Thursday, 21 November 2019

CAG has a great role in developing Time bound and outcome based system of working in the country: PM

PM addresses Conclave of Accountants General and Deputy Accountants General

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed Conclave of Accountants General and Deputy Accountants General here today. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister said that the time bound and outcome based system of working is developing in the country and CAG has a great role in that. This is being made possible as lot of hard work goes into the work performed by CAG and particularly by the field offices of the CAG. Because of such dedicated auditors the credibility and strength of CAG has come into form, he added. He emphasized that to bring a change in such an old established institution, itself is a great challenge.

Prime Minister said that today talking of reforms is fancy today but the actual reform occurs when the entire rank can file is fully ready with complete honesty to bring reform with full dedication and this is applicable to every government and every organisation of the country and CAG is also included in that. He added that changes have also come in the audit process of the CAG. Whatever CAG does will have direct impact on the governance. CAG audit process should also not take too much time. CAG also has to progress towards CAG plus.


Oscar Retrospective

A session on Oscar Retrospective followed by the screening of Casablanca was held on day 1 at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa. 

Moderated by Journalist and film critic Naman Ramachandran, the session had the Festival Director, ADG, Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Chaitanya Prasad along with the editor of American film editor who also worked on the restored version of Casablanca, Ms. Carol Littleton. 

On asked about the idea behind curating a section on Oscar Films, Mr. Prasad said, “We have grown up watching these films and admiring them. To be able to see these films on big screen is an experience in itself. All age group people sitting here in the theatre to watch the film says it all.” 

Carol Littleton spoke about how there is a huge effort behind Oscars. “We work throughout the year. There are Outreach programmes, Workshops, seminars to make technicians technically sound. We also look at science of making films. Artistic and scientific sides both are important for making a film.” She said. 

Talking about how there are wide numbers of Academy members from around the world now, Littleton said, “People can become academy members online by getting two recommendations of academy members. It’s open for worldwide members who have credits and the mastery. We are looking at participation from around the world.” 

Ms. Littleton also congratulated Mr. Prasad on choosing such wide range of amazing films. “The Film Festival has Romantics, Comedies, Musical etc You have touched different genres, that is not easy. I think you are going to have success.” She concluded. 

On the occasion of the 50th year of International Film Festival of India, the festival announces a special section which celebrates some of the most outstanding films which have won the Best Film award at the Academy Awards also known as the Oscars. The Section has been aptly named as the Oscar Retrospective.

All these films have not only won the Best Film award but also had been nominated in other categories at the Oscars and have amongst them won quite a number of awards.The films in this category are some of the most popular and evergreen Hollywood classics which cinephiles and film enthusiasts would love to eagerly watch on the big screen at the 50th IFFI. IFFI always has been a platform that celebrates films from across the world and the festival take this opportunity to pay humble respect to some of the classics of all time made by some of the most respected names of the Hollywood industry.


I & B Secretary launches NFAI Calendar 2020 featuring Musical Instruments in Indian Cinema

NFAI calendar is going to be a Collector’s item for all film lovers, said Secretary I&B, Shri Amit Khare while inaugurating “The NFAI Calendar 2020” during the 50th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa today. Calendar focuses on the musical instruments in Indian Cinema featuring some rare images from the collection of the archive.

The calendar brings 24 images presenting musical extravaganza with a compilation of actors playing musical instruments in cinemas of various languages in India. Renowned filmmakers Subhash Ghai, Shaji Karun, Rahul Rawail were present along with President of Federation of Film Societies of India, Kiran Shantaram, on this occasion. Chief Secretary, Government of Goa, Shri Parimal Rai, and Additional Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Shri Atul Tiwari, graced the occasion along with DG, Bureau of Outreach Communication, Shri Satyendra Prakash, and Director NFAI, Shri Prakash Magdum.

The NFAI Calendar 2020 is a rich compilation of the treasure of Indian musical instruments in Indian Cinema. The Calendar featurs rare images of Raj Kapoor playing Tamboora (Valmiki, 1946); JayashreeGadkar playing Veena (SeetaMaiya, 1964); VishnupantPagnis playing Ektara (NarsiBhagat, 1940); P L Deshpande playing Tenor Banjo (Gulacha Ganapati, 1953); Sivaji Ganesan playing Nadaswaram (ThillanaMohanambal, 1968); Neralattu Rama Poduval playing Idakka (Thampu, 1978); Raj Kumar playing Shehnai (SanadhiAppanna, 1977), Kalpana playing Violin (GejjePooje, 1970), Kishore Kumar playing Harmonium (Shabash Daddy, 1978) etc. The added attraction is a QR code on calendar that can be scanned to get detailed information about the featured image and the concerned film.

