BOBBY SARMA BARUAH
Bobby Sarma Baruah is an Indian Film maker, Producer and Screenwriter whose narrative content on socio cultural issues in Assam and the North East has been highly appreciated. She did her Master of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism and B.Ed. from Gauhati University.
As director, producer and scriptwriter, Bobby Sarma Baruah has a number of short films, documentaries, music videos and TV serials on various indigenous folk cultures blending into one, to her credit. She is also an accomplished poet and short story writer in Assamese language.
As a script writer she did her work for Assamese Feature film Adomya (Indomitable)and Rajbangshi Feature film Sonar Baran Pakhi (The Golden Wing).
Her debut feature film Adomya in which she explored the sensitivity and emotional world of women was awarded best film in spiritual category at the 13th Dhaka International Film festival. Adomya was also screened as an official selection for more than sixteenm international film festivals across the world. Her second venture, Sonar Baran Pakhi, a biopic based on life and time of the legendary folk singer Padmashree Pratima Barua Pandey of Assam has been included as an official entry in 20 different international festivals besides winning the Grand jury prize for the best feature film in the 15th Indian film festival of Los Angeles and the best audience choice award at the 15th Dhaka International Film Festival.
Bobby Sarma Baruah was awarded Senior Fellowship from Ministry of Culture, Government of India; on the topic Ethnic jewellery with attire of the eight states of north east India.
She has also served as juror at the prestigious 14th Dhaka International Film Festival and Lucknow Children’s International Film Festival, both in 2016. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral research for a PhD on influence of folk culture of Assam in Assamese cinema.
SANTOSH KUMAR PANDEY
A television professional and a team builder with over 17 years of industry experience, with well over a decade long leadership experience in programming, news and channel management, Shri Santosh Kumar Pandey launched, shaped, and led 4 pioneer regional satellite channels in Hindi heartland; Etv UP, Etv Bihar, Etv MP and Etv Rajasthan. Headed Mahuaa media network and its’ bouquet of 3 leading infotainment channels as Editor In Chief.
Contributed as a freelance consultant on Channel content and design to couple of infotainment and life style channels. In a mentoring role, headed the Television production and Direction wing of Ramoji Academy Of Film And Television Hyderabad.
Contributed to Vigyan Prasar in its’ mission to spread and instill scientific temper, as a member National Jury and Advisory Committee of National Science Film Festivals and Resource Person to IISF-2018 Chennai.
A postgraduate in Literature and Journalism and Mass communication. Presently, heading soon to launch ‘Etv Bharat’ s youth channel as a Senior Producer.
Conceptualized, written, directed and produced over 1000 Hrs of quality television software of different genres in News & Entertainment Television Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi during late 90s. As Senior Producer in Etv network, Ramoji Film City Hyderabad during 2002 –2010, lead the team of executive producers responsible for the overall health and growth of the programs and time bands including entire programming & news operation of the four Hindi channels in close co-ordination with marketing and heading a huge team of reporters, producers, program executives and associates spread across 7 Hindi states and at Ramoji Film City Hyderabad. Presently – Senior Producer, Etv Bharat, Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.
