Report by Debadatta Dash, Bhubaneswar: OdishaDiary (Orissadiary.com) conferred Odisha Living Legend Award 2012 on Nila Madhab Panda. He received the award for his excellent work of Social Service through his Films.
Health Minister Dr. Damodar Rout, Revenue Minister Surjya Narayan Patro and Energy and IPR Minister Arun Sahoo presented the award to Nila Madhab Panda at a glittering function held at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar on 10th November. Expressing his views on the occasion, he highly appreciated the effort of OdishaDiary for recognizing extraordinary talents across different fields in Odisha.
Nila Madhab Panda is an internationally award winning film maker with a social conscience. His recent movies I am Kalam and Jalpari have received global acclaim. A UN audio-visual award winner (2002), he has been honoured with Heroism in Cinematography 2003 and the UK Environment Film Fellowship 2002. He has made over 60 documentaries all with social messages. He believes in the human desire, ambition and in the inherent human capacity to realise our dreams. The characters in his films are a testimony to this fact. His films are simple yet though provoking, his recent characters are children yet they can teach all of us about essence and beauty of human life. His has been a voice of the unheard and oppressed. This award is an acknowledgment of his fourteen years of work in film making and for choosing this medium effectively to raise issues of social relevance.
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