Assam Current Affairs

Village Rockstars: Assamese movie is India’s official entry for Oscars 2019

Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2019 (91st Academy Awards) under Foreign Language Film category. It was selected by 12-member jury of Film Federation of India (FII), led by Kannada producer-director SV Rajendra Singh Babu from 29 other films.

Village Rockstars

The film is written, edited, co-produced, and directed by Rima Das, who is a self-taught filmmaker. It has been set in Das’ own village Kalardiya in Chaygao district of Assam. Its story revolves around 10-year-old girl, Dhunu (played by child actor Bhanita Das), who dreams to form her own rock band and goes in search of electric guitar in her village.

The film was made over period of four years, and was shot on hand-held camera and shoe-string budget in rural Assam. Its casts include non-professional actors, sourced mostly from Kalardiya village. It had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and India premiere at Mumbai Film Festival 2018. It had won Best Feature Film ‘Swarna Kamal’ award at 65th National Film Awards. It also has won awards in three other categories: Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing.

Note: Norway has officially chose Bollywood actor Adil Hussain starrer What Will People Say as its entry to Oscars in Foreign language film category. Hussain is from Goalpara district in Assam. The 91st Academy Awards is scheduled to be held in February 2019.

Month: Categories: Awards Current Affairs 2018

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Cabinet approves 4 New National Institutes Of Design

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved proposal for introduction of Bill in Parliament for amendment of National Institutes of Design (NID) Act, 2014  for establishing four new NIDs across the country.

These four new NIDs are

  • National Institute of Design, Amaravati/Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
  • National Institute of Design, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • National Institute of Design, Jorhat, Assam.
  • National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra, Haryana.

Key Features of Bill

The amendment will bring these four new NIDs within ambit NID Act, 2014 and to declare them as Institutions of National Importance (INIs) at par with NID, Ahmedabad. The proposed Bill also brings makes some minor amendments to this Act such as to include consequential amendments considered necessary to re-name NID Vijayawada as NID Amaravati and nomenclature of Principal Designer as equivalent to Professor.

Significance

Establishment of new NIDs as Institutions of National Importance in different geographical regions of country will help produce highly skilled manpower in design sector which in turn, will create job opportunities, both direct and indirect. It will also provide sustainable design interventions for crafts, handloom, rural technology, small, medium and large scale enterprises; and outreach programmes for capacity, capability and institution building.

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