Vasundhara film fest to have its own clubNews — By The Desk on October 28, 2009 at 10:40 AM
The Times of India: In order to further the aim and objectives of the much-significant Vasundhara International Film Festival, the festival organisers are all set to launch Club Vasundhara on November 1 at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI). The club will be dedicated to awareness and action on various aspects of environment and its safety through activities like film screenings, nature walks, seminars, exhibitions and open forums, among other things, said Virendra Chitrav of Club Vasundhara.
The club will be launched by Suresh Prabhu, former central minister of environment and forests. A book, Ek Divas Jeevanatala’ authored by state election commissioner of Maharashtra, Neela Satyanarayan, will also be released on the occasion. The book, to be unveiled by Mohan Dharia, president of Vanarai, is a vivid literary-cum-photographic account of the author’s visits to various forests in the state and abroad.
“Club Vasundhara will be an innovative attempt to explore nature and analyse topical issues related to environment, wildlife, energy, air and water. It will be a platform for like-minded people to work towards providing effective and meaningful communication material for preserving our great natural heritage,” said Chitrav, at a press conference on Tuesday.
“The club activities are a way of raising and spreading awareness on serious issues related to Mother Earth and her preservation, especially through visual media. Through various programmes, we hope to generate action among citizens to save our environment,” Chitrav added.
Anuj Khare, director of Nature Walk, will assist in the eco-friendly nature walks, an important activity of Club Vasundhara. “We will be approaching these tours with an educational approach. Participants will be given notes and will be guided by well-known nature experts to explain various natural phenomena,” said Khare.
These walks will include two one-day excursions per month, along with week-long nature camps to well known wildlife resorts and reserves like Bandhavgadh, Kanha, Pench, Tadoba, Nagzira, Melghat, Navegaon, Someshwar, Kudremukh, Periyar and Wainar.
“We also want to touch upon problems often faced by the forest department. These are issues we citizens don’t usually know. Therefore, we want to find ways of helping the forest department through citizens’ participation,” added Khare.
The launch will be followed by a film screening on Nannaj Wildlife Sanctuary and a special audio-visual presentation, Aranyavachan’ by well-known naturalist Kiran Purandare. Supported by slides, Purandare will narrate his experiences on the forests that Satyanarayan has written about in detail in her book. The occasion will also be graced by eminent naturalist, S D Mahajan and actress Mrunal Kulkarni, among others.
The Vasundhara International Film Festival 2009, held in the city in March, has already made the rounds of eight other cities in the state. Starting October 28, it will embark on its second travelling phase, covering eight more cities that include Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Ratnagiri, Thane, Sindhudurg, Mumbai and Indore.