[Reader-list] Film-making Workshop for Physically Challenged Children held at SRFTI, KOLKATA

Sagnik Chakravartty sagnik_chakravartty at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 2 19:37:06 IST 2002

The following newsreport appeared in the Asian Age's
Kolkata Age Page of March 21, 2002.
It talks about SRFTI,KOLKATA being the first film
institute in India to organise a workshop in
film-making for the physically challenged children.

By Our Correspondent 
Kolkata, March 20
The Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute will
organise a workshop on film-making for the physically
challenged children said the institute’s director
Jatin Sarkar.  

Mr Sarkar said SRFTI this is the first such workshop
organised in the city and this will give the children
an opportunity to explore their potentials. 

The SRFTI director said the three-day workshop, to be
held at the institute campus from March 21. An
eight-member team from the institute will conduct the
workshop. They will be assisted by several city-based
NGOs along with the Children’s Film Society of India.
Though the faculty is not trained to work with such
children, it is ready to take up the challenge,
faculty member Sunetra Ghatak said. 

“This is challenging and will be a learning
experience,” she said. Mr Sarkar said the workshop
aims at developing creative potential of the
participants. “We are trying to sow seeds of a new
line of action for these children,” he said. 

He also said most people fail to understand the
aptitude of these children as they look at the
drawbacks and not the creativity. He said such
workshops will be conducted at regular intervals. “May
be one of them will end up being an exponent of Indian
cinema,” he added.


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