Friday, January 31, 2014

Celebrate Diversity in Nature at the specially designed film festival & forum begins

The 5 day biodiversity gala features film festival, forums, exhibitions, musical festival, food festival, green bazaar and many more at the IGNCA Lawns.
In a completely new format, a five day green festival is being organised at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi from (Thursday – Monday) which started from Jan 30, 2014.
For the first time in the world, a film festival & forum is being organized in open grounds (not in auditoriums). Inspired from the Jaipur Literature Festival and in its endeavour to mainstream biodiversity issues to general public, this specially curated festival is spread across 27 acres of IGNCA campus (near India Gate and Central Secretariat Metro Station).
Special venues and layouts are being created to make it people friendly and highly engaging to both general public and also for the professionals in this field.  The six main venues in this festival are : 1) International Screen – where all best of world cinema and the nominated international films will be screened; 2) ONGC Lawn where film screenings with open forums with film makers & experts is scheduled; 3) Japan Lawn is situated in the amphitheatre and will host all the important thematic sessions; 4) UNDP & GIZ Lawn for Coastal and Marine Biodiversity will have screenings and thematic discussions; 5) CMS lawn will have discussions and media interactions; 6) Young Champions Lawn is a special lawn  dedicated section solely for the youth with activities such as film screenings for children, interactive sessions with filmmakers, workshops on  puppetry  and paper mache & crafts, painting competition, and biodiversity games.
The festival hosted a high profile Inaugural Ceremony on the evening of Jan 30, 2014.Mr. K.S Rao Union Minister for Textiles graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.  Dr Karan Singh, MP and President, ICCSR and Ms. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India was also present at the inaugural ceremony. Mr. V B Mathur, Senior Professor & Dean, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Mr A S Panneerselvan, Executive Director, PANOS South Asia were among the special invitees.
Ms. Vijaya Mulay, veteran documentary filmmaker was awarded with the CMS VATAVARAN Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution in filmmaking. CMS VATAVARAN Prithvi Ratna Award was given to Mr. Sanjay Barnela, filmmaker for outstanding contribution to nature and conservation filming throughout their career which has resulted in bringing change in perception, practice and policy with regards to environment.  CMS VATAVARAN also presented the PSA CMS Media Excellence Awards for excellence in environment reporting. This year, the awards was  presented to Ms. Juhi Chaudhury (CNN IBN), Ms. Chandan Haygunde (Indian Express, Pune), Amantha Perrera (Sri Lanka) and Subhra Priyadarshini (India)
The festival also promises Along with film screenings and thematic discussions there will also be book launches, live demos on aerial photography, exhibitions, film booth, food court, green haat (shopping), music festival, interesting art installations, 40 ft life size whale shark & Gaju on display for promoting environment sensitivity at scale.
‘Kalpvriksh’ directed by Manika Sharma and starring Shabana Azmi will be screened at 4:30 pm the 7th CMS VATAVARAN – Asia’s largest film festival and forum on environment & wildlife. Noted film actor Shabana Azmi was present in the forum. The film session also had producer Raajaysh Chetwal and its director Manika Sharma for an open forum.
The festival theme this year is mainstreaming biodiversity conservation at different levels to promote living in harmony with nature. Based on this theme, three schools in Delhi (The Shri Ram Schools, Sri Venkateshwar International School and Bloom Public School) are decorating the entire venue with their art, crafts and sculptures.
In all, during this five day festival, these specially designed and constructed thematic lawns will showcase 150 films and more than 70 eminent speakers in various 48 thematic sessions and expert discussions. Organisations and individuals working across the country on various biodiversity conservation efforts will be participating in this festival. Renowned conservationists, policy makers and the concerned communities will also be engaged in deliberations and discourses on the range of the sub themes and cross cutting issues.  Amol Palekar (actor and director),  Shabana Azmi (film actor), Belinda Wright (founder of WPSI), Bahar Dutt (environment journalist), Shekhar Dattari (wildlife filmmaker), Dr Raghuwat Chundawat (conservation biologist), Sunita Narain (activist), Kartikeya Sarabhai (environment educator), Ranjit Lal (children’s author and columnist); Vivek Menon (conservationist);  are some of the confirmed speakers at this forum.
Celebrate diversity in nature in Asia’s largest film festival & forum on environment and wildlife !
To participate, register online -

