Bhubaneswar, Dec. 13 -- Senior journalist from Odisha Jajati Karan has won the first prize in the third National Film Festival on Rural Development held in Hyderabad recently by the Government of India's National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR).

Karan received a cash award of Rs 30,000, a trophy and citation.

Among 90 shortlisted films selected for screening at the festival, Karan's eight-minute documentary film - 'Traditional Healers' was adjudged the best film in the 'social issues related to rural development' category.

Karan's film was based on Odisha Health department's initiative to take help of local traditional healers of Koraput and Malkangiri districts to spread health awareness programmes among the ...