College Name : - Biju Patnaik Film and Television Institute Cuttack
State : - Orissa
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India Vide Letter Dated. 13th January, 1992 wrote to Government of Orissa to explore the possibility of introducing appropriate courses to meet the acute shortage of technical manpower required for electronics media.
Accordingly the Diploma course in Cinematography was introduced in the year 1992 in Bhubanananda Orissa School of Engineering, Cuttack under World Bank assisted Project on Technician Education. Thereafter Diploma course in Sound & TV Engineering & Film & Video Editing were introduced in the year 1996.
With the approval of MHRD, Government of India and Government of Orissa An Autonomous Institute Film & Television Institute was created in 1998, carving the above 3 diploma courses from BOSE, Cuttack. Industries Department vide Notification No.11721/I/Dt.26.05.2001 renamed “Film & Television Institute of Orissa as Biju Pattanaik Film & Television Institute of Orissa, Cuttack.
BPFTIO has some of the most advanced and sophisticated equipments in the Eastern Region and all the three disciplines are headed by experienced faculties who have graduated from FTII, Pune. Ten batches of students in Cinematography, seven batches both in Sound & TV. Engineering and Film & Video Editing have successfully completed their course till date. Almost all the diploma holders of the institute have found gainful employment in Government and Private sector, Media channels, Television & Film industry.
Profile of Chairman/ Director/ Principal:
Devdas Chhotray has long distinguished himself as a writer in Oriya. His oeuvre consists of poetry, stories, lyrics, musicals and screenplays, each of which has the imprint of his individuality.
His father, Gopal Chhotray, a Padma Award winner, and recipient of Central Sahitrya Akademic and Sangeet Natak Academic awards, was the chief architect of modern Oriya theatre.
Devdas Chhotray is widely known for his four decades of poetry and lyrics, and has been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. He is one of the few outsiders, whose work was published in Bengali translation in Sunil Gangopadhaya edited "Krittibas". He has received the prestigious Prajatantra Vishub Milari Award, and Utkal Samaj Centenary Award (Gnagadhar Meher Samman) for poetry.
His collection of stories, "Lal Machha" (Red Fish) has received wide critical acclaim.
He has composed lyrics for more than 75 films in Oriya, and earned State award as the best lyricist on more than five occasions.
All top singers of Mumbai and Kolkata including Sandhya Mukherjee, Nirmala Mishra, Usha Uthup, Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Sunidhi Chauhan have rendered his lyrics. A majority of his non-film commercial songs have been recorded by HMV. He has composed musicals for the TV.
Devdas Chhotray has written screenplays for feature films in Oriya. One of his films, Indradhanura Chhai (Shadows of the Rainbow) was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, and received award as the best film in International Film Festival at Sochi on the Black Sea in Russia same year. His other film "Biswaprakash" (The Young Rebel) was adjudged as the best regional film in National Film Festival, 2000 and was show-cased in Indian Panorama.
He has worked as the Director of Orissa film Development Corporation (1983-89 & 1996-98), Chairman of Public Committee in Fifth International Children;s Film Festival (1987) and later as Vice President of the Governing Council of Film and Television Institute of India at Pune (1999-2001).
Currently, he is the Chairman of Celluloid Chapter, Jameshedpur one of the most active film societies of eastern India and edits their journal 'Cinefile'.
Devdas Chhotray inherits the heritage of theatre. He has acted in radio and stage plays, and was a regular artist of the All India Radio. He was associated with the productions of Kala Sangram (Satish Anand's) at Patna. He is presently a member of the Board of Trustees of Orissa Theature Trust, Bhubaneswar.
Devdas Chhotray has very distinct experience of cultural institution building. While working as the Deputy Commissioner, Santhal Parganas, he established the Sangthal Nritya Kala Kendra at Dumka ( 1980) for promotion of santhal dance and music under the Ministry of Culture. Later, as Adminstrator of Suberanarekha Project at Jamshedpur, he had set up a Tribal Museum and Cultural Centre (1993) consisting of a hill top amphitheatre at Chandil for culture rehabilitation of the submergence area.
He has several publications to his credit. Apart from the anthologies of poems and stories in Oriya, translations of his poems in English have appeared in a collection called "Longing" published by the Pimlico Books, London. A separate anthology of his poems in Hindi called "Ret Ki Sidhi" has been published recently in Delhi.
Devdas Chhotray knows Oriya, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese and English languages. While in Oriya, has had done considerable creating writing, in English, in smaller measure, he has written poetry and review articles on books and cinema. He has occasionally translated poems from Bengali, Hindi and Assamese.
He was educated in the Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and Cornell University, USA.
After joining the IAS in 1971, initially allotted to UT and later to Bihar Cadre, Devdas Chhotray had worked in the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, as well as in Government of India at Delhi. He was the District Officer in Dhanbad and Santhal Panganas in the erstwhile Bihar. He has worked in the Departments of Personnel, Finance, Revenue, Industries, Health and Home in the State Governments, and in the Ministries of Industries, Coal and Department of Justice in the Government of India. Currently, he is working as Secretary, Department of Official Language in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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