Guwahati salutes Zubeen Garg, RJ Raj, Karishma, Film-maker Bidyut Kotoky (As The River Flows) and more

Pune, Maharashtra, November 1, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire/ -- "Education needs to cross the campus frontiers and get integrated with life and work on ground, calling for multi-skilling, bottom-line sensitivity and handling diverse situations," noted the Managing Editor of News Live, Syed Zareer Hussain inaugurating along with the Reliance Vice President CR Deka, the Guwahati chapter of Media Mind-prints 2010 here today.

Echoing the ethos of ISB&M School of Communication stressing on experiential learning, Zareer and Deka under-scored the need to learn the basics and evolve to practise the same at the same time. Deka further explained the complimentary nature of mass and tele-communications and how one feeds the other.

Closing the inaugural session, Brahmakumari Panchatama explored the power of mind, the self, positive force and the need to have a journey inside each one of us ourselves as we have a journey in the outer world, and took the young audience through a guided session of meditation.

Media Mind-prints in Guwahati, the fifth city in the series of twenty-five such events, honoured the three young icons of communication in the region, singer Zubeen Garg, RJ Raj of Big FM and news-anchor Karishma of News Live for their commendable work over the last decade in the field of media. The winners talked about their journey of work and life receiving the awards. The awards were given away by Prof David Paul Henebury of Netherlands and noted singer Shanta Uzir, popularly known as the Lata of the Northeast, who also sang three songs for the assembled 500 odd enthusiastic youth audience, coming from Guwahati University, Handique College, B Barua College, Guwahati Commerce College, Cotton College, and several other leading schools and colleges of the city.


Kicking off the Green Panel, noted zoologist P C Bhattacharya gave a moving account of how human settlements and aggrandizement are killing elephant movement corridors and the habitat of many other animals and creating a situation of grave man-animal conflict in the country and Northeast in particular. He lamented that while three decades ago there was no case of rhino poaching in Assam, the greed emanating from the knowledge of the international market-prices of horns of rhino has now led to an impossible life for the endangered species.

Aranyaak conservationist Ajoy K Das also explained the need to change the legal framework for conservation in India along with simultaneously effectively implementing what we already have as law in this domain.

Prof Henebury stressed the need for exploring the renewable sources of energy to meet the growing need for power in this country and asked each young person in the audience to contemplate, "How green is my country?"

To this, the Executive Director of ISB&M School of Communication, Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury, quipped that while almost 98% of India's energy needs come from non-renewable and unsustainable sources like the coal, oil, natural gas, large dams, nuclear, et al, it is surprising that still only 2% comes from the truly conventional, sustainable and renewable sources like solar, wind, bio-mass, et al. He called for Individual Social Responsibility to reduce the use of water, electricity, fossil fuel, and increase the use of public transport, bicycle, and solar power in each home.

Post sumptuous lunch, the afternoon session focussed on explosion of media, which, according to the Consultant Editor of Times Now, Wasbir Hussain, is due to right to expression, rise of the middle class, higher Northeast literacy rate than the national average, and is welcome phenomenon. He did express his apprehensions of the financial viability of some of these media initiatives in the region, though did feel that the combined effect of all of these would be positive in creating a more communicative and transparent society in the region.

Film producer Ashok Jhuria urged every communicator in news or films to be cautious about the point of view or perspective s/he represents since that creates the world-view of many and colours 'the perceived truth' of the audience of the content created.

Prof Henebury in the second presentation of his took up the issue of basic focus areas of news media today, Europe or India, and questioned the celebrity obsession and erosion of right to privacy in many cases.

The young film-maker Bidyut Kotoky for the first time premiered the latest promo of his film, As the River Flows, and made a case for sensitively depicting the ethos of a society and culture through cinema, without necessarily compromising the value of its entertainment.

His National Film award winning documentary, Bhraimoman Theatre: When Othello sails with Titanic, was screened in the event.

Rock-band Deluzion ended the infotaining day with a scintillating performance of music and songs till late evening.

- India PRwire