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Festivities kick off IFFI

Film aficionados from India and abroad descended in droves for the 36th edition of IFFI.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2005 12:09 IST
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Film aficionados from India and abroad descended in droves for the 36th International Film Festival of India which kicked off in Panaji on Thursday.

The festivities got cracking with a spectacular parade which emphasised the Goan flavour of this year's ten-day extravaganza, which is being simultaneously celebrated all over the state.

Prominent among other themes was that of the sea, with the carnival parade led by huge tableaux of various sea creatures.

Sea-god Neptune brandished his trident while showering petals on the crowds. In his wake followed huge armies of men dressed up as sea-horses, flying fish and octopuses in multi-hued costumes, all dancing to the tunes of the latest Konkani chartbusters.

Locals and tourists milled around IFFI street, a promenade between the two main festival venues - INOX multiplex and Kala Academy - to catch a glimpse of the various stiltwalkers, jugglers, rollerskaters and the ubiquitous Mickey Mouse.

A giant figurine of the peacock, a symbol reminiscent of the IFFI logo as also the main festival award, also formed part of the parade.

Various local bands performed songs commemorating Goa's association with IFFI, while remaining seated on the moving tableaux.