Kashi International Indian Film Festival kicks off today in Varanasi

The first three-day Indian Kashi International Film Festival kicks off in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, from Monday.

The first three-day Indian Kashi International Film Festival kicks off in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, from Monday.

“Not only will there be glimpses of classical Hindustani music and dance, but also events on famous philosophers, poets, writers and musicians,” the government said in a statement.

The festival is organized in collaboration with the state government.

Actor Manoj Joshi, singer Kailash Kher and comedian Raju Srivastava will perform on the first day of the event. Hema Malini, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav, Satish Kaushik are among other Bollywood personalities who will attend the event.

A panel discussion on Varanasi, local music, the importance of Uttar Pradesh as a center of film production and the potential of regional cinema will be held on the second day of the event. The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, will be present at the festival on the second day.

The National Minister of Tourism, Culture and Charitable Affairs, Neelkanth Tiwari, will inaugurate the festival.

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Gerald R. Schneider