This year the Calendar is available in two formats, Wall and Table and can be purchased by booking online at


IFFI@50 will inform, educate and attract youth and children and attract them towards Films: I&B Secretary, Shri Khare

Children and youth will be attracted towards IFFI@50 as the exhibition will have an interactive capacity where they can try various things and get information themselves. It also showcases various new techniques being used by film industry, said Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Shri Amit Khare, after inaugurating An Interactive Digital Exhibition IFFI@50 today which is being organised by Bureau of Outreach and Communication under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at Darya Sangam near Kala Academy in Goa.

Shri Khare further said, the main aim of the exhibition is attracting youth towards film sector which has shown a growth rate of 13.5% last year. Alongwith Film Bazaar and Film Festival this exhibition will also become a source of attraction for youth and delegates here.

The exhibition shows the history of films in an interactive digital way. From 50s and 60s until up to 2010 it takes us through various stages of journey of films. Exhibition will remain open for all from 21-28 November, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IFFI, the exhibition - IFFI@50 - is a tribute to IFFI journey from its inception in 1952 till now. The aim of the exhibition is to show how IFFI helps to showcase Indian cinema to the world and also make India a platform where world cinema can be showcased.

The visitors to this exhibition will experience the evolution of Indian Cinema through various installations. In addition to this, there are various first of its kind hi-tech features used in the exhibition like Zoetrope (moving picture creative installation), 360 degree immersive experience area through 50 camera set ups, augmented reality experience, vertical digital display panels, Virtual reality tools, hologram technology, IFFI’s journey through digital panels etc. These have been designed to engage the audience to showcase the craft of filmmaking and highlight the impact of cinema on society. The exhibition has information and pictures from the very first motion picture in 1913 till date.

On the sidelines of the exhibition, various competitions are being organized such as Film quiz, short film making (on Government initiatives like Swachh Bharat, No to Single Use Plastic, Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat etc.), drawings, paintings etc. for kids on everyday basis. Every day winners would be rewarded.

Noted Filmmakers Shri Rahul Rawail and Subhash Ghai were also present on this occasion with other dignitaries.


प्रदर्शनी-IFFI@50 युवाओं तथा बच्चों को सूचित, शिक्षित और आकर्षित करेगा और उन्हें फिल्मों की ओर ले जाएगाः सूचना और प्रसारण सचिव श्री खरे

सूचना और प्रसारण सचिव श्री अमित खरे ने कहा है कि 50वें भारत अंतर्राष्ट्रीय फिल्म समारोह में लगाई गई इंटरएक्टिव डिजिटल प्रदर्शनी IFFI@50 बच्चों और युवाओं को आकर्षित करेगी। श्री खरे आज 50वें भारत अंतर्राष्ट्रीय फिल्म समारोह में इंटरएक्टिव डिजिटल प्रदर्शनी का उद्घाटन कर रहे थे। उन्होंने बताया कि इस प्रदर्शनी की इंटरएक्टिव क्षमता के कारण बच्चे और युवा विभिन्न प्रयासों से स्वयं सूचना प्राप्त कर सकते हैं। प्रदर्शनी में फिल्म उद्योग द्वारा इस्तेमाल की जाने वाली विभिन्न नई तकनीकियों को दिखाया गया है। प्रदर्शनी का आयोजन गोवा के कला अकादमी के निकट दरिया संगम में सूचना और प्रसारण मंत्रालय के आउटरिच तथा कॉम्युनिकेशन ब्यूरो द्वारा किया गया है।

श्री खरे ने कहा कि प्रदर्शनी का मुख्य उद्देश्य युवाओं को फिल्म की ओर आकर्षित करना है। इसमें पिछले वर्ष 13.5 प्रतिशत की वृद्धि हुई है। उन्होंने कहा कि फिल्म बाजार तथा फिल्म समारोह के साथ यह प्रदर्शनी युवाओं और प्रतिनिधियों के लिए आकर्षण का स्रोत होगी।

