitation and a group dance followed.

Jamay Ora Donga Takpar Kiding was this year’s unanimous choice for best film.

Best actress and actor award went to Reema Pani and Ravi Hansdah of the same film. The best director award went to Bubu Mardi for Asha Dolan, which also won the special jury award.

In all, awards were given across 17 categories, including male and female playback singers, comedian, among others. The winners got a trophy, a certificate and cash prize.

A five-member jury had picked winners among entries from Jharkhand, Odisha and Bengal. A three-day screening had been organised from May 1 to May 3 at the JRD Tata Sports Complex.

Sahitya Akademi award winners from Jharkhand were also felicitated by RASCA.


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