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Rishikesh International Film Festival 2018 to Open from 12thMarch in Rishikesh

Mumbai : Rishikesh International Film Festival 2018 will be held from 12th of March to 18th of March. The Film festival will be on for 7 days in the holy city of Rishikesh, Yoga Capital of the World, and will be attracting renowned film makers, artists, photographers, and spiritual leaders from around the globe.  The Rishikesh International Film Festival is being organized by Photographer and spiritually inclined Deja Cross.

The main theme of the festival is spirituality – spiritual practice, spiritual traditions & worship, spiritual places & festivals and spiritual activism and leadership among others. Rishikesh International Film Festival weaves the local communities and international guests in celebration of creativity and cultural arts in Rishikesh, the land of ashrams, temples and Ma Ganga.

Deja Cross, the Founder & Director of the Festival, says about selecting the spiritual theme for the festival, “This year we are focused on Sadhana, Seva, and Satsang. We are bringing together spiritual leaders, films about spiritual life and experiences, and artists with a spiritual message.”

Rishikesh International Film Festival will be inaugurated on March 12 at Shatrughan Ghat. Indonesia-India Cultural Art Program exchange will be presenting Agus Indra Udayana, recipient of International Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2011, Anjasmara Prasetya, and Ayu Laksmi, Indonesian actors and world class dancers.His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang of Dehradun will be opening the film screenings with a chant video called CHANT DKC, directed by RJ Gordon.

Ms. Cross says, “We are honored to present Dedication to Maharishi, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for Transcendental Meditation in Rishikesh. Presentations include: What is Maharishi’s Vedic Science? by Anand Shrivastava, Director of Maharishi Ayurveda Programmes and Keynote Address with Dr John Konhaus, featuring ‘The Experience and Practice of Transcending…the True Essence of Yoga: How to connect individual life with cosmic life in higher states of consciousness, and its application in the fields of Education, Healthcare, Agriculture and the Environment. Following the talks, a 4 hour compilation of films and videos will be screened from the Maharishi Archives.”

AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA; THIS EXISTS: A FILM ABOUT SRI PREM BABA; MONK WITH A CAMERA, HARE KRISHNA: THE MANTRA, THE MOVEMENT, AND THE SWAMI WHO STARTED IT ALL, and ON YOGA: THE ARCHITECTURE OF PEACE are among the 30 films featured at the festival.There will be a FREE film screening of Ship of Theseus, directed by Anand Ghandi, sponsored byDirectorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.

Filmmakers Anmol Arora (B FOR BALLOON), David Hanrahan (THIS EXISTS), Ramana (Living Idle) and Harvinder Mankkar (KHOJ – A Journey of Soul), and Guru Anand Mehrotra (THE HIGHEST PASS) will be a few of the filmmakers, and cast members available after the film screenings for Q&A.

Gurmukh Khalsa, Bhavini Kalan, Shri Madhukarji, Dr. Rakesh Agarwal, Dr. Yogi Amrit Raj, Dr. Kamala Easton, and Dr. Aniko Kotroczo are among the many practitioners presenting on panels and workshops.Filmmakers, presenters and performers are from India, Russia Federation, Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Brazil, and United States.

Mukesh Giri Maharaj Ji and Tejasvi Giri/Deja Cross will be hosting Baba Bhandara on March 15 fro 11am to 3pm at Shatrughan Mandir in Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh. Tour of Maharishi’s Ashram & Exhibition of the History of The Beatles Visit to Rishikesh will be on March 18, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Closing and Awards Ceremony will be held at Shatrughan Ghat March 18 from 2pm, with many cultural art programs, local, traditional and international music and dance performances, with 1000 coloring pages by local school children Art Exhibition, to Ganga Aarti at 6pm..

Rishikesh International Film Festival is being supported by Government of Uttarakhand, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and GMVN. The others partners and associated organizers of the festival are: Films Division Mumbai; Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India; Enlightenment Now; Film Freeway; Tejasvi Photography; Urban Sip; AV Printers; 60s Cafe; Approach Entertainment; Approach Bollywood; Go Spiritual India; Deejay Doctor; Ad-Shastra; Motion Emotion; Eco Wild Camps; and Shortreelz.

Deja Cross Story: In 2013, after beingcalled by Ma India and travelling to Allahabad Kumbh Mela, Varanasi Maha Shivaratri, and the sacred Ganga in Rishikesh, I was discovered as a photographer in the apple orchard town of Old Manali.  My first exhibit in the U.S. is called “I Heard Her Calling”, in which I had 13 photography exhibitions and pop-up events.

In 2016, back in Rishikesh, while meditating at Ma Ganga, I asked Her, “How shall I exhibit my photography now that I am living in India?” Her reply was life-changing. She said “Not only shall you exhibit your own artwork, but also promote the work of other artists with a similar message/theme.” In the days to follow, I realized that everybody I met, for various meals and meetings, was a filmmaker!” And so it is that we have the Rishikesh International Film Festival.

Deja Cross Experience: MBA, BS Mathematics, with over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience and success; Founder & Creative Director of Rishikesh Art and Film Festival 2017; served on organizing committees for several festivals in California, USA; photographer, with 21 gallery and pop-up exhibits; traveler, with a 10 year visa in India;  sannyasi, yoga & meditation practitioner, and humanitarian.

Deja Cross / Tejasvi Giri will be presenting her photography exhibition: DEVOTION.

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