National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film

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National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film
National award for contributions to short film
Sponsored byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$ 700)
First awarded1985
Last awarded2017
Most recent winnerGirija
Highlights
Total awarded36
First winnerWarli Painting

The National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for Non feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

The award was instituted in 1985, at 33rd National Film Awards and awarded annually for films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Winners[edit]

Award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:

List of films, showing the year, language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1985
(33rd)
Warli Painting English B. R. Shendge V. K. Wankhede
For a perceptive exploration of the relationship between the life and art of the warli tribals.
[1]
1986
(34th)
Our Islamic Heritage: Part II English K. K. Garg for Films Division K. K. Garg
For its well researched treatment and the artistry and imagination employed in bringing an aspect of our great heritage into focus.
[2]
Classical Dance Forms of India: Koodiattam English Doordarshan Prakash Jha
For its excellent visual treatment of a great traditional theatre form.
1987
(35th)
The Kingdom of God English Shilpabharati Publicity Ranabir Ray
For treating its subject with careful cinematic detail and with a deep sincerity towards the very rich folk painting scene in rural India.
[3]
1988
(36th)
Scroll Painters of Birbhum (Patua) English  • Dilip Ghosh
 • Biswanath Bose
Raja Mitra
For portraying with sensitivity and insight the vanishing tribe of the Muslim scroll painters whose essentially secular art harmonises painting and singing.
[4]
1989
(37th)
Siddheshwari Hindi Mani Kaul Mani Kaul
For its innovative and stylised interpretation of a singer's work and her milieu.
[5]
1990
(38th)
Figures of Thought English Arun Khopkar Arun Khopkar
For exceptionally beautiful portrayal of the work of three painters, with verve, and unpretentious, but excellent visuals.
[6]
Vaastu Marabu English Min Bimbangal Bala Kailasam
For portraying the philosophy of traditional "Shilpi", transcending the physical form of the sculpture, exploring the collective unconscious of Indian sculptors.
1991
(39th)
Sanchari English Arun Khopkar Arun Khopkar
For memorable presentation of form and content of the Bharatnatyam dance through the exposition of Leela Samson's art, brilliantly synthesising dance and cinematographic language.
[7]
1992
(40th)
The Recluse Hindi Arvind Sinha Arvind Sinha
For a fine and moving tribute to one of the great living master of Dhrupad, Ustad Amiruddin Dagar.
[8]
Suchitra Mitra Bengali Sailen Seth Raja Sen
For a cinematic tribute to the greatest living exponent of Rabindra Sangeet.
1993
(41st)
Anukampan Hindi Balaka Ghosh Balaka Ghosh
For focussing attention on a unique intermingling of classical and folk dance traditions which is in danger of extinction through an appealing film form.
[9]
1994
(42nd)
Painting in Time English Topshots Sarbajit Sen
For using play of light to enter the surface of a culture, unobtrusively, allowing it to reveal its magical metaphysics.
[10]
1995
(43rd)
Pakarnnattam Ammannur The Actor Malayalam P. G. Mohan  • M. R. Rajan
 • C. S. Venkiteswaran
For recording sensitively the ancient theatre form of Koodiyattam as interpreted by the legendary Koodiyattam actor Ammannur Madhava Chakyar.
[11]
1996
(44th)
Nauka Charitramu English Saroj Satyanarayan Saroj Satyanarayan
For its innovative cinematic portrayal of three women musicians of Carnatic tradition.
[12]
1997
(45th)
The Official Art Form English National Gallery of Modern Art  • Suhasini Mulay
 • R. M. Gharekhan
For an important documentation of a vital transitional period of our cultural heritage.
[13]
1998
(46th)
A Painter of Eloquent Silence: Ganesh Pyne English Buddhadeb Dasgupta Buddhadeb Dasgupta
For a moving tribute from one artist to another and an appreciation of a painter's hidden expression.
[14]
1999
(47th)
"Thang Ta"- The Martial Art of Manipur English Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts Aribam Syam Sharma
For its passionate cinematic expression of a traditional martial art of Manipur.
[15]
2000
(48th)
Tribal Women Artists Hindi Kuldeep Sinha for Films Division Brij Bhushan for Films Division
For highlighting the creative abilities of the tribal women of Hazaribagh (Jharkhand) in an effective manner.
[16]
2001
(49th)
No Award [17]
2002
(50th)
The Eye of the Fish: The Kalaries Of Kerala English Films Division Priya Krishna Swamy
For the rich visual texture of the film on Kalarippayuttu with its simple and effective story telling powerfully counterpoints its message of the need to reject violence and war and develop a focused mind as a potent tool of self realisation.
[18]
