India's Bid To Promote Kashmir As One-Stop Destination For Filmmakers



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Srinagar's Dal Lake has been a witness to many romances in Indian cinema - Shammi Kapoor to Shah Rukh Khan, all have had their iconic dance sets filmed with the picturesque lake in their backdrop.

"Almost 370 Bollywood films have been filmed in the Kashmir Valley and now with the OTT platforms, this number will see a sharp increase," G-20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant stated.

According to him, the Working Group on Tourism will ensure more filmmakers from abroad visit the Valley.

"We are promoting Jammu and Kashmir so that foreign filmmakers also come here. We cannot become a world tourist destination without private investment. That's why we want global and domestic investment. We are also encouraging 100% FDI under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including in the North Eastern states and hill states," said Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy.

"In Kashmir, you will find everything within a radius of 10 km. There are snow-capped mountains, rivers and lakes. It would not be wrong to say that this area is a producer's paradise," Union Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh told NDTV.

Earlier, a lot of films were shot in the Valley but the trend faded in the 1990s due to terrorism. But now it seems old times are coming back again, according to him.

"For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, such a big international event is happening here. It signifies how the situation has changed and how the youth here no longer want to participate in strikes. They want employment," he added.

The G 20 summit organised at the Sheri Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) was also attended by Oscar-winning film 'RRR' actor Ram Charan.

He along with the delegates reached the stage and danced to the song 'Naatu Naatu' from 'RRR'. During his performance, he also taught the hook step of the song to Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok.

Sharing his memories of Kashmir, he said, "I have been coming here since 1986. My father shot a lot here in Gulmarg and Sonamarg. I too shot here in 2016. There is some magic in this place which grabs everyone's attention."

The government is trying to bring a new film policy through this working group meeting.

In discussions held on Monday, many countries shared their experiences about how to promote their countries as a destination for filmmakers.

It was also discussed how Tourism in New Zealand went up 40% after the 'Lord of the Rings' movie was filmed there.

"As many as 6% of international tourists who visited New Zealand admitted that they went there after watching the film," claimed an official.

He said even Singapore's tourist traffic saw a huge jump after Hrithik Roshan-starrer Krrish was shot there. "Indian tourism to Singapore increased after Krrish, from 6 million before to 7 million after the film," he added.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration stated that about 1.8 crore tourists visited the Union Territory last year. And indications so far suggest that this year this number will see a sharp increase.

Source: NDTV

   

Udichi seminar held on allocation of 1 percent of the national budget for cultural sector



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Bangladesh Shilpi Goshti organized a seminar demanding to allocate at least one percent of the national budget in the cultural sector. On Friday (May 31) at 3 pm, organized by Udichi a seminar titled 'National Budget: Relevance of One Percent Allocation in Cultural Sector' was held in the seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

In the key-note paper, Amit Ranjan Dey said, 'If the cultural consciousness is weak in the national life, alien culture will spread. The human form of culture gradually recedes and becomes a means of entertainment for only a handful of influential individuals or groups. Communal discrimination is gradually degrading human and cultural values, negative trends in society and state are emerging.

He also said, 'On the one hand, looting trade, money laundering in the name of development; On the other hand, the inherent consumerism of capitalist economy, sexism, communal terrorism, violence of fundamentalist groups have upset public life. Cultural awakening against this is the need of the hour. New painting, music, drama, poetry will be based on it. However, it is important to create a social, cultural, political and economic environment for that. In that case state patronage and goodwill is also an important accessory. In order to create an economic environment, there has been a demand for allocating at least 1 part of the national budget to the cultural sector for the past few years. But it did not rise above 0.09 to 0.16 percent.

The general secretary of Udichi also said, "A part of the allocation for the budget of the Ministry of Culture is used for cultural performances through Shilpakala Academy." Among which Genocide Environment Theater, Puppet Theater Festival, Bangladesh Cultural Festival, Instrumental Music Festival, production of plays about Bangabandhu are worth mentioning. But, it has been seen that almost all the programs have been held inside the auditorium of Shilpa Kala Academy where there is hardly any movement of common people. Ordinary people, especially working people, stand at the doors of Shilpakala Academy and try to understand what is happening inside. They don't have the courage to go inside and see. But Article 23 of the Constitution clearly mentions that people of all levels can contribute to the prosperity of the national culture and have the opportunity to participate.

It is culture and cultural activists who create awareness among the masses in the multidimensional crisis of the state. Motivation to turn around. Our mass struggles, including the language movement of the 1970s and the liberation war of the 1970s bear witness to it. These cultural workers have been making a logical demand to allocate at least one percent of the national budget to the cultural sector for a long time. Their demand is repeatedly ignored, which is nothing but the limitations of our budget thinking and philosophy.-It is also mentioned in the article.

Other speakers at the seminar said that the size of the national budget is increasing every year, but the structure and infrastructure of culture is not increasing. The budget is not being prepared in accordance with the dream of building a secular, democratic and socialist-oriented modern state, which is the basic spirit of the Great War of Liberation. What is being allocated remains limited to infrastructure construction. There is rampant looting and costs are increasing due to not completing the work on time.

