Slideshow | Expressions of Santal Art and Culture – video workshop in Birbhum (West Bengal)

Photos: Boro Baski © 2011
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A two-week workshop hosted by the Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust and R.S. Vidyashram School at Birbhum, West Bengal) was inaugurated on 7 November 2011. It familiarizes staff and students with the use of artistic and multimedia techniques in their ongoing effort to preserve, develop and share their cultural heritage.

The workshop is a fitting tribute to Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) on the occasion of his 150th anniversary. The poet, composer, painter and social reformer is known as Gurudev (Great Teacher). He took a keen interest in the audiovisual mass media that emerged during his lifetime. The internationally renowned Visva-Bharati university founded by him is the chief inspiration for the founders of the R.S. Vidyashram school. Here traditional values and modern pedagogical practice are integrated in a non-formal manner. This ensures that the learning and social needs of rural children from the Santal community receive special attention.

Inaugural ceremony: Prof. Ranjit Bhattarcharya (former Director, Anthropological Survey of India); Prof. Kumkum Bhattacharya (Director, Rabindra Bhavana, Visva-Bharati); Mr. Sanchayan Ghosh (Head, Dept. of Paintings, Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati); and Martin Kämpchen (German translator of Tagore’s work and author).

Workshop instructors: Mr. Samiran Nandy (Photographer, Visva-Bharati) and Mr. Mrinmoy Mondal (Satyajit Roy Film & Television Institute, Kolkata).

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