NAME: Manju Kumar Shrestha
DATE OF BIRTH: January 1st, 1950
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kathmandu, Nepal.
ADDRESS: 835/13 Dillibazar St., Ward# 32, Kathmandu, Nepal
FATHER’S NAME: Amrit Man Shrestha
OCCUPATION: Film Making, Cinematography
20 Years of service at Royal Nepal Film Corporation as a
Cinematographer. Worked in many News films, Feature films, and Documentary films.
NEWS FILM EXPERIENCE: Worked in number of News film including 1st SAARC Summit held in Bangladesh and 4th SAARC Summit held in Kathmandu.
FEATURE FILM EXPERIENCE: “JEEVAN REKHA” was the first independent work as a cinematographer. He was associated in very first project of ROYAL NEPAL FILM CORPORATION, “MAN KO BAANDH”. In private sector, worked in about 60-70 feature films as a cinematographer.
DOCUMENTARY FILM EXPERIENCE: “SCARCITY IN PLANTY’, a documentary film sponsored by UNITED NATION. A documentary film made by Finland. A documentary film made by ‘MINECHI BROADCASTING COMPANY’. And he was involved as a Cinematographer in many documentary films during a service in ROYAL NEPAL FILM CORPORATION. Now I am an independent film maker. I have experience in four feature film and several documentaries and advertisement films as a producer, director and cinematographer.
AWARDS: Best cinematographer award given by Nepal Motion Picture Association.
Best cinematographer award by Abhiyan.
Best appreciation award by R.N.F.C.
Best honor by Priya Magazine. Best honor by Nepal Motion Picture Association.
Best honor by Sayapatri Films. Best honor by Ministry of Sports and Culture.
Medals honored from Egypt, Germany, and Thailand etc.
FOREIGN VISITS: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, UAE, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Austria, USA.
SPORTS: Football, Athletics, and Gymnastics.
SOCIAL WORK: 500 School girls have been trained in photography, free of cost on his own initiative. STARTED FROM 2004, now working on photo revolution program ” Women in Photography” (www.mkphotorevolution.org.uk)
“Women in Photography”:
A training program designed for school girls and encouragement of women in photography. This new concept program will definitely be a success looking at the increasing of mass student participation. The main objective of this new program is not only to educate the technical know how of photography but including health awareness, conservation awareness , society development and women welfare etc. by taking photographs themselves and exhibiting story telling photos in the school. Now in every society, photography is an essential part of human life. But, in Nepal it is not in practice. So, this program helps to literate by skill of photography and gives the message to the mass in an entertaining way. This program will conduct student to be self-independent and aware both side by side. Apart of giving photography skill there is another powerful medium, making documentaries and feature films to convey the message which we want to, so this is also a part of photography skill.
Manju Kumar says, “We can easily attract the mass to convey the important message, by the means of showing this entertainment media. I’m sure this program will provide support to many social welfare organizations to some extent. In this way, photographic revolution will begin through this program with a new concept.”
Some clips on his recent project:
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