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New Delhi: `Harikatha Prasanga’(Chronicles of Hari) is a film by Ananya Kasaravalli about the life of a famous Yakshagana artist Hairschandra.The film will compete for the coveted Centenary Award for Best Debut Feature of a Director at the 47th IFFI. Under this section, 7 films including ‘Chronicles of Hari’ will compete to receive the prestigious Silver Peacock along with a certificate and cash prize of Rs10, 00,000.The film will be screened on November 24.
Harikatha Prasanga is a film set in a coastal town of southern India and narrates the story of a Yakshagana artist Hari who has gained extreme popularity portraying female roles. The story of Hari’s life unfolds through different perspectives captured in three episodes across four audio-visual interviews conducted by filmmakers Sharmila and Sundar, primarily interested in investigating and documenting his whereabouts.
‘Centenary Award for Best Debut Feature of a Director’ is a new initiative by the Directorate of Film Festivals to recognize and encourage the young talents across the world. Under this section, the other 6 competing films are ‘One Week and a Day’, ‘Rara’, ‘Tramontane’, ‘Two Birds, One Stone’, ‘Wolf and Sheep’ and ‘Wrath’, according to a PIB release.