From Script to Screen: Srishti International Short Film Festival, Odisha

“No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” ― Ingmar Bergman

The CV Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneshwar presents to you Srishti International Short Film Festival in Odisha. This year, they would be hosting their 4th Edition of the Festival with bigger, better and brighter prospects for upcoming film-makers. Registrations have already started rolling in and participants are enrolling from all over the country. The Film Festival is scheduled to take place on the 5th and 6th of March 2018 and registrations are on until the 28th of February with a nominal participation fee of Rs 250. Further details on the film festival can be looked up on their official website.

Films are not just a source of entertainment. It is a reflection of an individual’s thought process, their philosophy, and inspirations. It is the creativity of an individual/team presented through the form of visual arts for the world to witness. The minds of today’s youth are filled with creativity and newer ways of presenting stories. Hence, the youngsters are coming up with quality short films; written, documented, acted and edited by them in a professional manner. Thus to honor the creativity of these young minds, the Jury would award among the selected movies the Best Director, Best Movie, Best Screenplay, Best Story, Best Acting and Best Graphics. Interestingly, movies today are evolving. From what was simply acting in front of the camera, movies today includes visual effects as well. Hence there is immense scope in the industry for graphic movies and special graphic-film categories have been incorporated in most film festivals to accommodate this positive change.

Srishti International Short Film Festival is a wonderful platform to hone your film-making skills and showcase your talent to hundreds of people. As is always said, winning or losing is not the main objective in life; it is the fact that one participates and gets the chance to showcase their talents. If you are a film student or make short films, then this is a wonderful opportunity to show the world what you are capable of.

Blinded by digital content platforms and online movie viewing platforms, youngsters are mostly seen hooked on their gadgets instead of finding a voice to their own imaginations, or venturing out of their homes in theatres to watch movies. Thus, this festival also aims to inculcate a film culture among today’s generation.

Kolkata Bloggers has always supported and encouraged young talents to showcase their skills. Thus, we are honored to be the online partners of such a great initiative. We invite all students who are into the art and science of film-making to take part in the Srishti International Short Film Festival; and wish the organizers all the very best, for the 4th edition of this film festival.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is a household name for his numerous children’s books. His books are comical, illustrative, adventurous, and also has subtle lessons infused in them. Before I begin writing about the story – James and the Giant Peach- I would mention that this is my first Roald Dahl read. (No, I did not read many books as a child.)

James and the Giant Peach, as the name suggests is the story of a young boy named James, who was orphaned at a young age and made to live with his nasty aunts. They spared no chances of scolding and humiliating him for the pettiest issues of all. Thus, he was growing up to be a sad troubled and lonely child, devoid of love and care.

There was no hope of a better tomorrow even though James tried much to remain optimistic. However one day his luck changed when ‘magic’ touched him. He not only made some especially unique friends but was able to successfully leave the burdened abode of his aunts to live peacefully for the rest of his days. But reaching his new home was not easy and was definitely challenging, adventurous yet fun-filled with a lifetime of experience.

James and the Giant Peach is written in simple yet alluring language; enough to capture a child’s mind. With reiteration, alliterations, and action-oriented words and descriptions, the book is bound to unleash the imaginative, creative and artistic aspect of the children. Small paragraphs coupled with brilliant illustrations by Quentin Blake and interspersed with poetry is what makes James and the Giant Peach attractive for not only children but also adults.

The book is available at your nearest bookstores and can be also bought as part of the Roald Dahl box sets. You might also want to purchase it at a good bargain at the flea markets.

*Note: James and the Giant Peach came as part of my first ever Box of Tales. Also, do check out this amazing book subscription box on Instagram. Till then Happy Reading!

Rani Padmavati by Anuja Chandramouli

Deemed to be the famous beauty of Chittor, Rani Padmavati was respected, loved, chided, looked up to as an inspiration and lusted upon. One knows about Rani Padmavati or Rani Padmini through history books and oral tales, especially in the princely States of Rajasthan. The story and her life are not unheard of, but what sets Chandramouli’s novel apart from the rest are the vivid character sketches. One gets to know who the ‘Burning Queen ‘was. The readers cannot help but appreciate the actions of Allauddin Khalji as a ruler, strategist and an invader. Maharaja  Ratan Singh too has been portrayed in many shades through the book.

