The 20th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) – billed as an extravaganza of cinematic and artistic expression – began here in the Kerala capital on a grand note on Friday evening.
Nishagandhi auditorium, where the inauguratuion ceremony happened, was filled with about 1500 delegates.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who lit the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the event, said that it was an honour to have so many distinguished guests at a single place at the festival organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA).
Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, in a mixed speech in Malayalam and English, said that he was proud to be among some of the most knowledgeable people in the field.
Brazilian filmmaker and writer Julio Bressane, who is the chair of the IFFK jury, pointed towards the audience as he said: “Thank you to each one of you”. He also said that he hopes to judge the films fairly.
The star of the show, however, was tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, who set the stage on fire with a mesmerising performance.
Accompanied by sarangi player Sabir Khan, son of vocalist late Ustad Sultan Khan, Zakir Hussain enthralled the packed auditorium with his percussion.
During his speech Zakir Hussain said,”Moreover, I had unique opportunity to perform along with few of the legendary musical maestros from the state.”