प्रदर्शनी में इंटरएक्टिव डिजिटल तरीके से फिल्मों का इतिहास दिखाया गया है। 1950 और 60 के दशक से लेकर 2010 तक फिल्म यात्रा के विभिन्न पड़ावों को दिखाया गया है। यह प्रदर्शनी जनसाधारण के लिए 21 से 28 नवंबर तक सवेरे 10 बजे से रात्रि 8 बजे तक चलेगी।

आईएफएफआई की 50वीं वर्षगांठ के अवसर पर प्रदर्शनी IFFI@50 आईएफएफआई की 1952 में स्थापना से लेकर अभी तक की यात्रा को सम्मानित करती है। प्रदर्शनी का उद्देश्य यह दिखाना है कि आईएफएफआई किस तरह विश्व को भारतीय सिनेमा दिखाने में सहायक है और भारत को विश्व सिनेमा दिखाने के लिए एक मंच प्रदान करता है।

प्रदर्शनी में आगंतुक विभिन्न स्थानों से भारतीय सिनेमा के विकास का अनुभव प्राप्त कर सकते हैं। इसके अतिरिक्त जोएट्रोप (चलचित्र क्रिएटिव स्थापन), 50 कैमरे के जरिए 360 डिग्री इमरसिव अनुभव क्षेत्र, सशक्त वास्तविकता अनुभव, वर्टिकल डिजिटल डिस्पले पैनल, वर्चुअल रिएलिटी टूल्स, होलोग्राम टेक्नोलॉजी जैसी अत्याधुनिक विशेषताएं पहली बार प्रदर्शित की गईं हैं। इसे इस तरह तैयार किया गया है ताकि दर्शक फिल्म निर्माण विधा देख सकें और समाज पर सिनेमा के प्रभाव को उजागर किया जा सके। प्रदर्शनी में 1913 में आए पहले चलचित्र से लेकर अब तक की सूचना और तस्वीरें हैं।

प्रदर्शनी से अलग बच्चों के लिए दैनिक फिल्म क्वीज, लघु फिल्म निर्माण (स्वच्छ भारत, नो टू सिंगल यूज प्लास्टिक, एक भारत श्रेष्ठ भारत जैसे सरकारी कार्यक्रमों पर), चित्रकारी, पेंटिंग जैसी विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताएं आयोजित की जा रही हैं। प्रत्येक दिन विजेताओं को पुरस्कृत किया जाएगा।

इस अवसर पर जाने-माने फिल्मकार श्री राहुल रवेल तथा सुभाष घई तथा अन्य गणमान्य अतिथि उपस्थित थे।

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सूचना और प्रसारण सचिव ने एनएफएआई का 2020 का कैलेंडर लांच किया

कैलेंडर में भारतीय सिनेमा में संगीत वाद्य यंत्रों को दिखाया गया है

सूचना और प्रसारण सचिव श्री अमित खरे ने आज गोवा में 50वें भारत अंतर्राष्ट्रीय फिल्म समारोह में एनएफएआई का 2020 का कैलेंडर लांच किया। उन्होंने कहा कि एनएफएआई का कैलेंडर सभी फिल्म प्रेमियों के लिए संग्रह करने योग सामग्री बनने जा रही है। इस कैलेंडर में भारतीय सिनेमा में उपयोग किए गए संगीतमय वाद्य यंत्रों को दिखाया गया है। इसमें अभिलेख से प्राप्त कुछ दुर्लभ चित्र हैं।

कैलेंडर में 24 चित्र शामिल किए गए हैं, जिनमें भारत की विभिन्न भाषाओं की फिल्मों में अभिनेताओं द्वारा उपयोग किए गए यंत्रों का संकलन है। इस अवसर पर जाने-माने फिल्मकार सुभाष घई, शाजी करूण, राहुल रवेल, फेडरेशन ऑफ फिल्म सोसाइटी ऑफ इंडिया के अध्यक्ष किरण सांताराम, गोवा के मुख्य सचिव श्री परिमल राय, सूचना और प्रसारण मंत्रालय के अपर सचिव श्री अतुल तिवारी, ब्यूरो ऑफ आउटरिच कॉम्युनिकेशन के महानिदेशक श्री सतेन्द्र प्रकाश तथा एनएफएआई के निदेशक श्री प्रकाश मकदुम उपस्थित थे।

