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Tribute to Shri Ram Mohan (1931-2019), Father of Indian Animation.
Tribute to Shri Ram Mohan (1931-2019), Father of Indian Animation.

He was one of the leading lights of Indian animation, Shri Ram Mohan joined the Cartoon Unit at Films Division, Mumbai at a very young age. He trained under Claire H Weeks of Walt Disney Studios from 1956-1959. Between 1960 and 1967 he scripted, designed and animated many Films Division animation films, winning awards at home and abroad. In 1968 he headed Prasad Production’s animation division and in 1972, he established Ram Mohan Biographics. He made and was part of many landmark animation films including ‘Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama’ an Indo-Japan co-production. He has also trained many generations of Indian animators.

Shri Ram Mohan had also directed CFSI film ‘TARU’ a story of the relationship between man and tree. Their lifelong relationship is such that man takes whatever he want from the tree and the tree joyfully gives. Through a lively and touching narrative, the film conveys man’s exploitation of nature and its grim consequences – avoidable only if the environment is treated with care and concern.

He was also  mentor of “Krish,Trish and  Baltiboy” Krish, Trish and Baltiboy – the three lovable minstrels take you on a wonderful journey into the world of Indian folktales and folk music

Watch  film ‘TARU’

To celebrate ‘World Tourism Day’ on 27th September, 2019, CFSI film ‘Yatra’ (Hindi / 54 mins) directed by Rajendra Sharma was screened in association with various NGOs/Organisations in schools in Ahmednagar and Nashik districts of Maharashtra State and Centres of Bihar Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari at Gaya, Darbanga and Bhagalpur & at Remand Home in Dongri, Mumbai and the film was also virtually screened by EDUSAT Network, Haryana.

Brief synopsis of film – Yatra

It is a story based on The South Indian temples of Tanjore, Madurai and Rameshwaran are historical monuments and living documents of the nation’s rich historical, cultural and artistic past. Yatra is a travelogue that takes kids through these magnificent temples in an attempt to make them realize the rich culture and historic traditions of India.

More than 10 lakhs children enjoyed the film.

To commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, CFSI has celeberated “Swachchta Hi Seva” (SHS) 2019 – Plastic Waste Management campaign by screening of CFSI film “Pappu Ki Pugdandi in the following schools from 1st to 3rd October 2019.

  1. Katyayani Balika Ashram, Dr. Ambedkar Marg, New Delhi
  2. Flag Life Assembly of GOD, Children Home, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
  3. National Association for Blind, RK Puram, New Delhi
  4. Adharshila Welfare Centre, Giri Nagar, Kalkaji, New Delhi

During the screening 236 children were participated (96 Boys & 140 Girls) in 5 shows.

We have also invited expert who has given lecture to children that “How to keep our environment free from plastic waste” School authorities have appreciated Children’s Film Society, India efforts screening  for value based film on the occasion.

For the very first time, CFSI in association with Narayan Parshuram, Music Director of CFSI’s animation film ‘Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya’ organised a unique workshop on music for children at Remand Home, Dongri on 1st October, 2019. CFSI’s film ‘Pappu ki Pugdandi’ was screened after the workshop.

Mr. Parshuram explained various aspects of music to the children alongwith the meaning of song “Vaishnav Jan To” which is based on Mahatma Gandhji.

More than 190 children got the opportunity to learn about music through this workshop.

“फिट इंडिया का एक ही नारा, स्वच्छ भारत का है इरादा” spreading the awareness on Swachhta and Fitness, staff of CFSI actively participated in पदयात्रा from August Kranti Maidan to Mani Bhawan and back to CFSI office to commemorate 150th  Birth Anniversary of Gandhiji on 2nd October, 2019.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body

As a part of “Fit India Movement” campaign, CFSI has organized a rally by the children of Avvai Home – an orphanage at Adyar, Chennai. Benefits of physical activities and cleanliness were emphasized. About 50 children from the Home participated in the program.

Swachhta Hi Seva campaign was observed from 11.09.19 to 02.10.19. CFSI had arranged shows of its film “Pappu ki Pugdandi” in 37 schools of Chittoor. The film dramatically showcases how Non-Biodegradable waste can be recycled & reused in a creative way.

CFSI film ‘Chutkan Ki Mahabharat’ was screened at St. Jude India Childcare Centre, Cotton Green, Mumbai on 20th September, 2019 for children with cancer –  the  underprivileged children away from home for their treatment for cancer. 

