(TibetanReview.net, May06, 2018) – An exile Tibetan youth was among the recipients at India’s 65th annual National Film Awards at a ceremony in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, on May 3. Tenzin Kunchok and Sanjiv Monga won a ‘Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)’ and cash prize for the Marathi-language documentary Mrityubhoj (The Death Feast) for Best Editing. The two received the award from India’s Minister for Information and broadcasting Ms Smiriti Irani. The winners had been announced on Apr 13.
An alumnus of Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamshala, and Delhi College or Arts and Science, Tenzin Kunchok has previously worked for the BBC and the NDTV as an editor. He was later stated to have quit his job to start his own production company, Mogstar.
The awards, instituted in 1954, are presented for Excellence in cinematic achievements for Indian cinema. It has administered, along with the International Film Festival of India and the Indian Panorama, by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. The awards are presented in some 70 categories.
The ceremony honours films made across India, on a national scale, to encourage the furthering of Indian art and culture. Over 100 films made across the country are entered in each category (Feature and Non-Feature) for the awards and deemed eligible each year.