A Bandipora based journalist and an enthusiastic television producer Aamir Rafiq Peerzada who filmed a documentary on Mount Everest dung the disastrous 2016 Nepal earthquake has won second RedInk award for the year 2017.
Aamir was honoured by Mumbai Press Club while announcing RedInk Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism, 2017.
30-year-old, Aamir Rafiq Peerzada a native of Bandipora village has won 2017 Red Ink Excellence in Journalism Award under Science and Innovation category. Earlier in 2016 Aamir won the same award under sports category for filming a documentary “Television Operation Everest- Summiteers to saviours Dangerous sports”. However Aamir got 2017 Red Ink award under science category for documentary film "Lighting the Himalayas” as a reporter and producer with NDTV.
"Lighting the Himalayas”, a documentary that follows the journey of 20 people from 13 countries who came together to electrify a remote 1800 years old “Phugtal Monastry " lacking proper electricity being a remote area. The group (20 people) with the help of Delhi based organisation has so far electrified over 30 remote villages in Ladakh region.
“I was making a documentary film on Saichen Climb when I came in contact with Phugtal Monastery through Paras Loomba founder of a Delhi based expedition organisation who was surveying some villages in Leh,” Aamir told Rising Kashmir over phone from Mumbai.
Aamir said that they on arrival in Delhi finalized the logistics about the work of electrifying the Monastery besides filming a documentary.
“We faced lot of problems and hardships to reach Phugtal Monastery while trekking 50 KMs while keeping pace with filming a documentary” Aamir said.
“All our knotty memories were washed when we witnessed Lamas dancing with happiness after watching LED bulbs shining in a monastery which had never witness any electricity so far. It was great moment of joy for us” Aamir told Rising Kashmir.
Aamir said that it is the conflict situation and injustice prevailing in Kashmir that makes him a storyteller.
“The tyranny I witness from child including enforced disappearances of uncle and killing of father turns me to the storytelling” Aamir told Rising Kashmir.
Born in Barzulla Panzigam village of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district, Aamir Rafique Peerzada did started his schooling from Model Public School Ongam, later in 2002 joined a boarding shool-Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Shahkote Uri where he made his mind to choose documentary filmmaking as a carrier form this school. Aamir graduated in science s subjects from Degree College Sopore in 2012 and later completed degree in Broadcast journalism from IndiaCan Chandigarh.
Aamir joined NDTV as intern in year 2013 where he started filming documentaries. Presently Aamir is producer in British Broadcasting News Service Delhi.
Aamir has credit of producing many documentaries on a range of themes including Health, Adventure, Science and innovation, sports and Defence.
Aamir had bagged the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award (2015) for on-the-spot Reporting category for his documentary ‘Operation Everest’. The award was felicitated by Prime Minister of India in November 2016.
Aamir’s ‘Operation Everest” won 7 National and International awards include Red Ink award 2016 besides Asian Television Award, Asia Pacific Award, Dada Saheb Phalke Best Documentary Jury Award, Canada International Film Festival Award.
Amir’s other documentary ‘The Unwanted’ was nominated in National Science Film Festival by Vigyan Prasar.