Dattari’s films on Chilika lake premiered in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Sep 25:

Two documentary films on Chilika lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon, by Shekar Dattari were premiered here in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The films, dedicated to viewers by the CM, are first nature-based films in India produced in high definition.

The film on Chilika was made after 18 mo148-main-pix-chilkanths of extensive shooting using high definition cameras and gadgets to capture breathtaking shots of Irrawaddy dolphins, birds and the rich biodiversity of the Lake, Ajit Patnaik, CEO of Chilika Development Authority which provided the logistics for the films, said.

The first film ‘Chilika – Jewel of Odisha’ is 21-minute long and captures the moods of Chilika in different seasons, its amazing biodiversity, life of the people in and around Chilika, the conservation initiatives, problems faced by the lake and ways out to address them. The film is in English and would be dubbed into Odia.

The second film titled ‘Managing Chilika’ is a 15-minute documentary narrating the journey of Chilika Development Authority during the last two decades.

Both the films would be screened in all metros of India and would take part in all nature-based documentary film festivals around the globe, Patnaik added.

Dattari also has to his credit documentary films on Olive Ridley turtles, Point Calimere, Shola forest of India, on Corbet national park and Indian tigers.

His films have been screened by National Geographic, Animal planet and he is the recipient of a number of national and international awards. (PTI)

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