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Cannes: Punjabi singer Sunanda Sharma walks red carpet, performs at Bharat Parv

The Fact News Service
Cannes, May 17

Renowned Punjabi singer Sunanda Sharma, who is best known for her tracks ‘Duji Vaar Pyar’ and ‘Mummy Nu Pasand’, is in Cannes.

She not only walked the iconic red carpet but also performed at Bharat Parv at the ongoing 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. She was also invited to a private dinner with the Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) of India, which spotlighted her growing significance as a cultural ambassador and representative of Indian arts and entertainment on the global stage.

On attending the prestigious film festival, Sunanda said, “I am truly honoured to have been a part of the Cannes Film Festival this year. Walking the red carpet, attending Bharat parv, and sharing a private dinner with esteemed dignitaries were incredible opportunities. I am grateful for the chance to have represented Indian music and culture on such a prestigious platform.”

For her red carpet appearance, Sunanda wore a white anarkali.

Bharat Pavilion was inaugurated at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. Representing the country, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Sanjay Jaju along with H.E. Jawed Ashraf, Ambassador of India to France attended the event.Hosted each year at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India, Bharat’s participation is spearheaded by the National Film Development Corporation as the nodal agency and FICCI as the industry partner.

The pavilion marks India’s continued commitment to showcasing its rich cinematic heritage and fostering international collaborations with the global film fraternity. Many states/UTs like Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra among others are present representing India at Cannes Film Market this year.

Tholoana Rose Ncheke, Chairperson, National Film and Video Foundation, South Africa, Christian Jeune, Director of Films Department, Deputy General Delegate, Cannes Film Festival, and Filmmaker Richie Mehta also marked their presence during the inauguration of Bharat Pavilion.

Speaking at the inauguration, Sanjay Jaju said, “Heartening to have more Indian projects in the Cannes official selection this year, one each in the competition in uncertain regard and let me also confess that both these projects have been the beneficiaries of the support from the government in terms of the incentive as well as the official core productions.”

“The Bharat Pavilion here would serve as a hub for networking, collaboration, promotion of Indian Cinema on the global stage. We would like to foster a greater collaboration between the Indian audio visual industry and international counterparts, thereby enhancing the visibility and accessibility of Indian Cinema worldwide and serve the national goal of using the power of Cinema to enhance the country’s soft touch,” added the Secretary.

Richie Mehta also shared his thoughts on the festival.”It’s such a momentous occasion of Indian cinema here. Personally for me, I wouldn’t have a career if not for the film festival community. The festivals have helped me basically unlocking a career. It’s a real honour to be a part of this inaugural,” said Richie Mehta.

“India is gaining attention worldwide, both geopolitically and economically, due to its philosophical contributions, thoughts, and ideas. Its role in a multipolar world of great uncertainty is significant as we transition from the existing international order into a new one. All these aspects are interconnected, making it increasingly important for us to have a greater presence abroad, particularly in cinema”, said Jawed Ashraf.

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