CHANDRA MOHAN NAUTIYAL
As a scientist who is equally well known for communicating it, Dr. Nautiyal carries with him background in diverse fields of science, experience as science writer/ communicator/ broadcaster for a wide spectrum, and also experience as former Jury member in a National Science Film festival and other film competitions. With MSc (IIT/University-Roorkee), and doctoral/ post-doctoral qualifications (PRL, Ahmedabad), professionally he specialises in isotopic measurement- applying to Earth & Planetary sciences, Palaeoclimate and Archaeology but has donned many other hats in distinguished ways. He was convener, NCSC-National Workshop (1994), NCSTC Network, NCSC-2003, 3 Padma-Awadees’ Public Lectures-2006, and anchored several programmes of Dr. Kalam. He was Media Coordinator for the 2nd IISF-2016; Course Coordinator for the AIR Regional Science Popularisation & other science journalism workshops. He was on the Advisory Committee of Reg. Sci. City, Lucknow and its Sci. Expo and member, National Committee for Arch. Sciences; Soc. Earth-scientists and expert for many state/central government programmes. On one hand, he published in reputed science journals, on the other in science communication journals/ encyclopaedia like JCom; Sage Encyclopaedia on S&T Communication, aswell as in newspapers, magazines, books and communication courses (some being in the list of recommended reading at Texas University, USA) and reviewed books/research papers/ PhD theses in science as well as communication. He has delivered over 700 lectures including invited lectures like Curie Memorial Lecture at SLIET, Sangroor and MP Srivastava Memorial Lecture at Vijnana Parishad, Prayag and over 170 on science/science-writing for AV/films/ print media in ~20 Indian states & in Germany, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, USA and Vietnam. He contributed to 200 broadcasts on TV/radio in many roles including first ever such live telecast on Total Solar Eclipse-1995, Science Train-2004 & Venus Transit-2005. Apart from INSA medal for Young Scientists-88; Meteoritical Society’s US$1600 Travel Award; the list includes prizes for Best Poster papers (2), BSIP’s Highest Consultancy-earning Medal and Paper of the Month Award; ‘Prabhashree’ Award and Honour given away by Hon. Governor-UP & Chief Minister-HP respectively in addition to 5 scholarships and fellowships as student. He was also felicitated for science popularisation/ writing by CSIR-CIMAP; CSIR-NBRI; Vijnana Parishad, Prayag; Sahitya Mandal (Shree Nathdwara) as well as by many science clubs. Post-superannuation as Scientist-in-Charge, Radiocarbon Lab. at BSIP, his streak in science and its communication continues.
Ms Manju Borah’s films explore the region’s culture and its impact on the person and society as a whole. Her first feature film Baibhab (A Scam in Verse) was released in 1999. The film was awarded the Jury’s ‘Special Mention’ in the 47th National Film Festival, 2000 and was named the Best film in Asia at the 6th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2000. She was also the recipient of the Gollapudi Srinivas Award for Best Debut Director in 1999.
Then followed Anya Ek Yatra in 2001 and Aakashitorar Kothare (A Tale Told Thousand Times) in 2003. Aakashitorar Kothare won the National award for Best Regional Feature Film. Her following films Laaz (Shame), 2004 and Joymati (The Saviour), 2006 were both selected for the Indian Panorama in IFFI and other National & International festivals. Her 2008 film Aai Kot Nai (Ma) was awarded the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in 56th National Film Awards.
In 2012 Ko:yad (A Silent Way) received National Awards for Best Mising Film and Best Cinematography in 60th National Film Awards and selected in Indian Panorama of the 44th International Film Festival of India, 2013. The film has been awarded Best Director and Best Actor Awards in 2nd Ladakh International Film Festival 2013, Silver Gateway of India Special Jury Award in 15th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) 2013 and Best Film Award in 6th Bengaluru International Film Festival, 2013. Her film Dau Huduni Methai (Song of The Horned Owl) received National Awards for Best Bodo Film, 2015, Indian Panorama, 2015 (46th IFFI), Best Cinematography Award in the 4th International Women’s Film Festival, 2016, Afghanistan which is also an official selection for Montreal World Film Festival, Kerala International Film Festival, 2015, MAMI 2015 etc.
Her latest film Sarbagunakar Srimanta Sankardeva which is the 1st animated feature film in the North-Eastern Region of India which got released in Nov, 2016 with a huge response from the audience. She holds various positions at different cine organizations and also served as Jury Member in National Film Awards, Indian Panorama, MAMI, 3rd Eye 7th Asian Film Festival Mumbai, Chairperson of the Jury, OSCAR Screening Committee, Film Federation of India etc.
She is a recipient of a Senior Fellowship from the Central Ministry of Culture on her work associated with Women folklore of Assam and has been awarded the Women of Excellence Award by FICCI for her outstanding contribution to the field of Film & Entrepreneurship and also the Satyajit Ray Memorial Award given by the Asian Film Foundation for working to spread film culture in India as a life time mission.