Rani Padmavati has been highlighted as a woman of substance; knowledgeable, courteous, fearless, fierce and knowing how best to react under circumstances. Her unique ability to befriend people from all classes and present herself in the most respectable way to the Greatest Royalties made her loved and respected among all. Her abilities to gather knowledge from the inner sanctum of the Rajput rulers and from the gossips among the maids quenched her thirst to gather political knowledge and keep her up to date with the world beyond. In this sense, she was given an equal foothold in the patriarchal conservative world.

Ratan Singh, the ruler of Chittor was a kind-hearted man who loved his subjects and took immense care of them, even fighting for their rights whenever required. However, he was not far-sighted and did not have the iron fist with which a ruler should have ruled his Kingdom. His principles, ego, love for his wife and his subjects captured him within the walls of his city and prevented him from curtailing the advancement of foreign invasion.

Allauddin Khalji was a man most fearful, yet respected and admired. His ruthless ruling and strategic planning made him victorious each time; almost equalling him to Alexander-The Great. His unique ability to hunt down traitors, make full use of their disloyalty and later dispose of them in the most unthinkable ways invokes a feeling of disgust and yet makes him a fearfully respected character.

The discrepancies between the various Rajput clans whether it be their ego, their thirst for power, their want to prove themselves mightier than the other; prevented them from standing up against their common enemy together. This inequality became a major reason for the downfall of the Rajput’s. Interestingly, the famous tale of Khalji’s will to see the Queen and her condition of seeing merely her reflection was a missing instance in the novel. Nevertheless, the novel would not disappoint you and you would like reading it. For me, reading Rani Padmavati coincided with the release of the much controversial and much-awaited movie Padmaavat by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I could almost visualize the characters coming alive in front of my eyes.

Rani Padmavati is a beautiful re-telling of the age-old legend. What had been told orally through stories, poems, and performances; now finds a place between the pages of Chandramouli’s book. It is available at your nearest bookstores or can be purchased through Snapdeal, Amazon, and Flipkart.

*Disclaimer: I would like to Thank Author Anuja Chandramouli who sent me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Navapura: The City of Nine Gates by Subhash Iyer

Did you know when man learned swimming? Or are you aware of the time when man did not know what a deer was? Subhash Iyer’s Navapura, set in the fictional city of the same name which had been enclosed within nine gates for as long as one could remember, might be able to assist you with the answers. The King and his subjects had been happy with the Kingdom but under the Kingship of Manyu and Mahi, Navapura’s horizon saw new boundaries. The far-sighted Manyu was not satisfied to stay and rule on the basis of the traditional parameters. His thirst for knowledge was only fulfilled once he ventured out to discover the unknown.

Though Navapura deals with a hypothetical storyline; its relevance is well understood in contemporary times. King Manyu’s predecessors had always focussed on imparting one skill to a particular class of people; making them experts in mechanical vocations rather than multitasking or multi-talented human beings. Today, most people are pressurized to excel in their fields, without giving them a chance to portray other talents.

King Manyu had inherited it all from his forefathers and for quite some time was unable to figure out how to add value to the equilibrium. Similarly, children sometimes inherit it all from their parents, but their success lies in investing their principles and values into their inheritance; and turn it into something more beautiful than ever. This is just what King Manyu’s thoughtfulness, curiosity, and desire to know more did to his Kingdom.

An interesting aspect of thinking outside the box is often being misunderstood by one’s own people. Being different is a norm which takes a while to sink in. At first, people laugh, then criticise, some even think one is a mad fool but after sometime give in to a new perspective; only to reap its successful benefits. Navapura is a story of not only discovering the world beyond the nine gates literally but also discovering oneself through bodily gates created by the sense organs. The king’s patronage of equally represented individuals from every class of society dealt with the necessity of equality of humankind referring to the fact that the benefits of a new invention should be equally distributed to the world at large.

Each adventure was a symbolic representation of a thoughtful process while their travels to the jungles professed their might in taming the forest resources; it was also a metaphor for modern-day hunters and poachers of the wild. The riverside showed them the power of human inventions when necessity arose. From building rafts to boats and learning how to swim; all were thought o when requirement arose. The lush fields invited them to taste the intoxicants- poppy and tobacco- which gave them momentary pleasure. The wastelands made them ponder about the meaning of life and the way one I treated after death. The last adventure was in search of metal.It was the ultimate journey in the life of King Manyu beyond his kingdom. It leads him to discover one of the most important and valuable resources of mankind.

