Himalayan Film Festival : A Significant Movement for Leh  (GS Paper I – Art and Culture )

Himalayan Film Festival : A Significant Movement for Leh  (GS Paper I – Art and Culture )

Context :

New Union Territory Laddk is going to host The himalayan Film Festival from 24 to 28 Sept . all the Himalayan states/UTs such as Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland related film makers  are eligible to participate in the contest. In this festivals Short-film (Fiction/Documentary) (Should be up to 15 minutes of duration),  Short-film (Promotional-I) (Should be up to 1 minute of duration), (Promotional-II) (Should be up to 5 minutes of duration) would be included Short-film

The film festival is being organised by the Government of Union Territory of Ladakh in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

  • Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of India,will be the chief guest.

  • This festival will be celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’,75 years of India’s Independence.

  • Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh is chief host this festival 

  • This festival will be along the views of  PM’s r ‘Janbhagidari’,

Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council

LAHDC-Leh consists a total of 30 seats among of which 4 are nominated and remaining elected 

It is a development district council and created the Autonomous Hill Development Council Act of 1995.

History of Laddakh

  • Leh (Ladakh) was known in the past by different names like Maryul or low land 

  • Fa-Hein who had arrived in India during the time of Chandragupta II also visited Laddakh referred to it as Kia-Chha 

  • Another Chinese traveler  Hiuen Tsang who visited India during the Period of Harshavardhana   He also visited Ladakh and named it as Ma-Lo-Pho.

Objective of this film festival 

The aim of this festival is to recognize local talent in short and documentary film-making. Apart from this through this festival, the government wants to  provide opportunities for the local film-making community of the Himalayas to connect with the mainstream film making industry through networking and collaborative projects. This festival definitely will Provide an opportunity to explore the works and perspectives of other filmmakers which would encourage the local investors in short films also . Though these types of festivals audience for the work of filmmakers would be created 

V.these types of festivals will also be helpful  to develop the skill of film-making using minimal/efficient resources as well as Locating young and fresh talent in film-making in the Himalayan region of India.

Besides, the most important object of such types of festivals is to promote Centre-staging the filmmaking process and incentivizing local talent to pursue a career in filmmaking.


Infact ,Nowadays our government is continuously focusing on the promotion of Indian cultures, mainly the cultural heritage of those regions which are marginalised. Through this government can ensure their emotional attachment towards the nation as well as the participation of the local people in the process of nation building .

After independence it has been observed that Ladakh has been treated with descrimination because of Art 370 . After the removal of art 370, Ladakh has become Union territory and the government is now promoting Ladakh culture with other marginalised cultures (cultures of Himalayan states). Film , Artworks , Music, these are the tools to connect us culturally . 


Dr Anshul Bajpai 

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