Films are reflection of people of any country : General V.K.Singh
INVC NEWS New Delhi, General V .K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs has said that Films were the reflection of people, art and culture of any country. Film Festivals were an important medium for people of different nations across the world to come together and express their imagination and learn from each other. In this context, the Minister said that BRICS Film Festival would play a significant role in bringing together the people of five nations to share their cinematic excellence and emotions. This film Festival was a major event in the run up to the BRICS summit to be held in October. The Minister stated this here today while inaugurating the 1st BRICS Film Festival at Siri Fort Auditorium. Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Additional Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Smt. Jayashree Mukherjee were also present on the occasion. Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore at the inaugural function said that films were one of the best medium of taking cultures across the border. The Film Festivals were a unique platform that bridges the cultural divide, develop cooperation and celebrate friendship amongst nations. He further added that BRICS Film Festival would provide an opportunity for film makers and technicians of the five member nations to share their experiences and learn from each other. Speaking about the enormous business potential that the film industry had, Col. Rathore said that BRICS group of nations which represented 43% of the world population provides a huge market for the film industries of the five nations. Projecting India as a filming destination, Col. Rathore said that India had already signed co-production agreements with two of the member states Brazil and China. Smt. Jayashree Mukherjee, Additional Secretary, Ministry of I&B said that the BRICS Film festival would commemorate and showcase the soft power of this group of nations through cinema, art and culture. She said that Movies were an effective medium to bridge nations and people. Minister of State for External Affairs, General V .K. Singh and Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore felicitated the renowned Indian film personality Shri Rishi Kapoor as well as the Film delegates from member nations. The inaugural function included the performance by participating countries showcasing their culture, art and the way of living. Brazilian band Beleza Pura performed timeless classic “The Girl from Ipanema”. Russia’s Leningrad Centre Theatre also gave a mesmerizing dance performance. Chinese delegation performed the famous Bian Lian Dance. The South African group gave a spectacular musical performance. Indian delegation gave a marvelous performance of Indian Classical dances led by Dr. Sonal Mansingh, an eminent Indian classical dancer, choreographer and a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan.