Film Fete to open with A R Rehman show

| 18 November 2004 23:36 IST

The 35th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa – first event of its kind for the State - will open on 29th November 2004 with a gala show of music and dance, two of the most important elements of Indian cinema.

Presenting Indian music in all its grandeur will be A. R. Rahman, whose music has transcended Indian boundaries and has become a rage worldwide. The Chief Guest for the opening ceremony will be the film star and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Dilip Kumar.

Renowned film producer and director Subhash Ghai will present A. R. Rahman at the opening ceremony of IFFI, which will be held at the beautiful Dinanath Mangeskar Hall of the Kala Academy – Goa, the venue of the International Film Festival of India.

Rahman, accompanied by a full orchestra consisting of about 60 musicians, will present live his latest compositions from Kisna, a film by Subhash Ghai. The Music of Kisna, composed by Rahman and Ismail Durbar will be heard for the first time at this rendition.

Also performing live on the occasion will be the famous danseuse Isha Sharvani, who will present her amazing rope dance. Isha is the talented daughter of Kerala based celebrity dancer Daksha Seth and has already performed in over 22 countries. Isha is also the heroine in Subhash Ghai’s film Kisna.

The show will be presented in front of a thousand celebrities from the world of performing arts, culture, film, music industry and media.

The festival, being organized jointly by the Directorate of Film Festival and Entertainment Society of Goa, is a major initiative of the Directorate to present cinema in all its colours, sounds and splendors for the world to appreciate.

The show will be telecast live on Doordarshan and will be covered by the international and national media.

The Festival oeuvre will be followed by the screening of the opening film Vanity Fair by Mira Nair, who will attend the festival and present her film.

The International Film Festival of India is the most important showcase of Indian cinema to the World. Indian cinema has come of age and is being recognised globally as a potent audio-visual force.

The shift of the venue of the International Film Festival of India to Goa is intended to increase the global interest in Indian cinema attracting more film critics and film enthusiasts to a place with warm and lovely climate, beautiful beaches and an international culture.

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