Causes on celluloid for capital

Ranchi, Sept. 26: The capital is enjoying two offbeat days on its cultural calendar — the two-day Ranchi Film Utsav 2010, which kicked off today — playing host to cinema with a cause.
The ongoing fest at the Central Library of Ranchi University, organised by Jharkhand Jan Sanskriti Manch in association with Solidarity For Peace, Akhra, Kritika Foundation and Hope, is screening thought-provoking fare, which has not found scope in standalone theatres or multiplexes of the city.

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Reel journey to JNU fest via Lohardaga

Ranchi, April 8: When Cinemala, the international film festival of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), begins at New Delhi on April 12, there will be strains of Jharkhand’s music. Gadi Lohardaga Mail, directed by local lads Meghnath and Biju Toppo, would open the JNU film festival. Prakash Ray of the JNU students’ union recently informed the duo about the decision.

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Film on rice harvests silver

Jharkhand’s noted documentary filmmaker duo Meghnath and Biju Toppo have bagged a silver medal for its theme from Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA), Mumbai, for their film Ek Ropa Dhan on systematic rice intensification (SRI), a revolutionary method of maximising rice yield by using less water and seeds.

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Screen: a social platform

With his grey beard, white kurta-pyjama and characteristic jhola, Meghnath looks every bit a social activist. Nearly in his 50s, Meghnath is a straightforward person who does not like to mince his words to please others. A Bengali raised in Mumbai, he moved to Ranchi to work as a journalist. He had also been a member of the JP movement.

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