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Odisha boy bags first prize in documentary film-making contest

Hitesh Kumar, a young student from Odisha’s Jajpur district has brought laurels for the state as he bagged first prize at a national level documentary film-making contest.

Hitesh’s 3-minute documentary ‘Shri Jagannath’ has an awareness message for the society against the direct and indirect effects of felling hundreds of trees for construction of chariots for Rath Yatra in Puri every year. You can watch the film below.

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The film has won first prize in the ‘Yes! I’m the change’ competition, organized by Yes Foundation, the social development arm of Yes Bank.

Hitesh Kumar was assigned to make a 3-minute documentary on the subject ‘Environmental Sustainability’ within 101 hours, which he did successfully by doing everything himself- right from storyboard, scripting, filming, editing, and direction.

“Yes Foundation conducts the competition in four categories – students, corporate, NGO, and open. I had participated in the ‘open category’. I have ranked first in the all India level,” said Hitesh Kumar. Hitesh was felicitated recently at a function held at Nehru Centre Auditorium, Worli, Mumbai.

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