B. Narsing Rao

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B. Narsing Rao
Born 1946 (age 71–72)
Medak, Hyderabad State
Alma mater Osmania University
Occupation director, actor, producer, screenwriter
Awards International honors
National Film Awards
Nandi Awards

Bongu Narsing Rao (born 1946) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, littérateur, composer, producer, actor and painter known for his works in Telugu, parallel cinema, and Telugu theater.[1][2] He has garnered four National Film Awards, and several international honors, and has served as a jury in various Asian film festivals.[3][4] In 2015, he received the Life Time Achievement Award from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University.[5] In 2016, he received Standing Ovation Award for lifetime achievement at the All Lights India International Film Festival.[6][7]

Early life

He was born in Pragnapur, Medak in the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad state in a well to do agricultural family.[6] Rao is married and has two sons and two daughters.[7]

Film career

In 1980, he scripted Maa Bhoomi which was showcased at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and garnered special mention awards at Cairo and Sidney Film Festivals.[8] The film is listed among CNN-IBN's list of hundred greatest Indian films of all time.[9] In 1984, he directed Rangula Kala, which had special mention at International Film Festival of India and panorama section.[10] He directed, Daasi and Matti Manushulu which won the Diploma of Merit award at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1989 and 1991 respectively.[9]

Maa Ooru directed by him won the Media Wave Award at the Hungary International festival of visual arts, and the National Film Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film.[11][12] The film was premiered at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival - Mumbai in 1999. The Ekotopfilm - International Festival of Sustainable Development Films in 1995, Slovak Republic. The Brastislavia Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica in 1993, Viterbo, Italy. The first Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films in 1990 where the film won the Best Cinematography award.[13][14] The International premier at Munich Film Festival in 1989, Germany. The Indian panorama section of the International Film Festival of India.[13]

In 2003, he directed Hari Villu which was premiered at the 56th 2003 Cannes Film Festival in Critics' Week-Spotlight on India section.[15][16]

Non Feature Films

His documentaries in Telugu The Carnival (1984), The City (1985), Akriti- Rock formations (1989) have received special mention awards at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and were screened at the Rice University.[17] In 2003, he directed Hari Villu which was premiered at the 56th 2003 Cannes Film Festival in Critics' Week-Spotlight on India section.[15][16]

Filmography and awards

Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Awards and Honors
2003 Hari Villu Yes Yes 2003 Cannes Film Festival International Critics' Week
Screened at the Visva-Bharati University
1990 Matti Manushulu Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
Diploma of Merit award at Moscow Film Festival
1989 Aakriti Yes Yes Yes International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
1988 Daasi Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
Diploma of Merit award at Moscow Film Festival
1987 Maa Ooru Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film
Media Wave Award at the Hungary International festival of visual arts
Best Film International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
1985 The City Yes Yes Yes International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
1984 The Carnival Yes Yes Yes International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
1983 Rangula Kala Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
1980 Maa Bhoomi Yes Yes India's official entry at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Nandi Award for Best Screenplay Writer
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu

References

  1. ^ "Passion For Possession". Channel6 Magazine. 
  2. ^ "Meet the cultural icons of Telangana, India's newest state - Mission Telangana". 
  3. ^ "B.Narsing Rao - "The classic director"". reachouthyderabad.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "News Archives: The Hindu". hindu.com. 
  5. ^ "Award-winning B. Narasinga Rao brings quality to Telugu cinema : FILMS - India Today". 
  6. ^ a b Metro India (2016-09-28). "'Censorship curbing freedom of speech'". Metroindia.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  7. ^ a b ABN Telugu (7 January 2018). "Director B Narsing Rao About his Films - Open Heart With RK - ABN Telugu" – via YouTube. 
  8. ^ "The Hindu : Montage of emotions". hinduonnet.com. 
  9. ^ a b "100 Years of Indian Cinema: The 100 greatest Indian films of all time". IBNLive. 
  10. ^ "Lamakaan". lamakaan.com. 
  11. ^ "Narsing Rao's films regale Delhi" (Press release). webindia123.com. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  12. ^ "The Hindu : Metro Plus Hyderabad / Travel : Unsung moments". hindu.com. 
  13. ^ a b "Lamakaan". Lamakaan. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  14. ^ "About | Mumbai International Film Festival". Miff.in. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  15. ^ a b "The Hindu : Touching tale". hindu.com. 
  16. ^ a b http://rrtd.nic.in/Film%20Bulletin-Apl03.htm
  17. ^ Rao Trip - Express India
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