49th International Film Festival of India
Report by: Amit Agarwal

It was a day dedicated for Jharkhand at the 49th International Film Festival of India. 
IFFI 2018 - Glimpses

The scenic state bestowed with rugged hills, dense forests and mesmerising waterfalls got a much-needed impetus as a film shooting destination when dignitaries came together to celebrate ‘Jharkhand Day’ today at IFFI. Governor of Goa, Ms. Mridula Sinha; Shri Amar Kumar Bauri, Tourism Minister, Government of Jharkhand; Shri Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Shri Sunil Kumar Barnwal, Secretary, Department of Information and Public Relations, Jharkhand; Shri Rahul Sharma, Secretary, Department of Tourism, Arts and Sports, Jharkhand; and Shri Sheo Pratap Singh. Tourism Secretary, Government of Goa participated in the special evening celebrations at hotel Cidade de Goa in Panaji this evening. 

Cultural troops from Jharkhand performed indigenous dance forms like Paika, Mardana Jhumar, Seraikela Chhau and Domkach accompanying the tunes of mandar and bansuri, showcasing the rich cultural legacy of the region. 

Film buffs thronging IFFI are getting a glimpse of the art, culture and cuisine of the Jharkhand through the multiple stalls promoting the State and its tourism initiatives. Handicrafts and cuisine of the state presented at the festival venues are attracting lots of people. A recipient of the Special Mention Award for promoting filmmaking in 2016, Jharkhand has rightfully been chosen as the State in Focus at IFFI this year. This is the first time that IFFI has started a State in Focus segment.