MERC starts film appreciation course in collaboration with FTII

‘Workshop will change entire outlook of students’

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
July 25, 2017 CITY 132 Views

In first of its kind, Media Education Research Centre (MERC), University of Kashmir in collaboration with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune, Monday kick-started a five day course on “Film Appreciation” at varsity’s Media Auditorium.
During the course, FTII faculty will be sharing their experience with media students regarding the skills and techniques used while appreciating film content.
As per communiqué from the organizers, the workshop will change the entire outlook of students in terms of appreciating cinema.
The inaugural session was presided over by Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi besides the visiting faculty of FTII, Pune, and students, scholars and faculty of MERC were also present.
FTII team who are the part of this course include Director FTII, Bhupendra Kantholia, Course Director FTII, Pankaj Saxena, Prof Sandeep Shahare, Sachin Sharma (Cine’matographer, Documentary Film Maker), Munish Bhardwaj (Assistant Faculty), Sumitra Bhave (Film Maker), Registrar FTII, Varun Bhardwaj, Irawati Harshe (Actress) and Director National Film Archives India (NFAI), Prakash Magdum.
While speaking on the inaugural ceremony, Prof Andrabi said, “It was my long standing desire to start such a course at Kashmir University.”
Prof Andrabi while appreciating the young talent in Kashmir said, “Kashmiri’s have proven their mettle in different walks of life; however, there are certain hurdles that are impeding their growth.”
“Kashmiri’s are talented, but there is scarcity of opportunities out there in the field and that is really taking us down,” he said.
Dean School of Social Sciences, Kashmir University, Prof Asifa Jan, who also spoke on the occasion, said that “introduction of such courses into the curriculum is the need of hour.
While impressing upon the importance of films she said, “Films are not mere source of entertainment but among the strong social tools which promote social norms and therefore intervene into reshaping the society.”
Coordinator, MERC Faruq Masudi while appreciating the efforts of Vice Chancellor said, “Credit goes to Prof Andrabi, it is because of his cooperation and support that we have been able to start this film appreciation course today.”
He further added “This five day course will train media students about different nuances of film appreciation and cinema as an art form, there by honing their aesthetics and technical skills for film making as a creative medium of expression”.
He informed that MERC will be starting different courses in near future in collaboration with FTII.
Director FTII, Bhupendra Kantholia said that there is a particular way of watching films and this film appreciation course is all about it. He added, “In Kashmir, there is no dearth of talent but awareness. That’s why FTII from next academic session will be establishing entrance examination centers in Srinagar. Earlier it used to be held in Jammu region only”.
Course Director, FTII, Pankaj Saxena, in his remarks said that there are many untold stories in Kashmir which need to be presented before the world. However, that is only possible when appreciation for creative works like film making will be initiated in the valley.
Programe coordinator, Muslim Jan presented vote of thanks, and will be coordinating the five day film appreciation course.

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