Film Appreciation Course concludes at Media Department, Kashmir University


    Aijaz Ahmad

    SRINAGAR (KPS):The five day film appreciation course conducted by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in collaboration with Media Education Research Centre, Kashmir University concluded at Media Auditorium, Kashmir University on Friday.
    During the course media students were trained in different nuances of film appreciation and cinema. Many International and National movies were screened at the Media House which included 2016 Lotus National Award winning movie “Kasav” directed by Sumitra Bhave.
    Director Sumitra Bhave while sharing her experience said, “Films are not meant for audience and awards, but to explore our life. We can come out of depression by going deep into life as everybody wants love and compassion, but we are losing it. And, that is why we are in the present situation of dwelling mental illness”.
    Actress Irawati Harshe while sharing her experience said ‘’ Losing the source of connection with each other is the root cause of depression.”
    She further added that people in Kashmir are very loving and interactive; it was nice to be among such a beautiful group of students. I would like students to be in touch as I found them bright and fun loving.
    Director National Film Archive of India (NFAI) Prakash Magdum informed, “It is the only organization under government of India which is actively working for preserving of films in India and we have preserved 30 silent films.
    He further added that we have also preserved three films from Kashmir, which includes Kashmir’s first silent film “Mainz Raat” directed by Jagjiram Pal in 1964. The other two films are Shayar-e- Kashmir Mahjoor directed by Prabhat Mukherjee in 1972 and Babaji directed by Joyti Sarup in 2001.
    Coordinator MERC Faruq Masudi, while concluding the session said, “I would like to thank faculty of FTII and MERC for conducting this workshop smoothly. And, in near future FTII in collaboration with MERC will be conducting seminars for the preparation of entrance examination of FTII. The film appreciation course was beneficial to students as it provided new insights and perspective to the film as an art form”.
    He further said that film is a strong medium for Kashmiris to present their stories to the world and course like these by FTII will hone their talent. (KPS)