The Founders

SHAH ALAM
Festival Founder & Director
Dr. Shah Alam Rana is an alumnus of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Ayodhya and Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi. He is a passionate journalist and Activist for more than two decades and he marched on foot for communal harmony from Chitrakoot to Ayodhya in 2002, from Menhdiganj to Sinhchar  in 2004. Besides these marches, In 2005 he also walked for the Indo-Pak Peace from Delhi to Multan and from Kannauj to Ayodhya. and later in the Kabir Peace Harmony Campaign he marched from Ayodhya to Maghar in 2007 and from Kosi to Ganga in 2009. 

In 2003-04, Dr. Shah Alam Rana completed research work for a documentary film 'Shakti-Punj' with Mr. Ashok Jatin. In 2005 he initiated a 15 days campaign namely “Ghoos ko Ghoosa '' under the Right to Information Act. In 2006, he launched a musical video named  'Virasat’ which became very popular and was released by Mohan Singh (Member of Parliament), Sandeep Dixit and Medha Patekar including former Inspector General and activist S R Darapuri. 

In the year 2006, started a campaign  named 'Awam ka Cinema' in which the regions/districts of Mau, Azamgarh, Barhaj, Chauri- Chaura, Kaithi, Auraiya, Etawah, Ayodhya were included. Later, the event extended to Bijnor, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kargil. During the year 2009, he made the documentary ‘Rising from the ashes’, which gained popularity and was based upon the life of Sharif chacha. Later, the Government of India awarded him with a Padmashri.   

Dr. Shah Alam also campaigned for the formation of a Chambal regiment in the Indian Army in 2009-10, which has been passed by the Defence Committee of Parliament. In the year 2012 with the efforts of the PCI, the commission was formed for the communal reporting of the media. In addition, he also initiated the campaign of establishing Chambal University on 09th August 2015. 

Focusing the year 2016, Dr. Shah Alam did many extraordinary tasks such as he traveled more than 2800 kms on his bicycle to understand and solve the problems faced by the residents of Chambal Valley. On the completion of 70 years of Independence and ‘Chambal Parliament' he dedicated a drive of 2338 kms which was named 'Azadi ki dagar pe paon'. 

Dr. Rana worked as an executive producer for the first feature film ‘Excreta’ based on manual scavenging, which was selected in the FBR section of NFDC.  He acted in a non-hindi film made on the previous life of Gautam Buddha. He has his major contribution as an author of Matrivedi (Bagiyon ki Amargatha), Beehad mein Cycle, Chambal Manifesto, Azadi ki Dagar pe Paanv, Commander in chief Gendalal Dixit, Bandukon ka Patjhar, Corona Karawas mein Yuva Sangharsh.

He is the founder of K Asif Chambal International Film Festival, Chauri-Chaura International Film Festival, Chambal Literary Festival, Chambal Museum, Panchnad Deep Parv, Chambal Heritage Walk, Chambal Marathon, Chambal Kathal Festival, Chambal Cricket League, National Chambal Shooting Championship, Chambal Arms Wrestling Championship, Commander Arjun Singh Bhadauria Smriti Samaroh, Mahua Dabar Janvidroh Divas Samaroh, Chambal Vidyapeeth, Chambal Tourism, Chambal Dangal and Chambal Bird Festival. In 2018, National Broadcasting service of Doordarshan aired a special interview of Dr Shah Alam for the 'Good Evening India' program.  In 2021, He also observed a fast unto death with a 6 point demand for Commander Gendalal Dixit.  

In 2012, Dr. Shah received honor from Rajyasabha Chairman and in 2021 by Hon'ble Governor. In 2022, International Open University of Humanity and Health Science and Peace, California felicitated him with Honorary D. Lit. for his efforts towards society.


PROF. DR. MOHAN DAS
Chairman, Festival Jury & Director
Award winning Writer, Director, Prof. Dr. Mohan Das apart from film making has successfully conducted the Lakecity International Film Festival, Gwalior over the years and has now widened his horizons by taking the concept of film festivals to various cities across India and the globe. With Lakecity being a yearly event well entrenched on to the scene, he is all set to promote Indian Cinema, Art and Culture onto a global platform by joining hands and collaborating with a multitude of film festivals in many countries or offering support to a host of upcoming festivals across the world. Ayodhya International Film Festival which is now in its 13th edition is an offshoot of the same idea that aims at bringing the science, art and emotion through world cinema to the people of Ayodhya and Uttar Pradesh.

Offering a premier showcase opportunity for talented film makers and artists, celebrates avante garde cinema, felicitates masters and achievers from all walks of life, the aim of K Asif Chambal International Film Festival is to bring countries closer by building bridges to enable cross cultural exchanges, social understanding and creative ideation - Dr. Mohan Das is working tirelessly to bring films to new audiences across Eon Films through programme of screenings, working with partner organisations and of course, looking forward to deliver a great festival.

He has run short film competitions and workshops, organised screenings for international feature films, and is also working as the festival consultant for feature films. With so much of experience to gather, it was natural for him to be invited on many a film festival as jury including LHIFF Barcelona Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain), Coal City Film Festival  (Nigeria), Frames Film Festival (Mumbai), Nilofer-e-Aabi International Film Festival (Mumbai), Aahan International Short Film Festival (Mumbai), Kala Samruddhi International Film Festival (Mumbai), Cotton City International Film Festival (Akola), Sand Dunes International Short Film Festival (Bikaner), Acharya Tulsi Short Film Festival (Bikaner), Cortokino International Film Festival (Mumbai) and others.


