Talent can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places and Lipika Singh Darai who belongs to the Ho tribal community of Mayurbhanj has proved this fact with her spectacular work!In an impressive manner, Lipika has won four National Awards over a span of seven years, from which three have been for great Direction and the fourth for Best Audiography. It is Lipika’s never say die attitude which led her to make the best out of every opportunity.
Lipika does not necessarily follow the typical way of filmography, rather she focuses on issues and incidents which are close to her heart. She is quite connected to nature and this is what she tries to portray in most of her directions. Lipika, born in Baripada district of Odisha has attained her professional degree from the Film and Television Institute of India which exposed her to various genres of cinema!
Much recently, Lipika was a buzz on social media for being the proud recipient of the Best Director accolade for her short movie named The Waterfall, in the Best Educational Film Category at the 64th National Film Awards.
The Waterfall was shot within seven days around the beautiful setting of Khandadhar Waterfall of Odisha and in some nearby forests. This short film has also been selected to be screened in seven hundred schools across India and other countries.
Not just this movie, but Lipika’s other short films including Dragonfly and Snake (Kankee O Saapo), A Tree, A Man A Sea (Eka Gachha Eka Manisa Eka Samudra) and Gaarud are also exceptional which have received National Awards as well. Most of her short films capture the essence of rustic life and are mainly picturized in the treasures of nature. Lipika was also in the limelight for her powerful documentary entitled Some Stories Around Witches, which was based on specific disturbing case studies of witch-hunt victims.
She is currently working on directing a commercial feature film and plans to portray her work to International audience too.