Whistling Woods International celebrates an eco-friendly Diwali with tribute to Shri Dadasaheb Phalke

Whistling Woods International celebrates an eco-friendly Diwali with tribute to Shri Dadasaheb Phalke

Mumbai 1st November 2013: The festivities of Diwali have filled the air and the landscape with fireworks. The faculty and students of Whistling Woods International – Institute for Film, Fashion & Media ignite their Diwali celebrations at their marvelous campus by commemorating 101 glorious years of Indian Cinema by paying a mark of respect to the Father of Indian Cinema, Shri Dadasaheb Phalke.

Whistling Woods International, this year celebrates Diwali with an 8-foot rangoli of Shri Dadasaheb Phalke. Further, the institute has decided to limit its usage of electricity this year and instead has spent time & energy on preparation of this rangoli, which has been embellished by oil lamps. There will also be no fireworks as the Students felt they need to be responsible about the environment but instead the students came together and organized a musical evening to display their talents and affinity towards the festival.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman of Whistling Woods International commented, “We are glad that the students have decided to celebrate this Diwali by paying tribute to Shri Dadasaheb Phalke, who is not only the ‘father’ but also the ‘soul’ of Indian cinema. The tribute paid through a beautiful 8 ft Rangoli portrait of the legend is phenomenal. This, we dedicate to him as a sign of our respect and gratitude to his contribution to the art of film-making, a profession that we are proud to be a part of.”

Meghna Ghai Puri, President of Whistling Woods International, commented on this occasion, ‘We are happy to commemorate the Festival of Diwali in this 101st year of Indian Cinema by paying tribute to the father of Indian Cinema, Shri Dadasaheb Phalke. We the management, faculty and students of Whistling Woods International, hope to celebrate many more Diwalis in this splendid campus.”

Rakesh Ranjan, Head of department of Sound Design at Whistling Woods International, said, “Whistling Woods International has been a world class institution of excellence and has remained an epitome of inspiration while imparting world class education and training in Film & Media since its inception.”

Vishal Dahiya student at Whistling Woods International, said, “Walking through the gates of this beautiful campus for the past few years feels like coming home. The management, teachers and mentors have always made us feel like a part of one big family. I am glad to be able to contribute to the Diwali celebration here as it is my home away from home. I hope this Diwali lightens up the careers of the students and the future generations of students in this institute”


About Whistling Woods International

Founded by renowned director-writer-producer Mr Subhash Ghai and promoted by Mukta Arts Ltd, Whistling Woods International is Asia’s premier film, fashion and media, institute rated amongst the 10 best film-schools in the world by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. It offers courses in Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, Sound Recording and Design, Media Management Studies & Fashion, that are designed to be practical and delivered under a unique educational methodology by a luminary faculty and accentuated by guest lectures by leading Indian & International filmmakers.

Whistling Woods International has initiated affiliations with several International film schools. These include pioneering activities in India like credits transfer and International student co-productions. Some of the schools that are affiliated with the Institute are Bradford College UK, Deakin College Australia, Griffith College Australia, Syracuse University USA, NYU Tisch Singapore & AFTA, Africa

Over 15% of the student body comprises International students. The Institute is highly committed to ensuring that its students move into the industry in creative and rewarding areas of employment. WWI alumni have been working with several leading media organizations like Aamir Khan Productions, Balaji Telefilms, Dharma Productions, Disney – UTV Motion Pictures, Excel Entertainment, Fox Star Studios India, Mukta Arts Limited, Red Chillies Entertainment, Technicolour, Walkwater Films and several more. Whistling Woods’ continues strongly on its path to be the thought leader for Film & Media education globally. Details on www.whistlingwoods.net.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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