With each gate opening in Navapura, newer resources were added to the city. However, with these positive developments came a few negative impacts too. Some of the wildebeests create havoc in the city, poppy and tobacco had made many addicts out of the people, and most importantly the complexity of class superiority came into being.

Navapura offers holistic narration with the integration of geography with literature. Though descriptions of lands and the world are not uncommon, this novel tells the readers the beauty of Nature which needs to be discovered, harnessed and cared for; something which is almost impossible for those locked in the ivory towers of intellect. Navapura is a tale that invokes the senses, intellect, curiosity and man’s hunger for gathering knowledge and using it for his own benefits. I would recommend this book to all my readers. It is available on Flipkart and Amazon.

*Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Navapura by NotionPress Publications in exchange for an honest review.

The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984 by Vikram Kapur

The 1980’s were turbulent times in the history of India. After the Hindu-Muslim the country had not quite recovered from the Partition around three decades ago when the 1980’s saw fresh communal uprisings between Hindus and Sikhs. Under the Prime Ministership of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Operation Blue Star had taken place. This included the army marching into the Golden Temple, one of the most religious places of worship for the Sikhs community. To top it all, Mrs. Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards who were Sikhs, a few years after the Operation. The Assassinations is set against this communal disharmony.

Vikram Kapur takes immense care of not making the book preachy in a History Book format. Instead, he cleverly weaves in a love story -an inter-religious love story- between a Hindu girl and a Sikh boy to narrate the consequences of this National political scenario in the lives of innocent people. It tells the tale of an engaged couple and their families, who face the wrath of the communal adversities. At times, society influences people to change and this change affects the ones close to the individual in many different ways. This is exactly what happened in the life of Deepa and Prem, the protagonists of the novel.

The Assassinations is a very symbolic title. Not only were innocent people assassinated during Operation Blue Star; but also Mrs. Gandhi a few years after. But a lot more was slain apart from the people. Friendship, love, trust, faith, belief, innocence and above all humanity were assassinated. The entire Sikh community was abandoned, insulted and vigorously put to death in the most inhuman ways. The vivid imageries of these atrocities portrayed by worded descriptions are enough to make one’s bile churn.

Religion and Community are deep-rooted virtues in the life of an individual. One may seem to be an atheist, but come a calamity and one’s true allegiance is displayed. Taking advantage of this vulnerable aspect, especially among the hot-blooded youths, the militants started recruiting young men by playing with their beliefs. The fragility of the situation is often not grasped by these unaware youth and they find themselves trapped in dire situations, from whence there is no return.

The Assassinations revive the ground realities of communal imbalance due to political developments. Though the disturbance is a phase and with time, it disappears, only to be retold as tales or written in history books; but the shadows of suffering, injustice, loss, and death linger long after. The horrors, if experienced up front are too fresh to be ever forgotten, though its impact may lessen with time.

This is a novel that I would recommend all to read. History interspersed with a love story, in a crisp, well-structured and easy to understand language; is what sets this book apart from any other. The Assassinations is available at your nearest bookstores or can be purchased online via Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal.

*Disclaimer: I was sent a review copy of The Assassinations by Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review.

Conversations with Sudipto Das on The Aryabhata Clan and More

Sudipto Das author of The Ekkos Clan and the recently published Aryabhata Clan was in town where I had the opportunity to meet him and engage with him in an interesting discussion about his book, love for literature and linguistic paleontology. His ability to derive validated historical facts and stories and churn out a contemporary relatable novel out of it is commendable. Going by the genre, he is definitely compared to other authors but he accepts comparison with smiles and explains how his book is similar yet different from other writers in this genre. Here are the excerpts from our conversation.

What inspired you to write?

During the 90’s the trend was to play an instrument and write a song. Since I used to play the violin it was not possible for me to compose a song, but had I been playing the guitar, this would have been done too. I thought that I should do something which would have my unique signature, which would be completely my creation. Then I thought that I can write a book; because it is tougher to be a music composer. Also, if you notice Bangla literature is so strong but nothing has been written specifically about Bangla partition. There has been work on Post Partition traumas but nothing specifically on the Partition as such. I used to hear stories of the Partition from my pishi (paternal aunt) and they were still fresh in my mind decades later. I did some authentication and background research on those stories. Thus, when I thought of writing I thought I would pen it down but not directly make it into a Partition story. It was coupled with linguistics, Aryan History, and many others.

