Museum opening hours: April 06–15, 2018

The Hermitage—Kumaun University

Nainital, Uttarakhand

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KISFF–2018 Kautik International Student Film Festival

Kamaun University in the year 2016 initiates a few unconventional courses; filmmaking is one among them. The film faculty comprises Rajesh Shah, a Mumbai-based cinematographer who has returned to his home in the hills to dedicate his time to teaching, along with his wife, National Film Award-winning docu filmmaker Shalini Shah. Before the end of the year, the duo along with their first batch of 14 students decide to host a tiny student film festival with the gracious backing of CEFM–The Hermitage, Kumaun University.

The inaugural edition is such a rousing success that the second edition, this year, is immensely scaled up: it runs for 10 days in all, includes a 5-day FTII-Pune film appreciation camp, is international and competitive, and features a Film Critics Circle of India citation.

Expanding further, the next edition is planned to be in association with major Indian short & docu film festivals, and film societies; and to include Audience Choice Awards, a hands-on film workshop, and a Docu & Short Fiction Film Market.

Participants are encouraged to interact with each other and experience unknown cultures, to interact with seniors from the film industry and open avenues for near-future professional endeavors, and to accept invaluable tips and techniques from them gathered through years of real-life filming experience.

The virgin, serene hills and lake of Naintal has long enticed peoples from far lands; distinguished Indian filmmakers and actors too. And street theater here is almost a natural art. It is hoped, therefore, fondly, that this festival would eventually be able to revive the rich folk heritage of Uttarakhand and turn Naintal into a major center for the discussion, exhibition, and preservation of world folk practices.

Namaste /Namaskaram Welcome To NAINITAL

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Serene Abode in the Hills

Famous for its lake, the Lord Hanuman temple, 'Hanumangarhi', the Pt. GB Pant High Altitude Zoo spread across 4.6 hectares, among other places. The Jim Corbett National Park too is nearby.

  • "By far the best site I have witnessed in the course of a 1,500 miles trek in the Himalayas".

    -P. Barron, Founder of the hill station town of Naini Tal, and constructor of its first European house, 'Pilgrim Lodge', way back in 1841.

  • Naintial Lake

    It used to be believed that one who bathes in it could attain divine powers. At one end of its banks stands the historical building of the Nainital Boat House Club.

  • Famous film folks associated with this place

    Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah, Danny Denzongpa, and Kabir Bedi did their education here.

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