Filmography: 1. Sapon 1996; 2. Baibhab (A Scam in Verse) 1999; 3. Anya Ek Yatra 2001; 4. Aakashitorar Kothare… (A Tale Told Thousand Times) 2003; 5. Laaz (Shame) 2004; 6. Joymati (The Saviour) 2006; 7. Aai Kot Nai (MA) 2008; 8. KO:YAD (A Silent Way) 2012; 9. Dau Huduni Methai (Song of The Horned Owl) 2015; 10. Sarbagunakar Srimanta Sankadeva 2016
Accomplished radio/theatre actress Dr Santwana Bardoloi is well known in her home state
of Assam. She is also one of the senior Pediatricians practicing in Guwahati. Her first
Assamese directorial venture “Adajya”, was made in 1996. It won high praise as well as
the 1997 Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus, Best Assamese feature film) and the 1998 Silver Peacock. It was selected in the Indian Panorama and was invited to many international film festivals all over the world.
Her second film “Maj Rati Keteki” was made in 2016. It too won the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus,
Best Assamese feature film) and Adil Hussain won the Jury’s Special Mention at
National Awards 2017 along with Mukti Bhawan. It was selected for the Kerala International Film Festival (Competition Section), Bengaluru and Kolkata International Film Festival.
ANJALI RAI MEHTA
Born on April 5, 1958 Shri Anjali Rai Mehta did his graduation from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in Mechanical Engineering. During his college days, he was a prolific speaker and won many high profile debating competitions. As member of the popular Theatre group Abhinet in Chandigarh, he started acting in Plays. In fact, it was his passion for theatre and films that made him leave his career as an Engineer and pursue Diploma in Theatre from Shriram Center for Performing Arts, New Delhi in 1981. He did active theatre for several years and directed many plays including Badal Sircar’s Ant Nahin and Jean Paul Sartre’s Men Without Shadows which won huge critical acclaim. His plays also featured in various theatre festivals all over India. He worked with Kundan Shah during the making of the path breaking feature film “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”.
Soon after he fell in love with the philosophy, structure and sociology of science and specifically intersection of science with nature of Ultimate Reality, Knowledge, Cosmos, Life, Self and Consciousness, Human Behaviour, Individual and Social Morality and the impact of technological growth on the Human Condition. In early nineties he took to science film making in earnest and since then he has travelled all over the world filming the historical march of science. Tracing major scientific breakthroughs he has shot at some important scientific establishments in Cambridge, Oxford, London, Birmingham, Paris, CERN, Geneva, Zurich, Munich, Caltech Pasadena, LA, Palomar Observatory and Fermi Laboratories, Chicago among others. He has filmed and interacted with top notch scientists and Nobel laureates including winners of physics Nobel 2017 Kip Thorne and Barry Barish.
He has produced and directed more than thirty short films and documentaries besides many Ad films. He also created, designed, produced and directed and anchored the 27 episodes science series “Kudratnama” which was telecast on Star Plus, the fist science show to be telecast by a mainstream GEC. He has also conceived, designed, produced and curated ‘Lights & Shades of Science’, India’s biggest science photography contest and exhibition. ‘Lights & Shades of Science’ travelled to Berlin as part of “Year of India in Germany’.
For last many years now he has been working to interpret the human spiritual quest in the light of 21st century science.
Shri Sharad Dutt has been associated with Electronic Media for more than Four decades. He Chaired the Jury of National Film Awards, 2013 for Best Writing in Indian Cinema and Assocham National Council on M&E for 8th Annual Summit on Media & Entertainment, 2014.
Shri Dutt worked as Officer on Special Duty to Directorate General: Doordarshan (2006-2007), Doordarshan Bhawan, New Delhi. As a Director of the Kendra, that too of the Delhi Doordarshan, he managed the major & intricate assignments which included VVIP recordings (like President, Prime Minister, Foreign leaders) & recordings of Independence Day & Republic Day, Mega OB’s (live as well as Recordings) with renowned dignitaries, Evening Live shows & other day to day coverage’s. Besides this he was actively involved in important recording, which he conceived, executed & directed. As a Director he is well known to give platform to best talent, to record intellectuals & thinkers & as a genuine Film Maker tried to contribute something worth.
