Celebrating cinema at Whistling Woods
Whistling Woods International marked the start of the 100 years celebrations in 2012 holding a three-day event. In 2013 the festival focused on the future of Indian Cinema on a grand scale bringing together almost 3000 people to film screenings, free workshops, panel discussions and live musical performances.
From stalwart writers like Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan, Gulzar saab to ARRahman, Saroj Khan, Hema Malini, Amole Gupte, Shabana Azmi, Zoya Akhtar and many others paid tribute to Indian cinema and interacted with students and film enthusiasts. This year 2014 the festival kick started with a lamp lighting done by diva Rekha and Subhash Ghai followed by distribution of certificates to the students by the beautiful star.
Before leaving Rekha toured the campus and the exhibitions, she spoke encouragingly to the students and stopped to sign the portrait the students had put together of her films. The keynote address was followed by a music panel with Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu and director’s panel with Govind Nihalani and Shyam Benegal.
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