Dimapur, December 9: A 3-day State level workshop on ethnography and visual documentation under the theme ‘Techniques of visual imagery’ was organized by the Department of Anthropology, Kohima Science College, Jotsoma from December 3 to 5. The workshop was sponsored by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
The workshop was organized keeping in mind the need to educate and equip the younger generation with certain skill sets on the subject of ethnography and the various technical aspects related with visual documentation which is a vital part of ethnography. The workshop aimed at acquainting the participants with theory on visual ethnography and its methods as well as the practice of filmmaking and photography.
The 3-day workshop kicked off on December 3 with a short inaugural programme which was chaired by Moasangla Jamir, convener and HoD of Department of Anthropology, Kohima Science College, Jotsoma. Dr Lily Sema, Principal of Kohima Science College (Autonomous), Jotsoma delivered the welcome address, followed by the keynote address by Dr I Anungla Aier (Rtd), Director, Higher Education. Dr Aier in her keynote address stated that the strength of ethnography lies in the use of more than one method where photography, motion picture, sketches and art are used to capture the social realities of people. She stressed that ethnography and visual documentation can collaborate actively for the better transmission of knowledge and practical solution to modern social issues.
Prof. Sibnath Deb, Director (RGNIYD), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India delivered the inaugural address live from Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. In his address, he extolled the Department of Anthropology for coming forward with the innovative theme of the workshop and acknowledged the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India for sponsoring the 3-day State level workshop.
The resource persons for the workshop were Kivini Shohe (filmmaker), Sophy Lasuh Kesiezie (filmmaker), Kekhriezhazo Miachieo (freelance photographer and part time filmmaker) and Thejanguzo Titus Pienyü (freelance filmmaker and storyteller) – all accomplished personalities in different areas of visual imagery and well-recognized for their works.
The workshop was conducted putting much emphasis on the technical aspects of visual documentation and the resource persons delved into great details regarding a number of important subjects namely aspects of documentaries, visual ethnography, photography and cinematography. The technical sessions were educative and beneficial for the 62 participants, representing different colleges, universities and freelancers, who attended the workshop. The entire workshop was monitored live from RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
On the third and final day of the workshop, respective group projects were screened and displayed in the last technical session. The workshop concluded with a valedictory session chaired by Kevilhuninuo Nagi, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology. The valedictory address was delivered by Dr Vasanthi Rajendran, Professor Training, RGNIYD, live from Tamil Nadu. She lauded Kohima Science College, Jotsoma and the Department of Anthropology, KSCJ for successfully organizing the workshop. She was very appreciative of the fact that the workshop was conducted by resource persons from the State itself, each of whom were experts in their field.
(Page News Service)