A dance troupe performs at a Spic Macay’s programme in Ranchi. Telegraph picture
Once again it will be raining culture in Jharkhand with SPIC MACAY’s annual programme Virasat 2012, but this time with some reel fun for the children.
The cynosure of the venture will be a three-day children film festival. Though dates not yet been finalised, the event will kick off from the end of this month and the screenings will take place between August and October.
“We are trying our best to get the event inaugurated by famous lyricist and film-maker Gulzar saab. Other well-known vocalists will also be roped in to perform during the entire session,” said Rajiv Ranjan, the state coordinator of the Jharkhand chapter of SPIC MACAY.
“With every passing year our cultural fest is fast gaining popularity. Till date, we have only offered cultural extravaganza — that mainly included classical singing and dancing — to our audience.
But now in a bid to offer novelty and more entertainment, we came up with this idea of showing meaningful movies to school students,” Ranjan said.
The organisers will select a particular school in the capital as the venue for the film festival where children from Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Jamshedpur will be invited.
More than 14 children’s movies, including Vishal Bhardawaj’s much-acclaimed Blue Umbrella and Makdee, will be screened during the three-day infotainment programme.
The organisers are still in the process of short listing the other movies that will be presented to the students.
Besides, SPIC MACAY is also planning to invite film critics during the three-day screening who will deliver lecture on the films.
“Commercial films will be strictly avoided. Movies with social messages will only be included in our list, so that children can undertake an educational journey while enjoying movies,” said Ranjan.
The organisers are also chalking out an elaborate budget for film screening for which they will take help of sponsors.
“We will meet the officials of the state art and culture department and urge them to provide us financial aid. We will also talk to other major sponsors for support,” Ranjan signed off.