Three Odias got 61st National Film Awards

Three young Odias have been selected in different categories at the 61st National Film Awards announced on April 16, in New Delhi.

Mumbai-based journalist Alaka Sahani from Odisha has won the Swarna Kamal as the ‘best film critic’ at the 61st National Film Awards 2014 for a series of out-of-the-box articles that go beyond glamour, glitz and gossip. The award carries the Golden Lotus trophy, cash award of Rs 75,000 and a citation.

Film maker Lipika Singh Darai has won the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) for the ‘best voice over’ in the non-fiction category for her documentary, ‘Kanki O Saapa’ which captures her candid conversation with her grand mother. This 16-minute film has been scripted, directed, audiographed and edited by hers.

Lipika Singh Darai

Mumbai-based Odia audiogarpher Nihar Ranjan Samal has won the national film award for ‘best audiography (sound)’ in Hindi film ‘Madras cafe’.

Both Lipika and Nihar will be awarded Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000 each at the main event which will be held on May 3, 2014.

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