Jahar Kanungo was born in 1946 in Chittagong. He has worked in theatre and still photography, as well as writing travelogues, short stories and children’s plays, published in leading Bengali literary journals. He has made documentaries and researched and photographed the tiger cult in the Sunderbans. In 1993, Kanungo founded his own company, Kanungo Media Pvt. Ltd. Reaching Silence is his first feature film. He is married to Lima Kanungo.
The film, Nisshabd has obtained many awards in various film festivals
- In 2005, Cinefan-Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema (Best Film in Indian Competition Award section)
- In 2005, Pusan International Film Festival (Nominated in New Currents Award section)
- In 2006, Vesoul Asian Film Festival (Special Mention in Emile Guimet Award section)
- In 2006, Vesoul Asian Film Festival (Nominated in Golden Wheel section) 
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