Tell me something about the Aryabhata Clan.

With Aryabhata Clan I went a little ahead than Ekkos Clan. It deals with Aryabhata and Kalidasa among many others. It is rich in Medieval Indian History during the 580 AD. When I was reading Aryan History, my interest grew in the Sanskrit Language. During this time, I also researched on Prakrit Languages. This book finds a reflection of the history of all the languages of that era.

Having studied Engineering, what made you pursue writing or Social Arts?

I love to read a lot of books. Anybody who reads a lot of books would have an artistic bend of mind.Moreover, I love music as well. Once you start loving literature and arts, you automatically imbibe that artistic bend of mind, no matter if you are an engineer by academics and profession.

Also, most writers have their own profession apart from writing. Some authors who are now full-time writers also pursued their professions early in life. Similarly, being an engineer but having kept myself in that atmosphere of creative arts I have imbibed these skills. I don’t mind seeing myself as a full-time writer in future. In fact, I will be more than happy.

Coming back to cryptology, Dan Brown seems to be a prominent figure in cryptic fiction. What do you think sets your book apart from the way he portrays his cryptology?

I have not used Cryptology in the technical sense. I have used linguistic paleontology. While Dan Brown has used Symbology.Cryptology is used by RAW, CIA, and others. Cryptology is an encryption which needs to be decoded. Most intelligence agencies in the world use this method. This is a very generic term in this case.

Palaeontology is the science of recreating the past through fossils.  At times, modern contemporary languages might also have some linguistic fossil. Sometimes, age-old words survive which have failed to evolve. Holding on to those words, linguistic paleontology tries to create the history/origin of that language.

For example, the word Hindu is derived from Sindhu. This word Sindhu has given identity to an entire sub-continent – its language, religion etc. Sindhu is not a Sanskrit word. After research, it has been found that in Kashmir, many unrelated rivers are called Sindhu. Finally, it was found that in POK there is a language called Burushaski which is soon to be extinct. It is a language isolate. In this language, the term river is called Sindha. Then people started connecting Sindha to Sindhu and further research revealed more about the history of the region, the language, the society and much more.

Over and again, the theory of a famous Islamic monument being a prominent Hindu Temple has been broached. How far do you as a person accept or reject this claim?

The truth is that the land belonged to Raja Jai Singh of Rajasthan, whose grandfather was given the land by Akbar. During Shah Jahan’s rule, the entire region used to belong to Jai Singh; and he actually bought the land. But the presence of Hindu Temple has not been historically validated yet. But there are lots of Hindu Motifs in the monument. This is because most of the builders were  Hindu. Moreover, Mughal architecture is a confluence of various cultures. I think the presence of Hindu elements has its own reasons, not like a temple was demolished to build another structure. My main problem is the way History is narrated. It is always narrated to hide something; it denies acceptance of truth.

Tell us something about your next book and when are we expecting it?

The next book is one which I had already started co-authoring with someone. It is an intense and passionate story about lesbianism in the 60’s. Lesbianism is still seen as a taboo in the society and not spoken of as openly as being gay. It is a book from my heart and I am working on it.

I wish the author Best Wishes for his upcoming endeavors. A Review of The Aryabhata Clan would soon be published on my blog.

 

Global Shapers Organises Shaping Kolkata for a Sustainable Tomorrow

In an age where educational institutions are shut down in the capital city of India due to smog and air pollution; migratory birds are altering their routes; wetlands are being dissolved to give way to corporate houses or residential areas; and trees are being felled in order to accommodate more people; The Kolkata Hub of the Global Shapers Community is engaging the youth in order to come up with sustainable solutions for the variety of ever increasing and threatening problems around us. An Initiative of the World Economic Forum; the community believes in placing the trust in the hands of the future and hence engages today’s youth to brainstorm and produce SMART solutions to the ongoing problems. An abbreviated word, SMART can be expanded to mean Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound.

Kolkata is not only a city which is rich in heritage and culture; but also a city with a gorgeous environment. However, as is the case with most parts of the world, its environment is rapidly degrading. Each year new challenges are being faced. These challenges are in tandem with the seventeen challenges discussed by the United Nations General Assembly on 25th September 2015. Hence, the urge to involve the youngsters by Global Shapers to freely discuss their ideas and innovations to carve a path for a sustainably developed future.

