An ode to women of cinema through dance

WION Edge: The opening ceremony of the 47th International Film Festival highlighted the importance of female characters in cinema

47th International Film Festival of India opened to a scintillating performance that celebrates the journey and contribution of women in Indian Cinema

47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opened to a scintillating performance that celebrates the journey and contribution of women in Indian Cinema

Highlight of the opening was a special ?Ode to a Woman? performance by various artists

Highlight of the opening was a special ?Ode to a Woman? performance by various artists

Tabu (in picture) is a leading Indian actress who has been a part of several critically acclaimed movies.

Tabu is a leading Indian actress. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, and has received six Filmfare Awards, including a record four Critics Award for Best Actress. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2011.

Madhubala (in picture) was an Indian film actress who appeared in classic films of Hindi cinema.

Madhubala (in picture) was an Indian film actress who appeared in classic films of Hindi cinema. She is also considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have worked in the industry and is highly regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema" and "The Beauty with Tragedy".

The artists used a variety of lights and song and dance sequences to put up a great show

The artists used a variety of lights and song and dance sequences to put up a great show

The event showcased the changing face of women in Indian films from the 50's till date.

The event showcased the changing face of women in Indian films from the 50's till date.

Artists performing a choreographed dance at the 47th International Film Festival of India in Goa

Artists performing a choreographed dance at the 47th International Film Festival of India in Goa

Nutan (in picture) was a prominent Indian actress

Nutan (in picture) was a prominent Indian actress. She appeared in more than 70 Hindi films in a career spanning over four decades. She is regarded as one of the finest female actors in the history of Hindi cinema, who was famous for playing unconventional parts in movies.

International Film Festival of India, every year, offers something new to the movie lovers

International Film Festival of India, every year, offers something new to the movie lovers

The act traced the journey of female characters in Indian cinema and their evolution onscreen

Choreographed by Ganesh Acharya, a popular Indian choreographer, the act traced the journey from Mother India to Mary Kom -- the diiferent facets of female characters in Indian cinema and their evolution onscreen.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (in picture) is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (in picture) is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant.Through her successful acting career, she has established herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India.

The grand opening highlighted the importance of female characters in cinema

The grand opening highlighted the importance of female characters in cinema

Lit in beautiful colours, the event received a great response from the audience

Lit in beautiful colours, the event received a great response from the audience.

To give you a feel of what went behind one of the most successful film meets of the year

To give you a feel of what went behind one of the most successful film meets of the year

Dedicated to all the talented women who make the cinema industry a success

Dedicated to all the talented women who make the cinema industry a success