His prestigious recordings included live telecast of Independence Day & Republic Day from the last 33 years; major live telecast of then Russian President Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Nelson Mandela’s Former President Bill Clinton & Former President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s visit to India; centenary celebration of Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru.
Hehas produced more than 100 Documentries on many eminent personalities from almost all the personalities like Dr. Mulk Raj Anand, K.L Saigal, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachhan, Pankaj Mallick, Nirad C Chaudhri, Dilip Kumar, J Krisnamurthy, Amitabh Bachaan, Amrita Pritam, Dev Anand, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Aktar ul Iman, Dom Moreas, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heamy, Shiv K Kuma. Special Documentary (India Civil Services) on civil service day 2006 which was screened at Vigyan Bhawan in the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh. Directed “ The Movable Feast”-“France through the eyes of an Indian” (Co-Production with French Television). Interview based Programme with Lady Margaret Thatcher on her visit to India. Produced more than 20 programmes on Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru & Mrs.Indira Gandhi. Series of 26 episodes “World of Nature” with Khushwant Singh. Produced Doordarshan’s first colour film “Thunderbolts” (first Aerobatic team of Indian Air Force) and hundreds of other programmes and series.
Shri Dutt written Biography of Music Maestro Anil Biswas “Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaye”, Biography of K.L Saigal “Kundan”, Co edited five volumes of the selected works of Saadat Hassan Manto’s “Dastavez” with sh.Balraj Manra, Co edited life & works of Nasir Kazmi’s “Dhyan Yatra” with sh. Balraj Manra, “Dastaan-e-Alamara” on the making of India’s first talkie on its 75th Anniversary. He is recipient of several national awards including National Award for best book on Indian Cinema titled “Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaaye”, National Award for Best Book of Indian Cinema Listed Kundan, the Life & Music of Legendary Singer/ Actor K.L Saigal and Hindi Akademi Award for outstanding contribution in the field of Media (Govt. of Delhi).
SHAMBHU NATH SINGH
Prof. Shambhu Nath Singh has had two decades of experience in the field of journalism and more than a decade long experience as a media academic.
As a media professional he has worked in positions like Political Editor, Associate Editor, Executive Editor, Assistant Editor, etc., and regular columnist in well- known newspapers such as the Hindustan, the Nav Bharat Times, the Jansatta, the Dainik Bhaskar etc., besides being editor and regular contributor to many journals and magazines.
In the field of academics, Prof. Singh has held senior positions such as Vice-Chancellor, Director, Professor, Senior Professor and Visiting Professor.
A winner of Sahityakar Award (2002-2003) and Harmony Award (1997) for noteworthy contribution in the field of Hindi Journalism. Prof. Singh has also represented India in prestigious ‘International Leadership Visitor Programme in the United States in 2007′ and addressed a prestigious gathering of senior journalists at International Press Centre, New York.
A Doctorate from JNU, he has also served as a Vice-Chancellor of Patna University, Bihar, India from August, 2011 to August, 2013. He has also been the Visitor’s nominee for a few Universities and the Chancellor’s nominee for another few. He has served as Member of Selection Committees for senior faculty positions in various other universities/academic institutions. Also he has been Member of Curriculum Design Committees, Finance Committees etc., of Central / State Universities.
He has a more than thousand articles to his credit in national dailies, magazines and journals. Prof. Singh has been Key resource person for many workshops and chaired many seminars on media, media literacy and communication conducted by organisations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, UGC, Discovery Channel, etc.
He has been associated with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as member/ expert of peer team for assessment of universities and resource person for training the assessors. He was a Member of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Ministry of Minority Affairs.
He has also served in various Committees like Advisory Panel, Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Media for Science & Environment, Hindi Advisory Committee, Task Force on Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill and the Content Code, Core Committee on Standardisation of Media Education-an initiative by Press Council of India for development of National Media curriculum framework, Evaluation Committee of Central Hindi Directorate, M.H.R.D. GOI to select outstanding books (published) for “Education Award (Shiksha Puraskar)”.
