The 03-day film festival is being held for the first time in Varanasi
It will give opportunity to the world to have a closer look at the cultural heritage of Kashi: Dr Neelkanth Tiwari
Kailash Kher entralled the crowd with his voice
Film city in UP will be a milestone: Raju Srivastava
Delhi, Dec 28
Known for its rich traditions and culture for centuries, a new chapter is set to be scripted in Kashi this week as a three-day Kashi Film Festival began here on Monday evening.
The festival will not only show glimpses of Hindustani classical music and dance but will also refresh the memories of famous philosopher poets, writers, musicians and the Banaras Gharana.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the UP Minister of State for Tourism, Culture, Charitable Affairs, Protocol Dr Neelkanth Tiwari said that through this festival people will come to know the culture of this wonderful city more closely.
He said after dedicating the rejuvenated Kashi Vishwanath Dham, the Prime Minister showed his affection towards the Kashi. It was one of his many endeavours like abrogation of Article 370, women empowerment, health facilities and various schemes for poor. He said such festivals will further showcase the cultural heritage of Varanasi.
Famous stand-up comedian and Raju Srivastava said that the proposed film city would be a milestone for new and old talents like him. Later, he tickled the ribs of the public at Sampoornanand stadium in a live performance while noted singer Kailash Kher mesmerized the audience with his songs.
Dream Girl Hema Malini’s performances will also make the do memorable. It is for the first time that such a Film Festival is being organized in the city of Lord Shiva. The festival is being organised in collaboration with Film Bandhu, the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the Government of India.
The presentation of Manoj Joshi at the International Cooperation and Convention Center in Varanasi was also a centre of attraction.
Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, will be the chief guest of the Kashi Film Festival on December 28 in Varanasi. During this, a panel discussion will be organized from 10:30 am to 12 noon on the topic “Varanasi – Journey from a Cultural, Mythological and Historical Heritage to a Modern City”. The topic of discussion of the second panel will be on ‘Music and Geet – Virasat of Banaras’ with timings from 12:30 PM to 02 PM.
Subsidies will also be distributed along with the closing ceremony at 04 pm. On Thursday evening famous film star Hema Malini will enthrall the audience with her cultural presentation. This program will be held at the International Cooperation and Convention Center in Varanasi itself.
A panel discussion will be held on December 29 on the topic “Uttar Pradesh as an important centre for film production and the potential of regional cinema”. And the evening will mark the closure of the first-ever film festival in Kashi with an offering by singer Ravi Tripathi and actor Ravi Kishan.