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JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Hemant Kumar Sharma, who is also the Chairman of Indian Red Cross Society, Jammu Region today handed over a new Alto car to Ms. Ronak, D/o Sanjay Ganjoo, student of Shiksha Niketan Higher Secondary School being the 1st prize winner of Red Cross Raffle Draw Ticket which held on 18th February, 2018 at Gulshan Ground, Jammu. The Divisional Commissioner congratulated  the winner  and her family.  Dinesh Gupta, Honorary Secretary, Regional Red Cross, Surinder Mahajan, Neeraj Anand and Vikram Gujral Members of Executive Committee of Red Cross Society were also present on the occasion.

 

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  • Goal of WLISFF is to encourage cultural Diversity: Majid Imtiyaz

SRINAGAR: In a great news for art, film and culture lovers of Kashmir the second edition of Wular Lake International Short Film Festival begins at Baramulla from April 26 to April 28. Pertinently, 600 Submissions have been received from 57 countries from around the globe. It is worth mentioning that finally 60 shortfilms & documentaries were selected for final screening and a different section for Local [Kashmiri] Films. Importantly , Main genres entertained during the selection process are films related to Women empowerment, Children Films, Social issues, Human rights, Mankind & Nature. Apart from films, a Photography & Screenplay section as well has been included.

 

 The festival will be held for 3 consecutive [26th, 27th & 28th] days in the month of April, 2018 at Auditorium of Government Degree College Baramulla. A workshop on Film-making & writing will be organized on the last day of festival. The workshop will be open for all Students, Film buffs & cinema lovers.

The Jury Panel of WLISFF are Professionals from passed out from FTII [Film & Television Institute of India].International Film professional Members are also in Jury Panel.  Organizers will be accompanied by various media professionals & artists during the screenings. Those who have also invited Mr. Mushtaq Kak [Renowned theater artist & director], Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor [chairperson for State Commission of Women], Mr. Mushtaq Ali Khan [Director KWFF & Actor's creative theater], Mr Nasir Ahmad Naqash [D.C Baramulla], Mr Imtiyaz Hussein [S.S.P Baramulla] besidesalso have Media professionals & International delegates & Filmmakers as well who will share their experiences to the audience and other guests.

The festival is open for all with absolutely no entry fee. Majid Imtiyaz, Director and Founder of Wular Festival states -" The goal of WLISFF is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to discover & encourage fresh talent in our state where people especially artists have been deprived of cinema & theaters.' This Festival will be a good chance for Film Buffs to expand their networking & to learn fresh ideas & techniques from the Industry experts."

WLISFF is supported by Darbhanga International Film Festival, Darbhanga Film Club, NEZ International Film Festival, FilmFreeway & Festhome.

MEDIA PARTNERS of the reputed festival are : BWJA (Baramulla Working Journalists Association) ETV URDU GULISTAN NEWS
KASHMIR CROWN THE DAILY AASMAN KASHMIR NEWS BUREAU KASHMIR DISPATCH
KASHMIR GLORY
THE KASHMIR MONITOR
KASHMIR NEWS SERVICE
KASHMIR READER
TAMIL-E-IRSHAD
THE VARMUL POST
THE SREE TIMES
THE MIRROR OF KASHMIR
THE KASHMIR SCENARIO
PANNUN FM DIGITAL MEDIA
FESTIVAL PARTNERS
DARBHANGA FILM CLUB
DARBHANGA FILM FESTIVAL
NEZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SUPPORTING PARTNERS
THE MASHQ
WAR KITAB GHAR
BSL ENTERPRISES
IQRA CONSTRUCTIONS
J&K PEOPLE’S EDUCATIONAL TRUST
FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT
FILMFREEWAY (NEW YORK)
FESTHOME
IAMAFILM (GULF)
PRESENTED BY
KRACK PRODUCTIONS
G.D.C BARAMULLA

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  • ‘Chanakya’ staged on inaugural day of 8th Theatre Olympics in Jammu

JAMMU: Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar today inaugurated 11-day long 8th Theatre Olympics at Abhinav Theatre here. The Jammu chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is being organized by National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India with the support of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.

 

Eminent theatre personality M K Raina was the guest of honor on the occasion while as senior faculty member, National School of Drama Abdul Latif Khatana, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Dr Aziz Hajini, Additional Secretary JKAACL Arvinder Amn and other theatre personalities were present in the inaugural function of Theatre Olympics in the winter capital of the state.

Saying that Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed strong theatre tradition right from the beginning, the Minister said that people like M K Raina has been instrumental in revival of theatre in the Kashmir for the last two decades. He carried out theatre workshops in Kashmir and brought the children out of the state of fear as the region was witnessing tough time due to disturbed situation.

The Minister further said that the eminent theaterist M K Raina has not only brought back the glorious tradition of ‘Bhand Pather’ in Kashmir but also taken it to the global level. Mr Raina started an alternate movement in Kashmir silently from whatever else was happening in the valley which is an investment for another 100 years to come, Naeem added. Stressing on the need to go back to the roots, the Minister urged the internet savvy youth to develop interest in books, scriptures, music, and Theatre and develop man to man contact for better understanding of human values.

 

Enlisting the steps taken by the government for promotion of Theatre in the state, the Minister said that Abhinav Theatre in Jammu and Tagore Hall in Srinagar were made operational after a gap of many years. Techer’s Bhawan at Gandhinagar and Auditorium at Bemina in Srinagar have also been constructed to facilitate the art lovers. Writers Club in Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Centre would come up in the state soon, he added.

On the inaugural day, the internationally acclaimed play, Chanakya, directed by Manoj Joshi was staged that brought to life the great visionary and statesmen, Chanakya in modern context. A total of 11 theatrical productions would be staged in Jammu from March 22 to April 1, 2018 including regional, international and English language plays like Macbeth (Ratan Thiyam), Bikhre Bimb (Arundhati Nag), Salaam 1950s Ke Naam (Nadira Babbar) and Namaste Jaishree Krishna (K K Raina).

 

The festival would also present productions including Barff (Saurabh Shukla), Gabrighichor (Parveen Kumar Gunjan), Oondra (Rakesh Khatri), Jangal Me Khulne Wali Khirki (Prashant Khirvadkar) and international plays - The Diary of Anne Frank (Nepal) and The Last One (USA, California). The festival would culminate on April 8, 2018 at Mumbai.