एनएफएआई के 2020 के कैलेंडर में भारतीय सिनेमा में उपयोग किए गए भारतीय संगीत वाद्य यंत्रों के खजाने का संकलन है। कैलेंडर में राजकपूर को तम्बुरा बजाते (वाल्मीकि, 1946), जयश्री गडकर को वीणा बजाते हुए (सीता मैया, 1964), विष्णुपंत पगनीस को इकतारा बजाते हुए (नरसी भगत, 1940), टी.एल देशपांडे को टेनोर बैंजो बजाते हुए (गोलाचा गणपति, 1953) शिवाजी गणेशन को नादस्वरम बजाते हुए (थिलाना मोहनबल, 1968), नेरा लट्टुरामा पोडुबल को इद्दिका बजाते हुए (थम्पू, 1978), राजकुमार को शहनाई बजाते हुए (सनधी अपन्ना, 1977), कल्पना को वायलीन बजाते हुए (गेजेपुजे, 1970) और किशोर कुमार को हार्मोनियम बजाते हुए (शाबाश डैडी, 1978) दिखाया गया है। कैलेंडर पर एक क्यूआर कोड दिया गया है, जिसे स्कैन करने पर चित्र और संबंधित फिल्म की जानकारी मिल सकती है।

कैलेंडर, दीवार और टेबल के लिए उपलब्ध है और इसे पर ऑनलाइन बुकिंग के जरिए खरीदा जा सकता है।

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Directors of International Films at IFFI meet the Press

‘Oray’ is about searching for personal and cultural identity: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

‘Interdependence’ talks about the emotional impact of climate change: Nila Madhab Panda

Cinema is not just about entertainment. It is also about touching minds, conveying messages and bringing about social change. ‘Oray’ and ‘Interdependence’, two international films scheduled to be showcased at the 50th International Film Festival of India resonates the same. 

Sharing his idea about the movie, German-Turkish film director and screenwriter Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay said that ‘Oray’ is about searching for one's personal and cultural identity. 

Recalling the constraints faced in producing his debut movie, Mehmet said that the most difficult part was to get financial support for the movie. “ It was also hard to find actors of Turkish origin in Germany as most of the Turkish actors were working in television. Since Television has got stereotypes, Turkish and Muslim actors always plays the roles of terrorists and gangsters. It took me almost one year to find actors”, he said. 

Differentiating between the practise of Islam in Germany and India, the director said that Islam in Europe is kind of a ‘You Tube Islam’ as the new generation Muslims there are learning the religion through internet.

Shri Nila Madhab Panda, one of the eleven Directors of the film ‘Interdependence’ said that this film talks about the emotional impact of climate change. “It is the story of a family in Delhi that is going through the phase of a divorce due to grave air pollution that engulfs the city. Idea behind the film is creating a dialogue so that some measurable actions are taken to mitigate the problem,” he said. 

The director further added that though the government and several organisations are trying to find solutions to air pollution, it is the people of Delhi who need to take a decision first regarding this menace. He also recalled personal experiences about how climate change is affecting relationships between people. 



Oray by German-Turkish film director and screenwriter Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay revolves around the concept of Triple Talaq. Oray the protagonist in the movie strives to be a better person but struggles with his shady past. His dream of being a good Muslim and the perfect husband is suddenly shattered while arguing with his wife. Oray goes to Cologne, where he tries to rebuild his life in a new Muslim community. But he is constantly torn between his faith, everyday reality and identity. 

The director employs a quasi-documentary style to tell the story of an individual exhausting himself as he works his way through a religion’s complex belief system and his search for fulfilment as a human caught between his belief in love and his love for his faith.The film premiered at the International Film Festival in Berlin in 2019 and was awarded the "Best First Feature Award"there. In IFFI 2019, the movie is competing in ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi medal category. 


A unique film composed by eleven internationally recognized filmmakers from around the world, Interdependence reflect the intertwined relations between human society and natural environment that are aggravated by climate change on multiple dimensions and scales, hinting at possible solutions.Started in 2018, the project explores in a sensible and creative way the position of humankind and nature. 

Nila Madhab Panda, one of the eleven Directors of the film has produced and directed over 70 films, documentaries and shorts based on important social issues such as climate change, child labor, education, water issues, sanitation. Nila’s first feature film “I am Kalam” has become an iconic film winning 34 international awards along with a national award. His second feature film “Jalpari” (desert mermaid) received the MIP Junior award at Cannes.


CAG has a great role in developing Time bound and outcome based system of working in the country: PM

PM addresses Conclave of Accountants General and Deputy Accountants General Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed Conclave of Ac...