Agra | 22 March 2012 | After the grand success of Drishti 2011, Antardrishti today announced the schedule of Drishti 2012 creative contest to be held in Agra for the promotion of eye donation. Like previous year entries are invited in four categories i.e. Short Film, Poster, Design and Audio Jingle on the theme of eye donation.

Agra will remain the capital of Antardrishti for its work for the promotion of eye donation and the final culmination of the contest will be held in the city with prize distribution ceremony and a two-day film festival. Shortlisted films and selected entries of other three creative contests will be showcased during the festival.  Besides film show and exhibition of creative contest entries other attractions of the festival would be performances and presentations by visually impaired students and artists across the country. Highlighing the acheivements of Drishti 2011, team member Deepti Pant said that this year participation is expected to be bigger than the previous year.

Festival will be held in the month of October, 2012 and exact date and schedule of the festival would be announced two months prior to the festival so that volunteers willing to participate from other parts of country can make their travel arrangements.

Last date of the submitting the entries in all four categories is 10th August, 2012. Any citizen of India irrespective of age can participate in the contest.  There is no entry fee for the contest. To provide a level play field only individuals are allowed to participate in the contest and entries from productions houses and organizations shall not be entertained.  A three member independent jury of noted professional and imminent citizens will screen all entries and decide Golden Eye and Silver Eye in all four categories. Forms and details of the contest is available on Drisht 2012 website

Drishti Yatra 2011 has already got a kick start from Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra with an overwhelming response and participation. In these Drishti Yatras short listed films of previous year’s film contest are being screened with presentation and other activities for the promotion of eye donation. Drishti Yatra 2011 will visit 13 major cities across India with similar programmes. Cities of current year Drishti Yatra include Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Luknow, Patna etc.  With the objective for the promotion of eye donation Drishti is seeking coordination with local eye banks and hospitals. In these Yatras so far 468 people have volunteered themselves for the eye donations and issued certificates.

While addressing the Press Conference Drishti 2012 team member and senior journalist Mr Prashant Tandon said that coming months will see further expansion of programmes for the promotion of eye donation and more active associations with like-minded volunteers and organizations. He told media persons that many such proposals have been received and are under active consideration keeping in view of large area of work to be done in this field.

Golden Eye winner Nivedtia Majumdar joins the team:

Mr Akhil Srivastava CEO of Antardrishti – a non profit organization behind Drishti 2012 announced inclusion of Nivedita Majumdar as the member of core team. Nivedita is the winner of Drishti 2011 Golden Eye award for her film “Ritu wants 2 C”. Welcoming Nivedita on board  Mr Srivastava said that Ms Majumdar will add new dimension to the work undertaken by us with her devotion to the cause and outstanding skills. Nivedita Majumdar -a film maker and classical dancer lives in Kolkata.       

Drishti 2011 was the first ever film and creative contest and festival on promotion of eye donation held in Agra on December 10 and 11, 2011 at St Johns College with an excellent participation by all sections of people of Agra.

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