‘Read good books & see good films to enjoy life’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Feb 2018 09:41:43


Staff Reporter,

“Read good books and see good films. You only live once. So why not enjoy life,” stated noted filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, while addressing the gathering after his felicitation at the hands of Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, during the inaugural function of the second edition of Orange City International Film Festival at the Kalidas hall, Persistent Systems Limited, IT Park on Thursday. Adoor Gopalakrishnan was conferred with the OCIFF Award for outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema and felicitated with shawl, Shrifal, a bouquet and a memento.

Also felicitated on the occasion and conferred with the OCCF Award as legendary Music director Raamlaxman who was felicitated at the hands of Chandrashekhar Bawankule with a shawl, shrifal, a bouquet and a memento.

Speaking on behalf of Raamlaxman, his son Amar Patil, who is a composer thanked the Orange City Cultural Foundation for the honour and spoke of his father having grown up and studied in Nagpur and how he established his relations with the legendary actor Dada Kondke, with whom, Raamlaxman did many films that were super hit.

Chief guest Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule welcomed the legendary duo of Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Raamlaxman to the city. He also expressed his joy at the OCIFF holding the second edition of International Film festival in he city. He also conveyed Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis’ greetings for the success of the film festival.

Dr Jabbar Patel welcomed Adoor Gopalakrishnan and lauded his work in bringing purity in Indian Cinema making meaningful display of India’s rich culture. He stated that Adoor Gopalakrishnan was next to Satyajit Ray in this work. He also lauded music director Raamlaxman’s contribution in films, who has provided ‘Dhangar taal’ to Dada Kondke’s songs in his films. Dr Patel also praised Dada Kondke for being a genius and one who had the best of film making equipment Dr S P Kane, Vice-Chancellor of RTM Nagpur University, gave an analytical explanation about the film festival. He said that such cultural activities help in keeping the body and mind healthy.

Earlier, Dr Chandrashekhar Meshram, Organising Secretary OCIFF, spoke of the OCIFF agenda and thanked Senior Government officials, MTDC, Vice-Chancellor of RTM Nagpur University Dr S P Kane, Dr Jabbar Patel and Pune Film Foundation for joining hands in making the film festival a reality. The Festival is also being supported by Saptak Nagpur, Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh, Persistent Systems Limited, Hotel Centre Point 93.5 FM, nfai.

Dr Meshram stated that the festival’s main aim was to enhance people’s power of observation, stimulate thinking process. The festival will help make a big mark on the city’s cultural scene. The programme commenced with a colourful Ganesh Vandana dance performed by students of Guru Ratnam Janardhanan followed by a video clip on C Ramchandra, legendary vocalist and music composer whose birth centenary falls this year. He was from Nagpur.

This was followed with the lighting of the lamp at the hands of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Prof Mahesh Elkunchwar, MLA Ashish Jaiswal, Samar Nakhate, Dr S P Kane and Amar Patil, son of Music composer Raamlaxman and Dr Chandrasekhar Meshram.
Dr Sudhir Bhave conducted the proceedings while Dr Uday Gupte proposed a vote of thanks.