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  • Int’l film festival concludes at Tagore Hall
  • 3 J&K films also win awards

SRINAGAR: International Film Festival of Kashmir (IFFK) 2015 Wednesday concluded with Award Ceremony in which Iranian and Spanish movies bagged maximum awards in different categories. ‘Absolute Rest’ directed by Iranian filmmaker Abdolreza Kahani won Best Feature Film award while another Iranian film ‘Waskat’ received Critic Award in International Category.

Among J&K select, Best Feature Film award was given to Ibtida directed by Ali Emran, Best Short Film was given to Stunning Gilgit-Baltistan by SM Bukhari while Gul was declared as Best Debut Film. The film was made by a Kashmiri filmmaker Gul Reyaz. The ‘Best Feature Film in Indian Panorama’ category was given to Gour Hari Dastaan byAnanth Narayan Mahadevan.

The top award in Best Short Fiction Film category was given to ‘Day Dreams of Wilderness’ of Philippines. Other awards include ‘Best Experimental Film International’ which was given jointly to Estonian film ‘Mouldy Memories’ and ‘Dystopia’ from Spain. Rupstre, another film from Spain received award in ‘International Best Animation/New Media’.

Best Documentary film in International Category was given to Icons Make Miracle and Best Sports Film in International category was given to Russian short movie ‘Sprint to the Past’. The awards were given by Chairperson XMITA, Mrs Yaqout Mushtaq while leading film and Television professionals attended the awards. Those who spoke on the occasion were Zameer Ashai, Ayash Arif and Shabir Mujahid. Others who were present at the award ceremony include Zahid Manzoor, Shafiq Qureshi, GM Wani, Azad Shah, Raja Bilal and Abdul Rashid. The festival was organized by Kashmir’s well known Socio-Cultural NGO, XMITA in collaboration with HOTICE, an event management company.

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JAMMU: A classical music workshop was held in Rich Harvest School, Bari Brahmana, Jammu by SaMaPa marking the concluding session for the year 2015. This year SaMaPa conducted a number of workshops for students at various institutes of Jammu. SaMaPa has specially conceived these workshops with an aim to create a platform where learned musicians and scholars can interact with the young students thereby enhancing their vision.

Jagdeep Kaur and Amarjot Kaur accompanied by Chanchal Singh and Sukhmani from SaMaPa conducted the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to bring awareness amongst the students about the basics of Indian classical music and how learning this art of music can enhance the development of a child. Students were taught the basics of Indian classical tradition through Power Point presentation.

Emphasis was given on voice cultural, Swar lagan, Swar shuddhi through Swar sadhna. The students were also briefed on certain technical aspects of raga system like the formation of Thaats and Ragas out of the seven notes. The students were also taught a Bandish in Raga Bhopali. The workshop was attended by a large number of students of different age groups and members of the administration. The workshop commenced with the traditional lamp lighting ceremony. Trustee Ruchi Charak and Principal Anita Bhatia expressed their gratitude to SaMaPa for organizing the workshop at the school.

SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) is a cultural movement translating from a deep rooted vision of the music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori and music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori and is acclaimed as a Cultural Bridge of the State of Jammu & Kashmir with rest of the country and to have created a new generation of music connoisseurs. SaMaPa has made special efforts in shaping the latent of the youth and not letting it go waste, and creating avenue for them so that they can have a choice to make music and performing arts as their career.

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SRINAGAR: International Film Festival of Kashmir (IFFK) 2015 organized by Experimental Moving Images and Theater Association Tuesday started at Tagore Hall with Feature films and long documentaries. On day first, the festival showcased films based on social drama, romantic tragedies and ethinic identity aiming to highlight diverse world issues, culture and politics.

The festival is being organized by Kashmir’s well known Socio-Cultural NGO, XMITA in collaboration with HOTICE, an event management company. A total six films were screened today which included three feature films made in Iran, Assam and Gilgit-Baltistan, and two documentaries. The award winning film ‘Absolute Rest’ directed by Iranian filmmaker Abdolreza Kahani was appreciated by movies buffs who attended IFFK’s first day.

“This is a matter of satisfaction for us as the selection of films on the first day was received well by audience especially youth,” said Ali Emran, the festival curator. “Iranian movie ‘Absolute Rest’ focusing on the problems of women was applauded by the audience very well,” he said. ‘Absolute Rest’ recounts the story of a woman who leaves her hometown with her child after getting a divorce, but her ex-husband does everything he can to force her to go back. This was the Asian Premier of the film, Emran said.

Assamese feature film Othello produced by Manabendra Adhikary under the banner of Artha Film was also screened on the first day. The films which has many national awards including best screenplay at the Indian Cine Film Festival-2014 in Mumbai presents a tangential evocation of Shakespeare’s play as it explores mistrust and prejudice in a society ridden with political turmoil. “It is deep through adaptation of Shakespear’s play with beautiful directed scenes which left the audience spell bound,” said Azad Shah, a film actor.

‘Gour Hari Dastaan’ based on true-life story of a middle-aged man and his struggle to be officially recognized as the freedom fighter. In the movie, Vinay Pathak offers a deeply engraved character as Gandhian idealist and Khadi Kraft worker Gour Hari Das, who, when his son fails to secure admission in an engineering college under the Freedom Fighters quota, becomes determined to seek acknowledgment of his fight for the nation. After going from pillar to post Das' pursuit of a mere official document pits him against an apathetic system and a corrupt bureaucracy.

Directed by Ananth Mahadevan and written by CP Surendran, the film presents a emotional and tragic narrative with prolific acting by Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey in the main supporting roles. On December 23, the second day of IFFK at Tagore Hall will showcase films from International competition and J&K select.

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