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Veteran actress Nandita Das becomes a Jury Member for UNESCO's Madanjeet Singh Prize 2018

by Unik Dhandhi, Tuesday, July 31, 2018

One of the leading figures in Indian cinema, Nandita Das is among the jury members of the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize. This prize is awarded for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.

Nandita Das starrer ‘Manto’ will release on 13th May 2018

Veteran actress Nandita who is currently waiting for the release of her upcoming movie Manto, says that it was rejuvenating to get invited in a meaningful initiative. Pitaah actress said: "Having been on many film juries, right from 2005 when I was on the main jury at the Cannes Film Festival, I have always enjoyed the deliberation process. One gets to know different perspectives that reflect different experiences and contexts."

As far the award is concerned, Madanjeet Singh Prize is awarded to an individual for a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace. The Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer and diplomat.

This was the second time when Nandita was on a jury for a social impact initiative. Nandita added: "One gets to meet and read about people who are doing incredible work around the world. It's a good distraction between our own indulgences. Having been caught up with Manto, it was actually refreshing and brought back a certain sense of hope. Opportunities like this allow one to feel connected to a larger community of people, all of whom are seeking ways to make the world around them more liveable."

The jury appointed by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay also included Nadia Bernoussi, a celebrated academic and legal expert from Morocco, and Abdoulaye Konate, a prominent artist and cultural voice in Mali.

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