VoW felicitates veteran film-maker JP Dutta
Dateline New Delhi:The fifth Edition of the Valley of Words, International Literature and Art festival was flagged off from USI, New Delhi. The two day event saw a marathon of sessions that were tailored around the 1971 War of Bangladesh, a war that reshaped the sub-continent.
A galaxy of panelists and speakers included war veterans such as Gen Ian Cardozo, Col Sajjad Ali, Lt Gen PJS Pannu, Lt Gen Prakash Menon, Lt Gen AK Ahluwalia, AVM Manmohan Bahadur and many more. Distinguished authors such as Probal DasGupta; Maroof Raza, Shiv Kunal Verma, VK Gaur took part in discussions around their books themed on the same subject and also friends from the media Sir Mark Tully; Sandeep Unnithan and Vishnu Shankar.
The Valley of Words team also felicitated Producer, Director and Film-maker, Shri JP Dutta for his sterling contribution to the world of cinema at the Military History and Strategy vertical where he was presented with a marigold lapel and a scroll by legendary General Ian Cardozo in the presence of Lt General PJS Pannu.
The ‘Marigold flower or gendaa, holds a special reverence in the armed forces as a Flower of Remembrance. Talking about JP Dutta’s contribution for beautifully weaving the Fauj onto the celluloid screen, CDS Bipin Rawat who gave the valedictory speech on the concluding day said, “JP Dutta saheb is an icon in the way he has been projecting wars through media and the films he has made.”
JP Dutta’s cinematic block-busters like Paltan, Border, LOC Kargil, has inspired a whole generation of Indians to appreciate and celebrate the contribution of valiant sentinels. Festival Director, Dr. Sanjeev Chopra, further added, “JP Dutta has infused patriotic spirit in Indian youth and brought the sacrifices of soldiers in the 1971 War to the forefront of our cultural imagination.”
Humbled by the gesture, JP Dutta who turned 72 on the 3rd of October said, “Emotions bring history and I transformed emotions into a small tribute to the Indian Army through Border.” He further added, “The Indian Army has not only the arms and ammunition but also character as it’s strength.”