New version of ‘Joy Bangla’ song released

DHAKA, A group of young artistes of ‘Team Joy Bangla’ today released a new version of the song ‘Sheikh Hasinar Salam Nin/Nouka Markay Din/Joy Bangla/Jitbe Abar Nouka’.

The song gained a huge response in the 11th national elections. It is very popular all over Bangladesh. The popularity of the song was the highest in all the elections including upazila elections, city corporation elections and by-elections of various constituencies in the past few years.

In continuation of that, the new version of the song has been created highlighting the development works of the Awami League government in the past five years.

AL Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil and the producer and lyricist of the song Touhid Hossain jointly launched the new version of the song at Vision-2021 Tower-1 at Karwan Bazar here this afternoon.

Song’s artiste and composer Sarwar and GM Ashraf, music director DJ Tanu and LMG Beats were present.

On the occasion, Asim Kumar Ukil said before the last elections, a group of creative youth of ‘Team Joy Bangla’ made this song for the AL’s election campaign, which helped AL’s election campaign get a festival mood.

“This time, they have made a new version of the song highlighting the development activities of the government. Like the last time, I do believe that the new song will get a huge response from the commoners,” he said.

He urged AL leaders and activists all over the country to use this new song in their election campaign.

Lyricist Touhid Hossain said like in the past, this song has been dedicated to AL President Sheikh Hasina.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

National Film Awards-2022 announced

DHAKA, The names of the winners of the National Film

Awards-2022 have been announced in 27 categories.

The Information Ministry issued a gazette notification to this end today.

‘Kura Pokkhir Shunne Ura’ and ‘Poran’ movies, produced by Muhammad Quayum and

Md Tamzid Ul Alam respectively, jointly won the award in the best film

category.

Eminent artistes Kamrul Alam Khan Khasru (valiant freedom fighter) and

Rowshon Ara Rozina popularly known as ‘Rozina’ won the lifetime achievement

awards for 2022 for their enormous contributions to the film industry.

Syeda Rubaiyat Hossain has been given the best director award for his film

‘Made in Bangladesh’ (also known in Bengali as ‘Shimu’).

Chanchal Chowdhury was named the best actor for his leading role in film Hawa

(Wind), while the best actress in leading role award 2022 jointly went to

Jaya Ahsan for film ‘ The Beauty Circus’ and Rikita Nandini Shimu for film

‘Shimu’.

The best actor in supporting role award went to Md Nasir Uddin Khan for film

‘Poran’ while Afsana Karim Mimi aka Afsana Mimi won the best supporting

actress award for film ‘ Paap Punyo (Vice and Virtue)’.

Subhashis Bhowmik was awarded best actor in a negative role for film ‘

Deshantor ‘.

Brishty Akhter and Muntaha Amelia won the best child artiste award jointly

for films ‘ Rohingya’ and ‘Birotto’ respectively.

Ripon Khan (Mahmudul Islam Khan) bagged the best music director’s award for a

song in the film ‘Payer Chaap’.

The best singer award jointly went to Bappa Mazumder for the song ‘E Mon Vije

Jay’ of the film ‘Operation Sundarbans’ and Chandan Sinha for the song

Thikana Bihin tomake of the film ‘Hridita’.

Atiya Anisha got the best female singer award for the song ‘Ei Shohorer Pothe

Pothe’ in film ‘Payer Chaap’.

Documentary Bangabandhu and Dhaka University was awarded in the best

documentary category while short film ‘Ghore Fera’ was awarded in the best

short film category.

The other award winners are: Rabiul Islam Jibon (best lyricist), Shouquat Ali

Imon (best composer), Faridur Reza Sagar (story), Khorshed Alam Khosru

(story), Muhammad Quayum (screenwriter), S A Huq Olik (dialogue), Sujon

Mahmud (editor), Himadri Barua (best art direction), Farjina Akhter (special

award under best child artist category), Ripon Nath (sound designer), Tansina

Shawon (costume) and Md Khokon Mollah (makeup).

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023 underway since Friday

Kathmandu: Various Nepali movies have got featured in the Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival 2023 underway since Friday.

Nepali filmmakers have already reached Mumbai to participate in the festival that will run till November 5. Organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), the festival showcases 250 films from 70 countries, competing in various categories.

From Nepal, ‘Gaun Ayeko Bato’ (A Road to a Village) is participating in the South Asia Premier category, while ‘The Red Suitcase’ and ‘Gurans’ (Rhododendron) are competing in the South Asia Competition. ‘Bahadur: The Brave,’ directed by Diwa Shah, is also a part of the competition.

In the short films category, ‘Helena’ and ‘WindHorse’ are representing Nepal, and ‘Chiso Ghar’ (A Bleak Home) has been selected for its world premiere under the Focus South Asia category.

Bidushi Giri the director of ‘Chiso Ghar,’ expressed her excitement about participating in the film festival, saying, “I am eagerly looking forward to sharing film techniques, skills, and experiences with fellow filmmakers at the event. I’m also excited to watch the films selected for the festival and receive feedback on my work.”

The participation of Nepali cinema in such event is expected to gain the global recognition for the Nepali film industry and attract investments for the production of Nepali movies.

Source: National News Agency – Nepal

‘Goru Parba’ selected for Aporia International Village Film Festival

Kathmandu: Goru Parba (Oxen Festival)’, a documentary on the bull fighting annual event held in Taruka of Nuwakot on the occasion of Maghe Sankranti festival, has been selected for the Aporia International Film Festival to be held in South Korea.

Aporia International Film Festival is being organized in Busan, the Republic of Korea, from November 2 to 6, 2023. ‘Goru Parba’ which is directed and scripted by Puru Lamsal is selected from Nepal.

