The travelling Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival opened at the Kala academy, Panaji receiving a good response. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the environment film festival said there is need to protect the environment but a pragmatic approach needed to be taken. “One cannot be extreme on any side”, he stated.

Parrikar said that success stories on environment can come about only if environment is linked to commercial aspect. Activist lawyer Satish Sonak raised the issue of water shortage in government’s premier hospital -Goa medical college hospital in Bambolim. It’s ironical that Goa and particularly the patients suffer from water shortage when the state receives good rainfall, he said.

Highlighting the issue, he distributed pamphlets to the participants of the festival. Goa is one among six states, the others being Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat that will host the event.

During the two day event, six films by Goan directors will be showcased. Festival director Virendra Chitrav said Goa would play a key role in spreading awareness by promoting the International Film Festival of India as green IFFI, as it would reach a much larger audience.

Amidst a number of film screenings, the festival features an environment photography contest, photography exhibitions, a drawing and model making competition for children, quiz competitions and workshops. The festival closes on sunday and the highlight of Sunday’s event promises to be a water awareness walk from Miramar circle to Kala Academy.