Bongu Narsing Rao (born 1946) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, littérateur, composer, poet, producer, actor and painter known for his works in Telugu cinema, and Telugu theater.[1][2] Rao has garnered five National Film Awards,[3] various international honors, and has served as a jury in various Asian film festivals.[4][5][6] He directed, Daasi "(Bonded Woman)" and Matti Manushulu "(Mud People)" which won the Diploma of Merit award at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1989 and 1991 respectively.[7]

B. Narsing Rao
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Born1946 (age 73–74)
Alma materOsmania University
Occupationdirector, actor, producer, screenwriter
AwardsInternational honors
National Film Awards
Nandi Awards

Internationally, Daasi was screened at the 1989 Filmfest München, 1990 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Three Continents Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 1991 Museum of Modern Art; 1994, Bergamo Film Meeting; 1994 Dublin International Film Festival; 1997 National Centre for the Performing Arts (India); and Filmotsav 90' Kolkata.[8][9]

1987 film Maa Ooru ("Our Village") directed by him won the "Media Wave Award" at the Hungary International festival of visual arts, as well as the National Film Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film.[10][11] Maa Ooru was premiered at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival - Mumbai in 1999. The Ekotopfilm - International Festival of Sustainable Development Films in 1995, Slovak Republic. The Brastislavia Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica in 1993, Viterbo, Italy. The first Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films in 1990 where the film won the Best Cinematography award.[12][13] The International premier at Filmfest München in 1989, Germany. The Indian panorama section of the IFFI.[12][14][15]

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Pragnapur, Medak in the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad state in a well to do agricultural family.[16] Rao is married and has three sons and one daughter.[17]

MainstreamEdit

In 1979, he scripted, and produced Maa Bhoomi, which was India's official entry in the "Opera Primo" section at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival of June-July 1980, and the Cork Film Festival, October 1980,[18] the Cairo and Sidney Film Festivals 1980.[19][20] The film was showcased at theIndian Panorama of the 1980 International Film Festival of India.[21] Maa Bhoomi won the state Nandi Award for Best Feature Film, and the Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu). It is featured among CNN-IBN's list of hundred greatest Indian films of all time.[22] In 1984, he directed Rangula Kala, ("Colorful Dream") which had special mention at International Film Festival of India and panorama section.[23]

Non Feature FilmsEdit

His documentaries in Telugu The Carnival (1984), The City (1985), Akriti- Rock formations (1989) have received special mention awards at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and were screened at the Rice University. Akriti received the National Film Award – Special Jury Award (non-feature film) "For experimentation with forms of boulders of various shapes and textures, brilliantly visualized by Apurba Kishore Bir with the evocative music of Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia." as cited by the jury.[24] In 2003, he directed Hari Villu screened at the 56th Cannes.[14][15]

HonorsEdit

In 2015, he received the Life Time Achievement Award from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University.[25] In 2016, he received Standing Ovation Award for lifetime achievement at the All Lights India International Film Festival.[16][17]

Filmography and awardsEdit

Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Awards and Honors
2003 Hari Villu Yes Yes 2003 Cannes
Visva-Bharati University
1990 Matti Manushulu Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
Diploma of Merit award at Moscow Film Festival
1989 Aakriti Yes Yes Yes International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
National Film Award – Special Jury Award (non-feature film)
1988 Daasi Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
Diploma of Merit award at Moscow Film Festival
1987 Maa Ooru Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film
Media Wave Award at the Hungary International festival of visual arts
Best Film International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
1985 The City Yes Yes Yes International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
1984 The Carnival Yes Yes Yes International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
1983 Rangula Kala Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
1980 Maa Bhoomi Yes Yes India's official entry at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Nandi Award for Best Screenplay Writer
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu

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