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by Editorial Desk November 10 2023, 12:00 am Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins, 9 secs

Looks like this is the season of festivals, events and exciting things. From Karan Johar inaugurating Celebrate Cinema at WWI to Shilpa Shetty ringing the NSE IPO Bell at the stock exchange, it is all here, reports the #Newsdesk.

Whistling Woods International's annual event, Celebrate Cinema 11th Edition

The annual festival commenced with the presence of three generations of successful filmmakers of Hindi cinema: Subhash Ghai, Karan Johar, and Shashank Khaitan and Meghna Ghai Puri and Rahul Puri. Whistling Woods International announced its collaboration with DroneAcharya, a pioneering drone technology institute to offer cutting-edge drone-oriented programs, fostering innovation and excellence. A key highlight of the event was the visit by Meezaan Jafri, who inaugurated the Virtual Production workshop that showcased the future of filmmaking.

Celebrate Cinema 2023 marked the theme, “The Future of Storytelling”. The open-to-all event united media and creative arts enthusiasts, industry professionals, and emerging talents to discover the art of storytelling in the digital age. The annual festival has consistently been a resounding success, serving as a dynamic hub for the convergence of creative minds, innovative ideas, and insightful discussions. Over three days, the event provided a platform for insightful panel discussions, engaging workshops, and creative exhibits, and created an atmosphere of learning.

“Patience, Perseverance and Passion”, advised Karan Johar to the aspirants at the inaugural session. Expressing his thoughts, he further said, "Celebrate Cinema is a fantastic initiative by Whistling Woods International, as students get to learn, draw inspiration through interactions with industry experts, engage in workshops and stay up to date with the latest technology."

The next panel at Celebrate Cinema featured the Ghoomer team - R.Balki, Saiyami Kher, Rahul Sengupta and Ivanka Das. It commenced with the felicitation of the Organ Warriors, who proudly represented India at the World Transplant Games Perth 2023, alongside the dedicated Organ India team. The panel delved into the making of this iconic film, exploring various techniques and insights that would benefit the students in the future.
The team behind OMG 2 - Pankaj Tripathi, Amit Rai, and Ajit Andhare - provided insights into creating a film on an unconventional subject and the art of breathing life into a character. The session concluded with meritorious students being honoured with scholarships for their outstanding achievements.
Celebrate Cinema 2023 also featured engaging panel discussions with renowned industry professionals. Samar Khan - Juggernaut Productions, Sidharth Jain - The Story Ink, Vivek Krishnani - MovieVerse Studios, writers Durgesh Singh and Shridhar Raghavan, Swati Pande - India Originals, Netflix, writer and lyricist Zaman Habib, Anant Roongta of Famous Studios, C V Rao - Annapurna Studios, John Paite - MediaMonks, Parth Shah - DNEG, Vivek Kandasamy - Film Engineers were some of the achievers from the industry who participated.

Subhash Ghai, Founder & Chairman, WWI, expressed his gratitude, stating, "I would like to thank everyone involved for their invaluable time and contributions in making Celebrate Cinema what it is today. The enthusiasm, talent, and engagement we witnessed were truly exceptional."

The closing ceremony of Celebrate Cinema 2023 concluded on a melodious note with a session featuring composer Mithoon and singer Palak Mucchal. The live music performances by students from WWI School of Music added extra delight to the session.

The event was in collaboration with partners Buffalo Soldiers, Mukta A2 Cinema, Insider, Monster, Radio City, Vigor Launchpad.  

Shilpa Shetty Rings NSE IPO Bell, Elevating Her Entrepreneurial Journey

Shilpa Shetty, a Bollywood actress and astute investor, marked a significant career milestone by ringing the IPO bell at the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Her transition from investor to entrepreneur exemplifies her unwavering commitment to growth and innovation.

Shetty's journey from Bollywood stardom to the world of finance and investment has been nothing short of inspirational. Her strategic prowess and ambition have earned her recognition as a savvy entrepreneur, adding to her brand value.

Shilpa Shetty is one of the few from the industry of entertainment to transform her investments into a successful IPO, setting a remarkable precedent. Her support to start-ups and securing equity in companies not only showcases her belief in the brands but also establishes her as a pioneer in this domain.

With a thriving presence in television, Bollywood, and the business world, we eagerly anticipate what Shilpa Shetty has in store for us next as she continues to excel in multiple domains.

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Indian Composer Sandesh Shandilya will unveil the 'World Song: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' on Children's Day with II Music

World Song | Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam carries a profound message of unity, peace, and global harmony, transcending borders and cultures. This soul-stirring song is a heartfelt ode to the children and youth of the world, the potential change-makers of our future. The song release is on the special day of 14th November, which is celebrated as Children’s Day in India. 

Sandesh Shandilya is a name that music lovers across the nation swear by! The Indian music composer, record producer, singer, and songwriter is famed for his contributions to Indian Cinema, including Sajna ve sajna from Chameli, Aaoge Jab tum ho from Jab We Met, Suraj Hua Madham, Piya Basanti Re, Pyar Ke Geet from OMG 2.

Made from the heart, ‘World Song’ is a memorable tune that reminds us of one important thing – love. Love is like the language that everyone can understand, and it's what brings us all together as a big, global family.

In a world of diverse cultures, languages, and beliefs, the song aims to encapsulate the essence of unity. The accompanying music video, set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Himalayas and featuring children and youth from Himachal Pradesh, beautifully captures the interconnectedness of our world. The song also acknowledges that children and youth are the torchbearers of love and the ambassadors of unity.

A vibrant musical platform that hosts the most diverse and dynamic talents from all over India, II Music has been the home to music of incredible musicians.

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