With this, 10 films from various countries have been selected for the Aporia festival.

Niranjan Sigdel Sharma is the producer, Ramesh Dhamala and Jyoti Singh are the videographers and Lawa Singh is the editor of the documentary shot under the banner of Cine Makers Pvt Ltd. The playback music of the documentary is done by Rajendra Bajgain while the playback singing by Sushil Thakuri.

‘Goru Parba’ has also bagged two international awards. Executive producer and Cine Makers Pvt Ltd’s managing director KP Pathak said the documentary has been made with the objective of promoting Nepal’s cultural tourism internationally.

Source: National News Agency RSS

‘National Film Award and Lifetime Achievement Award’ concludes

Kathmandu, Aug 29: The ‘National Film Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, 2080’, hosted by the Film Development Board, concluded on Tuesday.

At a function held at the President Building, Sheetal Niwas, here today, President Ram Chandra Paudel presented the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award-2078’ to actress Laxmi Giri and ‘Lifetime Achievement Award-2080’ to actor Shiva Shrestha. Both the awardees bagged a purse of Rs 375,000 each.

Likewise, towards film awards, actor Haribamsha Acharya (Mahapurush), actress Diya Maskey (Prakash), director Dinesh Raut (Prakash), script writer Dipendra K Khanal (Chiso Manchhe), cinematographer Puruswottam Pradhan (Lappan Chhappan 2) and editor Nimesh Shrestha (Dokh) were honoured.

Likewise, ‘Aina Jhyalko Putali’ and ‘Gorkha Beneath the Bravery’ received ‘decisive award’ terming both the movies ‘special’. Both the movies bagged cash prize of Rs 25,000 each.

Addressing the award distribution and closing ceremony, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Rekha Sharma congratulated the artists honoured and awarded on the occasion.

“Film can play crucial role in societal transformation since it is an effective medium directly linked to the society. The government is committed to develop and expand the sector”, Minister Sharma added.

“A bill of film act is being drafted. We will soon initiate a process to elicit recommendations from film artists. Once the bill is endorsed, the film sector will be in a better position”, she further shared.

Also on the occasion, Board Chairperson Bhuwan KC expressed happiness for the opportunity to honour artists with lifetime achievement awards of two years.

“I have been hell bent to resolve the problems being faced by film artists since I became the chair. The board is working placing high importance to the interests of film sector”, KC added.

On the same occasion, President Paudel presented ‘special film awards-2078’ to ‘Tulki’ and ‘Niramaya’ and ‘special film awards-2079’ to ‘Bulanki’, ‘Prasad-2’ and ‘Chiso Manchhe’. Each movie received Rs 200,000.

A total of 35 artists and lyricists including, Kiran KC, Arjun Shrestha, Ramchandra Adhikar and Arjunjung Shahi and Dabbu Chhetri were honoured with letter of appreciation for their special contributions to the film sector.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Rafting and river festival in Bagmati River

Kathmandu, Aug 26: Rafting and river festival were organized in the Bagmati River in Kathmandu in a bid to make Bagmati River conservation campaign more effective.

The Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies (NARA), Nepal River Conservation Organization and Friends Club of Kupandole jointly organized rafting from Bagmati Bridge at Kupandole to Sundarighat starting from 7:00 am today.

NARA Vice-Chairperson Sishir Khanal said that the rafting and river festival were organized to exhibit the importance of water tourism as well as to promote identity of Bagmati River civilization and its conservation campaign.

Today was 23th edition of the rafting and river festival organized by the social organizations, it was shared.

Various social organizations have been conducting Bagmati River clean-up campaign for some years after the pristine river began to turn into a putrid sewerage.

Traditional musical instruments were played towards the beginning of the river festival that aimed at sensitizing participants about the current condition of the Bagmati River and the urgency to conserve the sanctity of the river water, added Khanal.

On the occasion, participants had also cleaned the river bank, according to the organizers.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Bagmati river festival scheduled on August 26

In its attempt to effectively conduct the Bamgati river conservation campaign, the Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies (NARA) is going to organize ‘River Festival and Mahajalyatra’ on Saturday.

Nepal River Conservation Organization and Friends Club are also joining hands to convene the event.

Vice Chairman of NARA Shishir Khanal said that the event is scheduled to be held to highlight, conserve and promote the Bagmati river civilization and promote rafting and water tourism in the Kathmandu Valley.

Khanal said that the event will begin at 7:00 am on Saturday from Bagmati bridge at Kupandole in Lalitpur and rafting will be done from 15 boats.

Campaigners have been conducting various programmes to preserve the Bagmati river, which carries a social and religious history in the Kathmandu Valley.

Source: National News Agency-Nepal

Short film ‘Lilami’ released

A short film ‘Lilami’ has been released. The film is focused on sufferings faced by the youths in country.

Executive Producer Jeevan Bhandari informed that the short movie was released through CTC Entertainment YouTube channel on the occasion of International Youth Day today. The film depicts how Nepali youths have faced problems in different fronts, and how their capacities can be leveraged for greater good of the country.

Journalist Ramji Gyawali is the director of the short movie. Director Gyawali has already directed more than one dozen of short movies while executive producer Bhandari has written script and songs of other short movie.

Mahesh Khadka, Sabina Raut, Deepak Dhakal, Narayan Kandel, Rajesh Bhattarai, Sudin Shrestha, Shibu Pandey, among others starred the ‘Lilami’ written by Pawan Basyal.

‘Lilami’ also features the story of youths being forced to go to abroad after not getting any opportunity and support in the country.

Source: National News Agency