More than 45 children enjoyed the show.

Synopsis of film – Chutkan Ki Mahabharat:

Chutkan lives with the family of his uncle who make him do all their work. His only escape is his imagination. Things go horribly wrong when Chutkan begins altering reality through his dreams. He changes the Mahabharata and the warring Kauravas and Pandavas now become friends. The drama folks bound by the spell of his dreams, are unable to recite their original lines. Chutkan then changes his bullying cousin into a donkey and few aggressive villagers into geese. When an exorcist is called to cure him, he dreams up the Pandavas to rescue him. They declare that the only Mahabharat that will be performed henceforth would be Chutkan’s Mahabharat in this Best Children’s Film National Award winning film that will delight everyone.

Children’s Film Society, India organised special screenings of CFSI films at National Society For Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped, India (NASEOH, INDIA).

NASEOH – Concept of creating an umbrella organization emerged as a result of conference held in 1968 on “Rehabilitation of the Differently-abled”, group of eminent professionals, Doctors, Social Workers came together to establish – National Society for Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped, a society with great vision to serve the cause of persons with disabilities’ issues like concerning the differently-abled in the area of Education, Vocational Training, Employment & advocacy with vision to promote equal opportunities, better social order, and economic justice.

With intention to bring lighter moments in the life of special children as well as to encourage them, CFSI organised special screening for special children of CFSI films viz. Maa..aa, Choo Lenge Akash and films made on ‘Cleanliness’ by Little Directors’.

Synopsis of film ‘Choo Lenge Akash’

Sonu, a hardworking student, is a leader among her circle of friends despite her handicap caused by a polio attack. She meets a wise, old nomadic shepherd (Parikshit Sahni) who instills in her mind the idea that every mountain is meant to be crossed. Hence, despite her handicap, she harbours a secret longing to climb a mountain. Once when the villagers accuse Gagan, the village prankster who is always at odds with Sonu, she proves his innocence. Moved by this act, Gagan asks what he can do to repay her. Sonu tells him of her secret desire and Gagan promises to help. But does Sonu have it in her to cross the mountain of her own disability?

To mark an important event in the life of Mahatma Gandhiji i.e. ‘Birth of Satyagraha’ on 11th September, 1906 in South Africa and to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, CFSI in association with various NGOs/Organisations screened ‘Abhi Kal Hi Ki Baat Hai’ alongwith short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ were screened on 11th September, 2019 in Maharashtra and Bihar States.

Also, shows were telecast virtually through EDUSAT Network, Haryana whereby schools students of Govt. schools in all districts of Haryana were benefitted.

Brief Synopsis of film ‘Abhi Kal Hi Ki Baat Hai’

Mahatma Gandhi is considered the father of the nation. His principles of justice, truth and non-violence left a lasting impression on the world. This film aims to inspire kids towards these principles by depicting the life of Gandhi through photographs and exquisite dolls.

More than 10 lakhs child audiences were benefitted.

On the occasion of commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji and to mark important event in the life of Mahatma Gandhiji i.e. 2nd Round Table Conference held on 7th September, 1931 in London, CFSI in association with various NGOs/Organisations screened ‘26th January’ alongwith short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ were screened on 7th September, 2019 in Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Thane, Akola, Patna and Gaya districts.

Shows were also organised through EDUSAT Network of Haryana State covering all districts in Haryana.

More than 10 lakhs children enjoyed watching the films.

Each year September 8th marks UNESCO’s International Literacy day, raising awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy.

CFSI in an effort to bring awareness on literacy, screened its film ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ directed by Virendra Saini in association with various NGOs in schools in Akola and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra, Centres of Bihar Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari at Patna and Gaya, and also the film was virtually screened by EDUSAT Network, Haryana.

A short animation film ‘Vaishnav Jan To’ based on principles of Mahtama Gandhiji and films made by children based on ‘Cleanliness’ were also screened.

Brief Synopsis of CFSI film ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’

Eight year old Robin has an extraordinary way with numbers. He uses his gift for calculation to help his village folks. His happy world is shattered when his uncle Joe and aunt Sheila, a sly couple aware of his mathematical genius, convince his innocent parents to send him to town for better education. The couple exploit him with live, ticketed shows where Robin solves complex mathematical problems…

13 shows were organised and more than 20 lakhs child audiences were benefited.