Two-day Indian Classic Film Festival begins in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 26 (UNI) A two-day Indian Classic Film Festival-2007, began here at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC) on the banks of the famed Dal Lake.

The festival, organised by the Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar, was inaugurated by former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Bashir Ahmad Khan.

Prof Rehman Rahi, a veteran poet and critic was the guest of honour. Several films, made by veteran producers including locals, would be screened during the festival.

Inaugurating the festival Justice Khan stressed the need to adhere to the basic concept of public broadcaster which he said has an important role to play to inform, educate and entertain people.

He criticised the mushroom growth of channels and said this has totally resulted in substandard programmes especially the news part of it.

He said Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar has served as pointer in producing serials and other award winning programames which later became basis for the whole Doordashan programme production in the country.

Prof Rehman Rahi in his address appreciated the role played by the Doordarshan in preserving and projecting Kashmiri culture and traditions.

Earlier, Deputy Director General, Doordarshan Basharat Ahmad gave a full resume of concept of producing Indian classic programmes by Doordarshan and said this noble cause has been taken up by the public broadcaster for the preservation of this national treasure called ''Indian Classic''.


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