Shaping Kolkata an initiative of the Global Shapers is a competition for the college and university students. Students had to come up with innovative ideas and submit their proposals. The best projects would be announced by the 12th of February. They would then be further invited for pitching their ideas on the 17th -18th February. On the first day, the pitchers would be guided by mentors to modify and concretize their ideas. On the second day, they would be given a time limit in which they would have to present their final pitch which would be judged. These experts would be from the field of social enterprises, start-up accelerators and incubators. The Kolkata Hub mentors would be available for the students who would be interested to turn their ideas into fool-proof projects outside the prospects of the competition.

Shaping Kolkata is a wonderful platform to voice one’s opinions and give their environmentally and socially aware minds, a push. According to a study, the average age of a person in India is 29 years. Thus, if the young minds below thirty years can ideate solutions to tomorrow’s problems, not only would the environment and the society benefit from it; but they would themselves achieve miles by turning their passion into entrepreneurial ventures.

Shapers Meeting, Kolkata Photo Courtesy: Global Shapers Kolkata Hub

Global Shapers are a community formed by leaders below thirty years. They inspire other members of the society to take active steps and build a better tomorrow- locally, regionally and globally. Global Shapers have a base in 156 countries with over 6000 members working actively for its ventures. The leaders are chosen on the basis of leadership quality, passion, dedication and ability to ideate out-of-the-box solutions for the benefit of the society. They come from all walks of the life: researchers, entrepreneurs, social media influencers, fashion designers, corporate leaders and the like.

This year, Kolkata Bloggers is proud to be associated with the Global Shapers as its online partners. Kolkata Bloggers has always supported social causes and events from which the ecosystem of the city and beyond would benefit. Thus, it is honored to be associated with Kolkata Shapers where young minds come up with logical and sustainable solutions to some of the most serious problems at hand today.

Photo Courtesy: Global Shapers, Kolkata Hub

Sabarna Sangrahashala hosts International History and Heritage Exhibition

“It [Kolkata] is a city that is perpetually caught between what was and what could be. And everyone in the city is drowned in nostalgia about the place even when they’re there”- Anonymous

The City of Joy is a unique amalgamation of the past and the present. Nestled between the sky rises of modern architectural wonders, the people and this city have still preserved its past. Most streets and residential areas in Kolkata would see a combination of ultra-modern housing facilities as well as old colonial architectural residential buildings coexisting under the sun. The land of Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Sukumar Ray, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and many others still preserve the yesteryear flavors amidst the newer generation. One such heritage household in Kolkata is the Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar.

Each year, they throw open the doors of their ancestral household to numerous people from all over Calcutta and beyond and welcome them to Kolkata’s first ever household museum, Sabarna Sangrahashala which houses rare articles and artifacts of historical significance.  The 13th edition of the International History and Heritage Exhibition held every year in the month of February would be held from 4th to 7th February 2018 from 10 am to 9 pm. Interestingly; the idea of the family Museum and Exhibition came from the need of aiding research students and scholars and promoting awareness of preservation of one’s heritage.

This year, The International History and Heritage Exhibition focus on unpublished letters of historical figures. The theme country is Thailand. Retrospective section shall be on legendary film actor Bhanu Bandhopadhyay and singer Satya Chowdhury. A gallery on the topic Terracotta of Bengal will be an added attraction. Apart from hosting the exhibition itself, there are cultural night and guided tours through the event as well as two Quiz competitions-BarisharSabjanta and Nostalgia’18 – for students and quiz enthusiasts. The annual hand-written Magazine Saptarshi is also published during this time. Earlier, the occasion had been graced by Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Sandip Ray, Gautam Ghose, Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Bickram Ghose and many others.

This year Kolkata Bloggers is honored to be the online partners for this noble cause. Our representatives would attend the Exhibition and we request all of you to attend it as well. It is an opportunity to discover and cherish the rich cultural heritage of Kolkata.

Location: Sabarna Sangrahashala

Address: Saptarshi Bhawan, Baro Bari, 67/3, Diamond Harbour Road, Barisha, Kolkata, West Bengal 700008. (Bus Stop- Barisha Sakherbazar)

Date: 4th-7th February

Time: 10 am -9 pm

Photographs Courtesy: Sabarno Sangrahashala

Spring fest Set to Rock the Nation yet Again!

