16th November 2018 (ICAN Day 1)
Indian Cinema and Alternative Networks: INAUGURAL SESSION ICAN 2
An international conference on Indian Cinema and Alternative Networks- ICAN2 2018 organized by Delhi Metropolitan Education (DME) Media School en masse with School of Communication and Creative Arts of Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia was inaugurated on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Silver Oak Lawn, Indian Habitat Centre, Delhi.
The conference was graced with the presence of Chief Guest Mr. Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India and Special Guest Mr.Vivek Vaswani, a celebrated Film Actor, Producer, and Director.
The event commenced with lamp lighting and Ganesh Vandana. Mr. Aman Sahni, Vice Chairman, DME addressed and welcomed the dignitaries, presenters and media persons. He focused on the growth and prosperity of India-Australia cultural relationship in context with Indian cinema.
Conference Conveners, Prof. (Dr.) Susmita Bala Head, DME Media School, and Dr. Vikrant Kishore, Course Director- Film, TV & Animation, Deakin University welcomed everyone and expressed gratitude for their presence. To introduce the conference, a curtain raiser film was showcased and a newsletter complementing the same was prepared by students of DME Media School which presented major highlights of ICAN2.
Ms. Ravneet Pahwa, Dy VP (Global Engagement) & CEO (South Asia), Deakin University emphasized reinforcing strong cultural ties between India and Australia through activities like an academic conference. Honorable Mr. Justice Bhanwar Singh, Director General, DME shared his knowledge about regulations followed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and its role in the evolution of Indian Cinema.
‘Indian Cinema to a certain extent has depicted the importance of education to develop a socialistic and secular country’, says Mr. Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State for HRD. He expressed his viewpoint on the content evolution of Indian Cinema and its impact on the public. Dr. Sean Redmond, Professor, Deakin University presented his research on the depiction of romance in Indian cinema with the film ‘Raja Hindustani’. He further accented about the collection garnered by Indian films in the Indian and global market. Dr. Vikrant Kishore discussed the scope of alternate networks.
A vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Ambrish Saxena, Dean, DME Media School and Conference Advisor, ICAN2. He discussed the upcoming events of the conference which shall include technical sessions, plenary sessions, and workshops. He expressed his overwhelmed gratitude to Deakin University and the entire fraternity of DME Media School for their cooperation.
Indian cinema is not only popular in India but also all over the world. However, the kind of impact it has on public and younger generation raises a question. All the distinguished writers and research scholars should emphasize how these films are scripted and do they correspond to our Indian culture. Thus films should inspire and promote Indian Culture, which is the need of the hour.
-Mr. Satya Pal Singh
(Minister of State for HRD, GOI)
Deakin University has been the first university to set up an office in India 25 years ago. As Deakin, President of Australia stated that Australia’s connection with India is going to be greater as compared to the rest of the world. Deakin University is pleased to associate with Indian Cinema, as cinema depicts the culture and determines the progress of the state.
-Ms. Ravneet Pahwa
(Dy VP (Global Engagement) & CEO (South Asia), Deakin University)
A film like ‘Raja Hindustani’ shows that expression of love in Indian cinema, meant songs and hyperbolic monologues. One can say that a Hindi romantic comedy can communicate with its romantic flavor, drama, heroism, emotions, tension and this gives an Indian flavor.
Dr. Sean Redmond
(Professor, Deakin University)
The main agenda of this conference is to promote the Australia-India relationship. Therefore, it is important to know that Australia has become one of the prime destinations for Indians and this further enhances the international bonding. Hence such international relationships are required for global development.
-Dr. Vikrant Kishore
(Conference Convener, ICAN2)
Indian Cinema has reached a global platform through the use of alternative networks like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Jio Cinema, Voot and many more. Therefore, the main aim of the conference is to establish an India-Australia relationship with the aspect of Indian cinema.
-Mr. Aman Sahni
(Vice Chairman, DME)
The Copyright law has been amended six times since 1957 and the latest amendment took place in 2012. These amendments have been very beneficial for Indian Cinema. Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which regulates the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act 1952 plays a vital role in Indian cinema today.
-Honorable Justice Bhanwar Singh
(Director General, DME)
We wanted to do a serious academic exercise taking Cinema into consideration and that is how we conceived the idea of ICAN2 Indian Cinema and Alternate Network. We wanted to focus on deliberations of serious issues of cinema. For the conference, we will have 8 Technical sessions, 3 workshops, and 2 plenary sessions.
