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International Short Film Festival on "His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya"
Narendra Ch | 19 Sep 2017

His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamy has initiated an ambitious "The Statue Of Equality Project" dedicating to the great icon of Equality, Sri Ramanujacharya Swamy.

"He created ripples in the society 1000 years ago with His revolutionary thoughts and brought the neglected on the same platform on par with the elite when the society was gripped with social evils of untouchability and class-based discrimination. He was the first one to bring the down-trodden into temples and give the "Ashtakshari Manthra" to the common man, denying all odds," Swamiji added.

This Rs 1000 crore project was conceptualized in the year 2014. The Statue of Equality will be constructed adjacent to JIVA Asramam in Sriramnagar, Samshabad, Hyderabad, India.

The Statue of Equality will be made of Pancha Loha (Combinations of 5 Metals). The statue will be surrounded by 108 Divya Desas which will be built in stone, rich with ornate architectural detailing. Audio guides in at least 5 languages including English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil etc will be provided to all visitors explaining the history of each of these temples. An educational gallery with state of art technology will be setup exhibiting the inspiring incidents from the life of Bhagavad Ramanujacharya.

A gold deity of Bhagavad Ramanujacharya weighing 120 kgs representing the number of years He lived in this world, will be installed in the Dhyana mandiram (meditation hall). An Omnimax theatre will be constructed to screen highly educational and culturally significant short movies about the secrets of the Universe as recorded in our Vedic scriptures. The entire site will be environment friendly, with highly sophisticated security features on par with international standards.

The Legacy of Sri Ramanujacharya A thousand years ago, in a society riddled with blatant casteist oppression, one man championed the cause of the downtrodden. One man single highhandedly heralded a cultural storm, bearing the touch of original Vedic knowledge One man opened the doors of the temples wide to the hitherto banned "untouchables". And today, millions come together to pay tribute to this one man, this one man, this saint nonpareil who paved the way for a modern, inclusive spiritual awakening.

Today, Sri Ramanujacharya Swamy is more than a holy name. He is a beacon of the equality and hope for the generations to come. International Short Film Festival In commemoration with great saint His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya, for towering his 216 feet panchaloha statue in Shamshabad, Hyderabad on Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Millennium Celebrations 1000 Years (1017-2017). As part of this, His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamy announced the details of International Short Film Festival on "His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya" organized by Jeeyar Integrated Vedic Academy (JIVA) in association with Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) & Savetemples.org, USA in a Press Meet held at New Delhi on 16/09/17.

The International Short Film Festival on 'His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya" to be held on 1st, 2nd & 3rd February 2018 at Prasad Labs, Hyderabad, Telangana and Prize distribution ceremony will be held on 4th February 2018 at Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamy Ashram, JIVA, Sriram Nagar, Shamshabad, Hyderabad-509217, Telangana, India.

The theme for the film festival is 'His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya", depicting the Glory and Greatness of Sri Ramanujacharya and also the reforms that he brought in the social life. The best Short Film will be given a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs rupees with "Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdhi Puraskaram", Second best Short Film gets Rs. 8 lakhs rupees and Third best Short Film will get Rs. 6 lakhs rupees.

Three additional Special commendation cash prizes of Rs. 1 lakh each will also be given away to selected Short Film makers. Apart from the prizes, winners will be honoured with Memento and Participation Certificate and every participant will get Appreciation certificate. Special Individual Commendations also will be presented in different individual categories like Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director etc., in selected short films. Selected Films list for Screening will be declared on 10th January, 2018 and Short Films selected by jury will be screened during Film Festival.

The basic rules and regulations for the film festival are - The duration of the Short Film should not exceed 8 minutes in duration. - The films prepared after 2015 are only eligible for the entry. An authorization letter should be enclosed along with the entry. - Those films which already got award in any other film festival should not be sent as entry for this film festival. - The Short film made in HD format (1920X1080) and properly edited should only be sent for this film festival. - Short Film can be made in any language but English subtitles are mandatory. - The film should be in MP4 format and two DVDs must be sent to us.

The English sub-titles are compulsory for all the entries. The film should precede with title, name of the director, the duration etc. You should mention that the DVD sent by you is the final cut. Entries can be sent to the below address before 1st December, 2017. GHHF & Savetemples.org H.No. 6-3-596/47/2, Sapthagiri Building, Sri Venkata Ramana Colony, Khairatabad, Hyderabad-500 004. India For more details and for Online Registration, please visit our website www.savetemples.org Renowned Ghazal Singer, Triple Guinness World Record Holder "Maestro" Dr. Ghazal Srinivas will be the Chairman of this International Short Film Festival.