Come Spring and colleges from all over the country eagerly await the announcement of Spring fest, the annual Fest of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT KGP). What started as an intra-college fest in 1960, is today one of the year’s most awaited events throughout the Nation. In fact, the 2018 Spring fest is the 59th edition of the same. This year, the overall theme for the Fest is Tribal Treble- A Primeval Folklore. It will be held from the 26th to 28th of January.

For those who are new to Spring fest, must not mistake it for a tech-fest only. Events range from music, dance, dramatics, Literary, Food Fest, Film Fest and many others. All details regarding the events can be found on the official website.

Apart from the events, one of the main attractions each year is the guest performances by celebrities. Earlier, Spring fest has been graced by the presence of celebrities like Arman Malik, Vishal Shekhar, Dead by April and many more.

Special mention must be made of the able team that has worked round the clock to put together this festival of National repute. Preparations begin months before the culmination of the actual event. From planning the central theme and the events to locking in the final dates; from approaching sponsors to finalizing judges, from sending out invitations to colleges all over India to arranging accommodation wherever applicable; all have been efficiently undertaken by the Festival team. The sheer passion and dedication of the students towards their work and co-curricular activities are what has made Spring fest so popular over the years.

This year, Kolkata Bloggers would yet again collaborate with Spring fest for two different events- A Mighty Pen and India Calling. Both events are literary events which have a social inclination to it. While Mighty Pen is all about your views on the LGBT Community; India Calling revolves around the important question regarding directorial freedom in contemporary India. The judges from Kolkata Bloggers are eagerly waiting to see the rationale coupled with creativity in the presentations made by the students participating in these events.

Photo Courtesy: IIT Kharagpur

I wish like to wish the entire management team of Spring fest all the luck and success for pulling off yet another edition of this festival. Hoping to collaborate in future too.

Photo Courtesy: IIT Kharagpur

Lions Clubs Organise Lensethon for Photo Enthusiasts

Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
— Anonymous 
On 21st of January, a team of 7 young, enthusiastic photographers went on a Photo walk conducted by the Lions Club of Rabindra Sarovar called Lensethon. The idea of a photo walk based on the theme Social Responsibility stemmed from the minds of the organizers due to a large number of youths associated with the Club. Moreover, photo walk enables an individual to meet like-minded people, bond over their common passion for photography – be it on mobile or DSLR, exchange tips to take photographs and share experiences and feedback. Thus, the entire team met in front of Menoka Cinema at 9 am and walked the entire stretch of the Rabindra Sarobar Lake till the walk ended at Golpark. Numerous stills were captured by the photographers and the in-house team.

The rules of Lensethon were very simple.

  1. Come for the walk.
  2. Take photographs on the theme: Social Responsibility
  3. Submit the photographs by day end without edits / with minimum edits on the official e-mail id.
  4. There was a registration fee of Rs 50 per submitted photograph.

Further, since many of the interested candidates could not join the photo walk, Lensethon was made open to online submissions as well. The rules were all the same. The photographs were judged individually in two separate categories – Online Submissions and Offline Participation. The jury consisted of Lion Swati Goswami (President) , Lion Saikat Dasgupta (Treasurer) , and Dhrubojyoti Bose ( Photographer).

Photography is all about interpreting the theme in your own way. That is exactly what the participants did, and the results were declared on the 24th of January. The winning photographs and their interpretations are discussed below.

Serenity by ARIJEET DUTTA,
1st Runner Up,
Theme – Social Responsibility,
Mobile Category

The Lions Clubs International is a leading organization with teams in every major city of the world. They believe in striving to make the global community a better place and organize various programs throughout the year to do so. Since the Club primarily aims in taking the first step in trying to make the society a better place by enlightening the people of various issues that needs immediate looking after; Social Responsibility was an apt theme for the photo competition. Moreover as Robert Frank said, “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” Thus, the photo walk was one of their successful ventures for 2018. There will be much more to follow.

In Kolkata, I have been associated with the Lions Clubs for quite some time now and have taken part in three of their projects. I hope to continue to assist them in the future as well. If you would like to know more about the Club or want to receive regular updates regarding the events taking place keep in touch with Saheli Chakraborty, The Facebook Page and Me!