They also said that the cultural workers were in the front line in the anti-tyranny Ershad movement. But, after the establishment of democracy, politicians moved to air-conditioned rooms and cultural workers remained on the streets. They question whether those who do culture budgets understand culture. He said that the state should pay the price for tolerating religious fundamentalism. Speakers demanded allocation of budget for culture sector in two city corporations of Dhaka.

President of Udichi Central Sangsad Professor Badiur Rahman attended the seminar, Mamunur Rashid, Mofidul Haque, Mr. Hamid, MM Akash, Fauzia Muslim, Manzare Hasin Murad, Asif Munir Tanmoy, Azad Abul Kalam, Ahkamullah, Mizanur Rahman, Rahul Raha, Rezaul Karim Siddique Rana, Dr. Lelin Chowdhury, Manzarul Islam Chowdhury Sweet, Zakir Hossain, Narayan Chandra Sheel, Pranay Saha, Abdus Salim, Dr. Azizur Rahman, Raghu Abhijit Roy and other prominent culture people and organizers. Amit Ranjan Dey, General Secretary of Udichi Central Sangsad, wrote and presented the keynote at the seminar. The seminar was conducted by Mahmud Salim, Vice President of Udichi Central Sangsad. 

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April 23 is declared as Black Day of Filmdom



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Entertainment journalists including the Television Camera Journalists Association staged a human chain and protest rally on Wednesday (April 24) to protest the organized attack on journalists at BFDC. At that time, they declared April 23 as the film's black day.

Meanwhile, in the night, in the decision of the inquiry committee formed by the journalists and artistes' association, the artists' association accepted four of the five-point demands of the journalists. However, Joy Chowdhury refused to accept the demand of expulsion from the association for two years and was banned for one month and asked to express his regret in front of everyone. But when Joy Chowdhury tried to divert the incident without expressing his grief, the journalists got angry.

A protest rally held at the gate of FDC on Wednesday afternoon demanded the immediate arrest of those involved in the incident. Journalist leaders said that the attack on FDC led by actor Joy Chowdhury, actor Shiva Shanu and villain Alexander Bo was a pre-planned and attempted murder.

After the human chain, the journalists submitted a memorandum to the Managing Director of FDC and demanded a fair investigation of the incident.

Aggrieved by this incident, the journalists declared Joy Chowdhury banned from FDC for life and declared April 23 as Film Black Day.

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Shilpi Samiti President Misha Saudagar, Secretary Dipjal



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Actor Misha Saudagar has won the president post of Bangladesh Film Artists Association this year (2024-26). Actor Monowar Hossain Dipjal has won the post of general secretary.

Misha Saudagar got 265 votes for the post of president, his rival Mahmud Koli got 170 votes. On the other hand, Dipjol got 225 votes for the post of general secretary, his rival Nipun Akhter got 209 votes.

Apart from Misha-Dipjol, Masum Parvez Rubel won the post of vice-president by getting 234 votes and DA Taib got 231 votes. Arman won the post of joint general secretary, Joy Chowdhury as organizing secretary, Alexander Bo as international affairs secretary, Jackie Alamgir as office and publicity secretary, Mamnoon Imon of Koli Nipun panel as culture and sports secretary and Kamal as treasurer.

Besides, 11 members of the Executive Council were elected – Sucharita, Rozina, Aliraj, Subrata, Dilara Yasmin, Shahnoor, Nana Shah, Ratna Kabir, Chunnu and Poli and Soni Rahman of the Kali-Nipun panel.

Voting begins at 9:30 am on Friday (April 19). Lasts till 5:30 pm. 475 artists voted in a festive atmosphere.

There were 570 total voters in this election. 48 candidates from two panels, including six independents, contested in this election to form a 21-member committee. In an alliance between the two rival panels were the two actors Misha and Dipjol from current Dhakai prominent film actors. From another panel, Golden past days hero Mahmood Koli and heroine Nipun Akhter fought.

In this election, Chief Election Commissioner was Khorshed Alam Khosru and members were AJ Rana and BH Nishan. Election results were declared at 7 am on Saturday.

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Baby Nazneen lost her mother



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Popular singer Baby Nazneen has lost her mother. On the morning of 17th April, her mother Abida Mansoor died in Bangladesh Medical College Hospital while undergoing treatment. (Inna lillahi wa---- Rajiun). She was 75 years old.

She was suffering from various problems including kidney complications for a long time. She is survived by three daughters, one son, grandchildren and many other great-grandchildren. According to family sources of Baby Nazneen, she was buried at Banani graveyard after Zohar prayer on Wednesday. On April 16, Baby Nazneen left for Japan from the US for professional reasons. She got the news of her mother's death from there. She is scheduled to return to Dhaka soon. She asked everyone to pray for her mother.



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