DR. KESIRAJU SRINIVAS (GHAZAL)
Festival Advisor

Triple Guinness Records Holder consecutively for the years 2008, 2009 & 2010, Dr. Kesiraju Srinivas or the famed Ghazal Srinivas as he’s addressed is the only Ghazal singer who has sung in 125 Global Languages for which he was conferred with the Guinness World Records titles. Apart from his ghazal singing, he is also a versatile actor and has played a lead role in the Telugu film ‘Vichitram’ directed by Sri Jandhyala, following which, he has also performed a special role in the super hit Telugu film ‘A Film by Arrvind’ directed by Sekhar Suri. He is the major support and pillar of the festival and heads the Festival Committee as Chairman.



MUKESH VERMA
Festival Advisor
नाटककार, निर्देशक और पत्रकार
लखनऊ मुकेश वर्मा ज्वलंत विषयों एवं सामाजिक मुद्दों को मंच पर लाने वाले देश के चर्चित नाटककार और निर्देशक युवा रंगनिर्देशक पेशे से पत्रकार ( संपादक भाषा संवाद ) है.आप ज्वलंत विषय को मंच के माध्यम से जन मुद्दों की आवाज बन चुके है मुकेश वर्मा ने रंगमंच में कई स्थापित मानक तोड़े और कई मानक स्थापित किये , विगत कई वर्षो से सक्रिय बतौर नाटककार एवं नाट्य निर्देशक मुकेश वर्मा ने कई मूल नाटक लिखे एवं उनका मंचन देश भर में मंचन किया और नई प्रतिभाओं को मौका दिया साथ ही प्रतिभाओं को अवसर देने के लिए सत्यपथ स्थापना की जिसका उद्देश्य रंगमंच को बढ़ावा मिल सके। उसी मंशा के चलते सदैव नए नाटक मंचित किये जिसमे से कुछ नाटक अपने विषय को लेकर चर्चा में रहे भ्रस्टाचार पर चोट करता नाटक 'माई सैंडिल '2011 में तात्कालीन सरकार ने उसकी विषय वस्तु को लेकर उस पर रोक लगा दी थी। इसी तरह रंगकर्मियो की समस्याओं पर आधारित 'अन्ना मेरा बाप' था नाटक मंचन के बाद प्रेक्षागृह के हालात बदले और उसमे सुधार हुआ। 'अयोध्या में रावण, 'सत्याग्रह 2' गंगा व्यथा नाटक प्रदूषित होती गंगा के था जिसके मंचन लगातार हुए। भ्रूण हत्या के विरुद्ध'चुनमुन की अदालत 'आधारित था वही अन्य नाटकरैगिंग ,'भूंख' ,'हड़ताल' ,दामिनी हत्या कांड पर आधारित 'दामिनी अब कुछ शेष नही' आज़ादी तुझे सलाम, तीन चाय, हे ! ट्रम्प ,'सिंघासन मेरे बाप का, 'कचरा हाउस'मदर इंडिया कस्तूरबा,बंद खिड़की ,चिल्लर, जेल, ग्रेट सुदामा,गाथा,मधुशाला (नाट्य रूपांतरण ) एक थी पारुल ( कहानी मंचन ) मिसेज श्रीकांत,यशोदाबेन, बन्नो, वह मर्दानी, इन्द्राणी ,मथुरा ,सोनम जी बेवफा जैसे नाटक देश के विभिन्न स्थानों पर मंचित किए साथ पुलिस और जनता को जोड़ते मुद्दे पर आधारित नाटक चौकी नंबर 100, चुप्पी तोड़ खुलकर बोल 1090 जो अब इसका स्लोगन बना हुआ है आपको कई सम्मान से अलंकृत किया गया जिसमें " यूथ आइकन 2012, अवध रत्न , नाट्य श्री, सलाम लखनऊ, कौमी एकता, लखनऊ महोत्सव नाट्य समिति द्वारा पंडित आनंद मिश्र अवार्ड , अदाकार- -अवध , पैगाम 2014, रंगमंच में योगदान के लिए भरत श्री ,साथ ही देश में होने वाली नाट्य मंचन प्रतियोगिताओं में राष्ट्रीय अंत्तर्राष्ट्रीय प्रतियोगिताओं में भाग लेते हुए कई अवार्ड जीते और शहर प्रदेश का नाम रौशन किया नाटक के साथ अपने तमाम लघु फिल्मे,लिखी एवं निर्देशित की आपके द्वारा लिखी गयी फिल्म तलब बनी जिसको उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार द्वारा सब्सिडी प्रदान की गयी।और इसी कड़ी में अब अपनी धरोहर से परिचय कराने के लिए आपने राष्ट्रीय एकता की परिचायक वीरांगना 'बेगम हज़रत ' (लाईट और साउंड ) के मंचन की तैयारी है जिसका उद्देश्य उनसे जुड़ी संस्कृति से भावी पीढ़ी को परिचय कराया जा सके , हमे विश्वास है यह मंचन एक संस्कृति से दूसरी संस्कृति को जोड़ने के लिए एक नया अध्याय साबित होगा।