About CMS VATAVARAN: The rich experience of CMS in environmental issues & development communication sowed the seeds of CMS VATAVARAN, India’s only International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum. In its decade long eventful journey from 2002 – 2012, CMS VATAVARAN has become a movement and inspired many organisations / individuals to use films and film festivals as a medium to catalyse change. It has created a strong network of Indian and International filmmakers, policymakers, academicians, research think tanks, environmentalists, journalists, students of all streams, defense & paramilitary forces and nature enthusiasts.  The festival has an International recognition and till date 39 festivals have been organised across 26 cities of India.
CMS VATAVARAN remains resolute to encourage environment films and forums resulting change in perception, practice and policy.

For more details contact:
Ms Indira AkoijamMedia Coordinator – CMS VATAVARAN
E:, Cell: 9899979161, Phone – 011 26864020 / 26851660
CMS, RESEARCH House, Saket Community Centre, New Delhi 110017

Arvind Kejriwal in press conference praises his government.
AAP Party in Delhi a party of unemployed youths lower class whose hopes have nosedived but find easy way to be associated with. Party has failed even to pay to their volunteers even meagre amount to sustain further has not been able to provide food or proper working structure for the party. Arvind the only voice projected with funds and some incongruous statements which remains still unanswered is the quick fix of the party.  
 A political party indulging in self praise has failed to bring neutral observes as Lokpal on the working of AAP as they had promised before coming to power,their appointment of lokpal which is being ensigaed by various e channels is not very much different from the federal structure.Thus AAP is getting disconnected from Delhi people  every day and their loud mouth spokesperson further dilute their popularity.people hopes have been dashed to ground and has become a laughing stock of political class of new tugs as roadside herb sellers and make fast buck.
Many political experts allege that their whole intention is to gather money, mint money  on causes with need total overhaul and is beyond AAP.
Dear Friends, Your government in Delhi has completed one month in office. It has been wonderful yet challenging opportunity to serve the people of Delhi. I want to share some of the highlights of our work with you and seek your honest feedback. One thing I will say for sure - all ministers and MLAs of AAP did our task sincerely and honestly, putting the people above everything else. I look forward to your continued support.
In their release to media person they further added, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) strongly condemns the nefarious attempts by a Congress MLA to disrupt the press conference of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.
MLA Asif Mohammad Khan inappropriately barged into a press briefing at the Delhi Secretariat and indulged in highly objectionable behavior, which is totally unbecoming of an elected representative.

He raised the issue of Batla House encounter and the AAP would like to set the record straight. This encounter had taken place on 19 September 2008, when there were Congress governments in Delhi as well as at the Centre.

The AAP had not come into existence till then, but it was noted lawyer and human rights activist, Prashant Bhushan (now a national executive member of the AAP) who had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking an independent investigation into this encounter.

The High Court asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to look into the matter. The NHRC accepted the probe report of the Delhi Police Crime Branch. This was again challenged by Mr Bhushan in the Supreme Court.

A three judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the then Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan dismissed the petition seeking an independent/judicial inquiry into the encounter.

The Supreme Court ruled that no further probes were required in this matter.

Mr Asif has tried to spread a lot of falsehoods today. It is important to rebut these false allegations. Without reading the AAP manifesto, he has given statements that it promises a probe into this encounter. THERE IS NO SUCH MENTION IN THE AAP MANIFESTO.    

Mr Asif needs to answer the question as to why he joined the Congress Party in August 2013 after having won the 2008 assembly election on the RJD ticket, despite the fact that Congress governments of Delhi and even the centre had termed the encounter as genuine in the High Court and the Supreme Court.

It is really beyond reasonable understanding that he chose to contest on the ticket of a party which supported the encounter and opposed any attempt to get it probed and is seeking answers from a government which believes in justice for all and discrimination against none.
Before questioniong others, Mr Asif should spell out the stand of the party to which he belongs, on this issue.
 The AAP makes it clear that it stands committed for justice to all sections of the society and is firmly against implication of innocents in false cases, irrespective of their religion, region or caste.

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