Calcutta/Bhubaneswar: Acclaimed filmmaker Himansu Sekhar Khatua has today taken over as director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) in Kolkata.
Retired professor Sameeran Dutta handed over the directorship to Khatua. Himansu Khatua is the first Odia to hold this prestigious position.
All SRFTI employees and staff congratulated and welcomed him.
On this occasion, Khatua interacted with the personalities of the media that he will dedicate to the development of the cinematic history of SRFTI.
“My first priority will be the creation and encouragement of new talent,” said the new director of SRFTI.
“I will endeavor to make the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India more popular and visible in the public arena,” Khatua added.
Acclaimed filmmaker Himansu Sekhar Khatua has been appointed Director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) in Kolkata on June 25, 2022.
The director’s nomination was approved by the Cabinet Nominations Committee (ACC).
The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been notified of the appointment.
Prior to being appointed as the Director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Khatua was the Managing Director of Kalinga Media and Entertainment Private Limited (KMEPL).
He also served as the general manager and took care of the administrations of the school of film and media science, the school of fashion technology and the school of mass communication.
He also directed the films Sunya Swaroop and Kathantara in 1996 and 2005 respectively. Both films also received the national award.
Apart from feature films, Khatua has made numerous documentaries and short films on various socio-cultural issues. He was also part of the Biju Pattanaik Film and Television Institute in Odisha, Cuttack.
His third feature MATIRA BANDHAN (The Inheritance) was based on a short story The Trunk of Ganesha by eminent writer Padmashree Jayanta Mahapatra. This could not receive a certificate from CBFC for reasons other than artistic credibility. However, the film was screened at the Mumbai Film Festival organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) and the Bangaluru International Film Festival.
The fourth feature film Krantidhara based on the story Jhada Parara Surjya by Dr Itirani Samanta, received the Asian Excellence Awards, South Korea, as best feature film.
Khatua, hailing from Khatuapatna in Bhadrak, is an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. He started his career as a professional audiographer, but later moved into filmmaking.