The fourth edition of the Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI 2019) got underway with its inauguration on Wednesday at the ESG complex, Panaji. The festival will showcase 9 features films and 30 films and documentaries along with interactive sessions with the children. This year three theme-based film-tracks have been introduced: ‘Future of the Ocean’, ‘Technology and Innovation’ and ‘Basic Sciences’. While speaking at the inaugural of the festival president of Vidnyan Parishad Goa, Suhas Godse said: “Science education need visual inputs for greater clarity. Films have a great appeal and effectivity in spreading a message. Identifying these potentials of films we at Vidnyan Parishad Goa have adopted a strategy of propagating the word of science through films. Our aim is for a society with a scientific attitude and scientific temper.” Highlighting the connection between the festivals and science, National Organising Secretary, Vijnana Bharati, Jayantrao Sahasrabuddhe said “We recently celebrated Makara Sankranti, is not just a tradition in our country. It indicates a change in nature which tells us something about science. So we need to understand how in India we have developed a kind of scientific awareness through festivals in our society and in this modern world, films are […]
The works of the late F.N Souza, artist, are currently on display at Sunaparanta- Goa Centre for the Arts. The artist was born in Saligao in 1924. He experienced rocky relationships with women which are reflected in his artworks. Souza was a founding member of the Progressive Artists’ Group of Bombay. He is recognized in other countries as well. Even though he faced many struggles in his personal life and career, he became successful after a period of time. The artworks on display are from the early 1940s. They depict landscapes of Goa, human figures, anatomy study sketches, village scenes, Biblical moments, and more. Mr Macklin, the director and curator of Grosvenor Gallery, London, has displayed Souza’s works, dated them, and captioned them. (The exhibition will be open for public viewing till 5 March 2019.)
“In our country, there are a lot of innovations that take place but are left unheard as they do not find a suitable platform to reach out the public. Films are a strong medium to spread the awareness on science, on what India has done and what it must do.” said the director of National Institute of Oceanography, Sunil Singh while briefing the media about the activities of the fourth edition of the Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI 2019). The event will be held from January 16-19 at the ESG Complex, Panaji and will showcase 9 features films and 30 films and documentaries. This year three theme-based film-tracks have been introduced: ‘Future of the Ocean’, ‘Technology and Innovation’ and ‘Basic Sciences’. As a part of the pre-fest activities interactions in around 125 schools were held which were based on how a career can be made out of science. Besides the films, the four day festival will offer hands-on training, workshops, film screenings accompanied interactions with renowned scientists and eminent personalities such as Dr Shekar Mande (Director Gen. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Government of India), Dr Sharmistha Banerjee, Dr Arvind Ranade (Scientist, Vigyan Prasar,New Delhi) and Dr Sumit […]
Lokotsav 2019- the festival of handicrafts and folk artists- was inaugurated at Kala Academy on 11th January. It started off with a rath entry which was followed by a cultural performance. The dignitaries received tokens of appreciation and proceeded to light the inauguration lamp. One of the dignitaries commented: “The central theme of Lokotsav is craft. (The items) are made by hand, love and natural products. After the industrial revolution, hand-made items were replaced by machine-made items. This resulted in a loss of human culture.” He felt that machines have threatened the livelihood of craftspeople and so Lokotsav is a good platform for artisans all over India. The rest of the night had beautiful performances such as Ghumar from Hariyana, Bihu dance from Assam, Veerbhadra from Goa, Mevasi from Gujarat, and more. More than 500 stalls of various handcrafted items are put up for the public to view and purchase. Govind Gaude, minister of Art & Culture, said: “Indian culture is preserved through such festivals. There are 15 states participating. We had started with 200 stalls and now we have reached almost 600 stalls.” (The festival will end on 20th January 2019) Pic Credit: Hemant Parab| NT
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