-Prof. (Dr.) Ambrish Saxena
(Conference Advisor, ICAN2)
17th November 2018 (ICAN 2)
Media academicians from India and Australia discuss cinema at DME
ICAN2 2018-Indian Cinema & Alternate Networks organized by Delhi Metropolitan Education (DME) Media School in collaboration with Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia was formally opened on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
The event commenced with the screening of a curtain raiser film to highlight the conference. Prof. (Dr.) Susmita Bala, Conference Convener, ICAN2 addressed and welcomed the dignitaries, presenters, media persons, faculty members and students with sheer gratitude.
Chief Guest Mr. Vivek Vaswani, a celebrated film actor, producer and director enlightened the gathering about the huge gap between cinema as a subject and cinema as a profession. While differentiating Hollywood and Bollywood, he explained that the source of funds determine the kind of cinema which is produced.
Dr. Vikrant Kishore, course director- film, TV and animation, Deakin University and also the conference convener, ICAN2 emphasized on the Indian Cinema and its distinguished narrative style. Dr. Sean Redmond, Professor, Deakin University expressed his fondness for Indian Cinema especially for the movie ‘Raja Hindustani’.
Dr. John Cumming, Associate Convener, ICAN2 acknowledged the efforts and zeal of students and faculty members. He underlined the importance of such conferences for networking and encouraged on the focus given to women participation in the industry.
Prof. (Dr.) Ambrish Saxena, Conference Advisor, ICAN2 conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the Deakin University for their requisite support for the conference. Dr. Ravikant Swami, Director, DME discussed the relevance of the term ICAN and its meaning.
Ms. Devina Gupta, reporter from BBC news, laid emphasis on how social media plays a key part in getting the stories by the means of her presentation. The event was followed by a documentary on #MeToo made by the DME students. Lastly, Dr. Parul Mehra, Head second shift, DMS presented her vote of thanks.
PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FILMMAKING: MARKS COMMENCEMENT OF CINEMATIC THEORIES
Film making like any other art is a very profound means of human communication which depicts true stories and emotions.
To discuss various aspects of cinema in regards with personal alternative film-making, the first workshop of ICAN2 was jointly organized by DME Media School and School of Creative Arts and Communication, Deakin University on the topic Personal Alternative Filmmaking.
The workshop was conducted by Dr. John Cumming, Senior Faculty- Film, Television and Animation School of Communications and Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. He is also an independent film maker and has served as President of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association.
Dr. Cumming started the workshop by involving participants in various task. Participants were asked to go through a brain storming exercise of expressing their viewpoint on why people make films.
He asked them to interact with each other, sharing their experiences about the act of kindness they have witnessed in life. He further asked them to discuss the injustices prevailing in the society.
During his course of discussion he also laid emphasis on issues like professional-model narrative films, documentary filmmaking and experimental film making.
In this workshop, various films were screened to the audience, to give a detailed overview of filmmaking. The movie titled- Simple Chair produced by James Terry and Emily Love made by Deakin University were showcased in the workshop.
Further Dr. Cumming discussed various social issues like injustice faced by humans and portrayal of such issues in cinema.
While discussing films in terms of production value, Dr Cumming elaborated personal approach, structural approach and dialectal approach.
Dr Cummingalso discussed various cinematic approaches like Structural approach and Dialectical approach through films produced by Deakin University.
At last the session was open for the audience to present their views on personal alternative filmmaking.
Technical Session 1: Women Centric Films in Bollywood
The first technical session of ICAN2 kick started with discussion on the Women Centric Films in Bollywood. The session was chaired by Mr. Nimish Kapoor, Scientist ‘E’ and Head, Science Films Division Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and was co-chaired by Dr. Saad Ullah Khan, Assistant Professor, School of Media and Communication, Manipal University, Jaipur.
Papers on different themes were presented in the conference. Some of them were ‘Bhartiya Cinema Mei Mahilaye Aur Unka Chitran’, Liberated women of Bollywood: An analysis of Coming of Age women-centric films, Content Evolution & Criticism: A study based on women centric films of Bollywood, Condoning the Cinematic Gaze: Addressing the fountainhead of sexism and gender related transgressions, Has Hindi Cinema Come of Age? Representation of Women Centric Issues in Contemporary Times and Woman and burden of post-coloniality: The courtesan film genre (1960-1990).
The best paper presenter award was shared by Ms. Jenitta Sabu and Dr. Kanwaljit Singh.
Technical Session 2: Indian Society and Women in Bollywood
Technical session 2 commenced on the theme Indian Society and Women in Bollywood. It was chaired by Dr. Shahid Rasool, senior academician, researcher and director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi.
Malvika Singh, Research Scholar, Amity University, Noida presented a paper titled, Bollywood and social transformation: A thematic analysis of Padman.
Vishal Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, CTIHS, Punjab presented the second research paper on Hybrid generic movies breaking stereotypes: Special focus to PK, Toilet Ek Prem Katha and Padman.
Dr. Manasvini M. Yogi, OSD, DSJ, Delhi University, Delhi presented her paper on Role of Father in Hindi Cinema: Exploring power relations in Indian society through cinematic lens of Bollywood. She bagged the best presenter award for the session.
Technical Session 3: Indian Cinema in Digital Age
The third technical session titled ‘Indian Cinema in Digital Age’ was chaired by Dr. Asad Nizam, Filmmaker and Deputy Director, Electronic Media Production Centre, IGNOU. The session was co-chaired by Mr. Vishal Sahai, Senior Faculty and Programe Coordinator, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi.
The first paper was presented by Himanshu Singh, Research Scholar, National Archives of India. The topic of his paper was Indian Cinema in the Age of Internet. Ramendra Nath Verma, PhD Research Scholar, Sharda University, Greater Noida, presented his paper on ‘Indian cinema in the Age of Internet’. The third paper was presented by Yogita Swami, Research Scholar, Manipal University. The title of her paper was ‘Changing trend of Indian cinema revisit’.
The best paper presenter was awarded to Ramendra Nath Verma,
Technical Session 4
The fourth technical session was based on the theme Cinema and Alternative Platforms. The Chairperson for this technical session was Dr. OP Dewal, Senior broadcaster and Associate Professor, IGNOU, New Delhi and was co-chaired by Mr. Vijay Sharma, Former Journalist and Senior Faculty, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, IMS Noida.
The first paper was presented by Dr. Sharmila Kayal, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Adamas University, Kolkata, West Bengal on the title – Streaming platforms as Stand-alone platforms- A Cable TV Alternative: Analytical study about paradigm shift of gratification in special reference to Kolkata, West Bengal
It was followed by a paper presentation on the topic- Film analysis through a web of networks: A paradigm shift on writings about regional films by Manish Prakash, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication and New Media, Central University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir.
The third paper was presented by Dr. Poonam Gaur, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and New Media Studies, IGNOU on Impact of Mobile Technology on consumption of Hindi cinema in rural areas.
While Divyani Redhu, Research Scholar, University School of Mass Communication, GGSIPU, New Delhi presented a paper on Alternate film streaming platforms and youth preferences in Delhi-NCR: An Analysis, Mr. Kamal Pant, Assistant Professor (Visiting), ZIMA, Noida, Uttar Pradesh expressed his opinion through a paper titled ‘Bollywood Ka Bhartiya Samaj Par Asar’.
The sixth paper was presented by Ms. Sudarshana Bishnoi, Researcher Scholar, Department of English, Govt. Dungar College Bikaner, Rajasthan on topic Treatment of Sex and Sexuality in Deepa Mehat’s Fire. The session ended on a paper presentation by Ms. Ruma Saha, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication on Bollywood in Australia: Analysis of Genre Having Maximum Impact.
Dr. Poonam Gaur and Ms. Divyani Redhu bagged the best paper presenter award.
PLENARY SESSION 1: REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN INDIAN CINEMA
“Female characters have always struggled very hard in the industry. It was always the hero who was focused upon.”
These were the words of Ms. Shubhra Gupta, who enlightened the audience with her contemplative thoughts and facts on the topic ‘Representation of Women in Indian Cinema’ at ICAN2 2018 plenary session. The session was held on November 17, 2018 at Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
The discussion came in action with Ms. Bano’s bold and beautiful poem ‘Mother India’, in which she wrote about many prominent female characters, and the impact they have left in the society. Shubhra Gupta described cinema as the youngest art form in the planet and explained how it evolved from still photography to cinematography. She expressed her concern by saying that the number of movies showcasing women empowerment is very limited. Ms. Gauri Chakraborty agreed to the statement by adding that cinema is just a ‘tip of the iceberg, and it has taken much time to reach the point’.
On the other hand, Dr. Namrata showed an optimistic view in the discussion by saying, ‘the status of women in the society is reflected in cinemas’. Her vibrant thought about the raising empowerment brought some cheers to the audience. The question of self-sacrificing portrait of a woman was also raised on the desk along with some contradictory movie examples like Pink, Piku, Queen etc. The informative discussion came to an end with the question answer round.
PLENARY SESSION 2: GLOBAL SCENARIO AND CHANGING FACE OF INDIAN CINEMA
Indian cinema has come a long way in the last two centuries. All in all, it has been a long story of nearly nine decades and so we have experienced a vast change in it. The changing face of Indian Cinema is now visible on global level.
For discussing this topic, a plenary session was conducted in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of Delhi Metropolitan Education (DME). Mr. