Award fillip for Santhali films - RASCA hosts daylong movie fest at XLRI auditorium

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  • Published 6.05.13

There can be no better birth anniversary tribute to Pandit Raghunath Murmu — founder of Ol Chiki script — than a formal recognition to Santhali films and literature.

Members of Pandit Raghunath Academy of Santhali Cinema and Art (RASCA) hit the bullseye on Sunday when they hosted the fourth edition of RASCA Awards at Tata Auditorium, XLRI, to celebrate, honour and promote indigenous films in Jharkhand.

The evening coincided with the 109th birth anniversary of tribal icon Pandit Raghunath Murmu.

IPS and additional DGP of Odisha Shyam Sunder Hansdah graced the occasion as the chief guest.

The programme started with a floral tribute to Pandit Murmu followed by a cultural programme. About 1,500 people, particularly Santhali film lovers, from across the state attended the award ceremony.

As many as 11 Santhali films were pitted against each other in 16 categories, including film, story and director. Among the contending movies, two were shorts. Films from Jharkhand, Odisha and Bengal made the cut.

A five-member jury, headed by Akhil Bharatiya Jharkhand Party president C.R. Majhi, judged the winners and announced the names on April 30.

Winners got a trophy, a certificate and cash prize. Sunday evening also witnessed colourful folk dance performances by Bengal and Odisha artistes.

“We have decided to encourage more artistes from the film industry in Jharkhand. Our film industry may not be as big as the Hindi or other regional ones, but we have decided to give the artistes their due recognition through these awards,” said RASCA director Surya Singh Besra.

Not only films, even literary figures were feted.

Winners of Sahitya Akademi awards from the state were felicitated for promoting Santhali literature.

Authors such as Rabindranath Murmu, Pitambar Hansdah and Bhogla Soren received their well-deserved honours.

“Our main aim is to promote Santhali cinema. However, we thought of felicitating authors also since they have earned a name for Jharkhand,” said Sankar Hansdah, one of the organising members of RASCA.

The fourth edition of the Santhali film festival was hosted by RASCA at the XLRI auditorium on Sunday. RASCA director Besra said the film festival screened 10 Santhali films made in Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha — states where it is spoken widely.