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 by Directorate of Film Festivals
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded1985
Last awarded2018
Most recent winnerBunkar: The Last of The Varanasi Weavers
Highlights
Total awarded37
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).

Contents

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

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
YearFilm(s)Language(s)Producer(s)Director(s)CitationRefs.
1985
(33rd)
Warli PaintingEnglishB. R. ShendgeV. 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 IIEnglishK. 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 GodEnglishShilpabharati PublicityRanabir 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 ThoughtEnglishArun KhopkarArun Khopkar
For exceptionally beautiful portrayal of the work of three painters, with verve, and unpretentious, but excellent visuals.
[6]
Vaastu MarabuEnglishMin BimbangalBala Kailasam
For portraying the philosophy of traditional "Shilpi", transcending the physical form of the sculpture, exploring the collective unconscious of Indian sculptors.
1991
(39th)
SanchariEnglishArun KhopkarArun 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 RecluseHindiArvind SinhaArvind 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)
AnukampanHindiBalaka GhoshBalaka 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 TimeEnglishTopshotsSarbajit 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 CharitramuEnglishSaroj SatyanarayanSaroj Satyanarayan
For its innovative cinematic portrayal of three women musicians of Carnatic tradition.
[12]
1997
(45th)
The Official Art FormEnglish 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 PyneEnglish 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 ManipurEnglish 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 ArtistsHindiKuldeep Sinha for Films DivisionBrij 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 KeralaEnglishFilms Division Priya Krishnaswamy
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 MetamorphosesEnglishY. N. Engineer for Films DivisionNandkumar 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 KumarPraveen 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 JatraEnglishKailash BhuyanKapilas 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 ValliEnglishSankalp MeshramSankalp 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 GoshtiMarathiGouri PatwardhanGouri 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 EnglishHolybull 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 MccarthySandhya 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)
KapilaFilms 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 BoundariesTamilSiddhartha 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 TimeEnglish 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 UniverseEnglishShibu PrustyShibu 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.
2018
(66th)
Bunkar: The Last of The Varanasi Weavers  Narrative Pictures
 Sapna Sharma
Satyaprakash Upadhyay
For its rich, textured tapestry of the history, life, craft and art of the traditional Varanasi weaver, and their cultured dignity in the face of numerous challenges.

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