2003
(51st)
Picasso Metamorphoses English Y. N. Engineer for Films Division Nandkumar Sadamate
For its rare attempt at interpreting the works of the legendary painter making him accessible even to those uninitiated to his art. The film examines the troubled times that Picasso lived in, his ideals, his relationships and the inevitable symbiosis of his life and work.
[19]
2004
(52nd)
No Award [20]
2005
(53rd)
Naina Jogin  • Hindi
 • Maithili
Praveen Kumar Praveen Kumar
For a seamless film aesthetically blending fact, fiction and reconstruction with perceptive interviews bringing out the life of the Madhubani painters of Bihar.
[21]
2006
(54th)
Jatra Jeevan Jeevan Jatra English Kailash Bhuyan Kapilas Bhuyan
For creatively presenting the transformation of Oriya Jatra from a folk form to a highly commercialised and mainstream form.
[22]
2007
(55th)
No Award [23]
2008
(56th)
Karna Motcham Tamil MGR Film and TV Institute S. Murali Manohar
For using powerful imagery and ironical juxtaposition, the film depicts the life of a Koothu artist. With subtlety, it captures the frustration and the hopelessness of a performer whose art is a misfit in a changing cultural world.
[24]
2009
(57th)
No Award [25]
2010
(58th)
Leaving Home Hindi Jaideep Varma Jaideep Varma
For an emotive and enthralling exposition of the passion and dedication of a group, bound by the spirit of music, who transcend the commercial boundary to embrace their original creative flair. Without compromising, the group led to the adventure with courage and guts. The film maker has journeyed through this adventure with dramatic sensibility and compassion.
[26]
2011
(59th)
Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show  • Manipuri
 • English
Madhusree Dutta Mamta Murthy
For taking us on a journey that chronicles the struggle to produce films in strife torn Manipur and in the process painting a vivid canvas, which captures cinema in the state as a medium of popular culture.
[27]
Lasya Kavvya: The World of Alarmel Valli English Sankalp Meshram Sankalp Meshram
For aesthetic delineation of Bharatnatyam through the dance, performances and personal interpretation by one of the greatest living exponents of this classical art form.
2012
(60th)
Modikhanyachya Don Goshti Marathi Gouri Patwardhan Gouri Patwardhan
For a nuanced depiction of the art, life and socio-historical context of two artists, father and daughter who negotiate their Dalit identity in very different ways through their work.
[28]
2013
(61st)
The Lost Behrupiya English Holybull Entertainment LLP Sriram Dalton
For a near surreal depiction of a dying art form in a globalised society. The film combines elements of drama and visual art with a lament for a rich cultural tradition
[29]
O Friend, This Waiting !  • Telugu
 • English
Justin Mccarthy Sandhya Kumar
For its wholly unconventional investigation of the Devadasi tradition in South India, combining an appreciation of this delicate and sensuous art form with a genuine sociological exploration.
2014
(62nd)
Kapila Films Division Sanju Surendran
For its unique and expressive rendering of Kapila's sheer artistry over Kudiyattam, the world's oldest theatrical art form.
[30]
2015
(63rd)
A Far Afternoon: A Painted Saga  • Hindi
 • English
Piramal Art Foundation Sruti Harihara Subramanian
For breathing life into the canvas to articulate and assimilate.
[31]
Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy: Music Beyond Boundaries Tamil Siddhartha Productions Amshan Kumar
For its unique and expressive rendering of Kapila's sheer artistry over Kudiyattam, the world's oldest theatrical art form.
2016
(64th)
In the Shadow of Time English Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts Shankhajeet Dey
In the era of animation, an important film that documents a dying art-form which is haunting, touching and kept alive through the sheer will of a community of poor puppeteers.
[32]
The Lord of the Universe English Shibu Prusty Shibu Prusty
This enlightening and informative film brings alive an amazing and complex ritual and takes us into the only place in the world where God comes alive as a human being.
2017
(65th)
Girija  • Madhu Chandra
 • Sudha Datta
 • Debapriya Adhikary
 • Samanwaya Sarkar
A reasoning reverence to Vidushi Girija Devi through her musical journey of more than six decades, highlighting her ability to caress each note and make every word exquisite.

References[edit]

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  16. ^ "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
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  28. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  29. ^ "61st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  30. ^ "62nd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  31. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  32. ^ "64th National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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