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[box_info]Odisha state television awards from 2013 – Odisha [/box_info]

Odisha State Tele Awards eodishaorgFor the first time, Odisha State Tele Awards will be given away from this year. The award will be given in 18 categories comprising a total cash award of Rs 2.80 lakh.

The culture department has invited applications from artistes and technicians for the award by August 31. A six-member jury comprising eminent persons not from television background will select the awardees.

“The main aim of introducing the award is to encourage production of TV serials or telefilms in Odia of high technical standards and service relevance,” said culture director Sushil Das.

The highest amount of cash award of Rs 50,000 will be given to the best teleserial followed by Rs 25,000 for best telefilm. Similarly, Rs 20,000 cash will be given for best educational or children telefilm and best director, Rs 15,000 each for actor, actress and cinematographer.

Other categories include editing, screenplay, supporting actor and supporting actress, actor in a villain role male and female, comedian, child artist, dialogue writer and sound recordist. Besides, tribal telefilm in Odia will also be awarded.
The programmes, which are dubbed, revised, copied or remakes of a TV serial or telefilm, will not be eligible for the awards. For individual categories, the artists’ voice should not have been dubbed.

“Of late, the television industry in the state has increased manifold. A number of regional television channels have come up and telecast several entertainment programmes like megaserials, telefilms, reality shows and so on providing employment to a large number of people and talents. The awards will encourage artistes,” said secretary of Odisha Cine Artists’ Association Kuna Tripathy.

“In Odisha, many artistes are working both in films and television. The award will encourage them to carry on their good work,” Tripathy added.

The awards will be given away on November 27, 2013. (Source – The Times of India)