He is the founder Director and Professor, School of Journalism and New Media Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He has set forth the vision, mission and road map which included Centres for Research & Repository and Professional Training, a Standing Media Congress to reflect on all issues that pertains to media in South Asia besides academic cooperation /collaboration with international institutions of repute.
He initiated as a Director of SOJNMS of IGNOU certain MoUs / MoAs with UNESCO; Deutche Welle, Germany; Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA); Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), etc.
Presently he holds the position of the Director in the School.
MIKE H. PANDEY
Chairman of the Jury, 8th NSFFI 2018, Guwahati
Dr Mike Pandey – globally honoured & renowned for his pioneering and landmark conservation work. He is India’s iconic wildlife conservationist and Environmentalist/Filmmaker.
- Mike Pandey has been working with single minded dedication for over 35 years to protect Wildlife & the environment in India. This, he has done successfully and made a difference. His outstanding efforts brought legislation to protect the whale shark not only in India under the wildlife Act 1972, but also globally along with protection for other species over the years.
- 5 times legislative changes have been brought in India through his powerful films.
- He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi wildlife conservation award for his outstanding single handed work to protect Indian wildlife and heritage – without any support from any organization or institution using films to inform motivate and address policymakers and the common man.
- The International press – “The Time Magazine” USA, declared Mike Pandey a “Global Hero of the Environment 2009 in the Visionaries and leader categories.
- SPAN MAGAZINE U.S. March/April 2010
“Mike Pandey, a hero not only in India, but around the world. Pandey uses his talents to make films- films that have saved entire species, such as India’s vultures and whale Shark, the world the largest fish, from probable extinction. His history shows that one person can make a difference”. Laurinda Keys.
- The GUARDIAN UK
Internationally renowned for his high caliber and powerful films, Mike Pandey is India’s most accomplished and iconic nature filmmaker, who uses films as a tool for spreading awareness on the protection and conservation of wildlife and environment at extreme grass root level-Guardian UK.
- “Mike Pandey, one of the country’s most revered natural history documentary makers…” – Guardian, October 3, 2004, www..guardian.co.uk
- “Pandey is a one man army fighting to preserve India’s wild-life heritage” – Namita Bhandare, Man’s World, April 2003
- “Nature’s Guardian Angel” – the Sunday Statesman Magazine, July 2003
- “Mike Pandey, one of India’s most accomplished nature filmmakers” – Outlook Magazine, July 2004
- It takes special individuals to raise the levels of consciousness around them. Mike Pandey is one such person” – Shloka Nath, mid-day.com
- Over 300 other National & International Awards.
- Three times green Oscar winner- world’s most prestigious award for his contribution to conservation of wildlife.
- UN Award – “Son of the Earth Award” for protecting a species from extinction of whale sharks.
- Golden Panda
- From China for protection of Global Heritage Whale Shark and the Living Fossil the horseshoe crab.
- Golden Giraffe: From France 2005, for making a difference and most effective conservation series in the world Earth Matters.
- IQ International Quorum of Filmmakers, Australia 2011
- Crystal Globe for using films as an effective tool, and making a difference globally.
100 Years History of the World: Global honor-by BBC, Discovery, National geographic etc.
For 100 Years of wildlife History:
In 2008 He was honoured by BBC and Wild Screen – a global body as one of the five outstanding individuals who had made a difference to the planet by their work in the last 100 years of natural history films.
David Attenborough, Mike Pandey along with others were honoured by the Global Jury for making a difference to the Planet through their work. . In words of Sir Attenborough- “The world needs films, conservation films- like the ones Mike Pandey makes.
Earth Matters his Environmental & wildlife educational TV series telecast on DD National and DD Network in Hindi & other languages reaches 800 million people across India weekly through DD National. The programme has been going on for almost 13 years. The progrmme has led to formation of over 4000- Earth Matters Nature Clubs in rural areas across India.
Dr Mike Pandey is Chairman of Earth watch an NGO working with scientist to bring citizen’s science to common people in rural areas. Simplified and easy so as to establish the link between our lives and nature. Working in Western Ghats-on climate change and forests. Also working with Pant University –on Himalayan Ecology, Bees & Agriculture.