Drishti 2011 concluded on 11th December, 2011 with grand success at St Johnâ€™s College, in Agra. This was first big step Antardrishti has taken towards its march to promote eye donation and empowerment of visually impaired.
Drishti 2011 gets off with the lighting of lamp by Dr Pushpa Srivastava, noted social worker of Agra, Dr Shefali Jain from Eye Bank Agra, Manohar Lal Gidwani, President of Agra Cartoon Forum, Sudha Joshi, Principal, Blind People Association School, Ahmadabad. These guests were assisted by team members of Drishti 2011 â€“ Akhil Srivastava, Ajay Arneja and Prashant Tandon.
Guests were welcomed by students of Blind People Association School, Ahmadabad.
The first highlight of the two day festival was audio visual presentation dealing with misconceptions on eye donation and interesting facts. The presentation was conducted by Dr Shefali Jain and Dr Alisha from SN Medical College, Agra.
Soon after the festival enters into the most exciting phase â€“ the screening of short listed films which were received for Drishti 2011 creative contest. Eight selected films across India were screen with full attendance of cheering audience at Auditorium of St Johnâ€™s College. All films were appreciated by the audience and few films were screened again on popular demand.
Following films were screened on the first day.
All design and poster entries were displayed at the auditorium. This was also an attraction of all visitors
The first day wrap was with group dance performance by visually impaired students of Blind People Association School, Ahmadabad. This performance on popular song of Kailash Kher â€“ Teri Deewani..These young artists won the hearts of audience and received standing ovation.
The second day begins with curiosity of awards announcement. The day was started with on the spot drawing competition on the theme of promotion of eye donation. Youth of Agra participated in this competition with full enthusiasm. Few very exciting entries were received in this competition. Garima Baghel and Sanchita Gupta were declared as joint winners.
Followed by this came the announcement of Golden Eye which was gone to short film Ritu Wants 2 C directed and produced by Nivedita Majumdar of Kolkata. This Bangla film on eye donation won the hearts of Jury as well as of audience present in St Johnâ€™s College. Film was screened again and the award was given by Brig. P.D. Gupta â€“ Group Commander, NCC Agra. In the same category Silver Eye was gone to short film Vizhigal directed and produced by J. Aravind
Then came the time for result announcement of Poster contest. In this category the Golden Eye was taken away by the poster designed by Antima Shukla of Lucknow. The second prize in poster contest â€“ The Silver Eye was bagged by Gaurav Gupta of Noida. During announcement winner entries in poster contest was displayed to audience through projection amidst huge applause.
Followed by these announcement and award giving ceremony stage was again dominated by students of Blind People Association School, Ahmedabad. This time it was a drama on corruption in society with Anna Hazare at centre stage. Incidentally around same time the real Anna Hazare was staging a protest in Delhi on Lok Pal Bill.
Two day festival ended with the vote of thanks by Ajay Arneja â€“ Drishti 2011 team member and with Kolavery Di sung by Blind People Association School, Ahmedabad Students.
Both days were of Drishti 2011 were given wide coverage by national as well as local media in Agra.
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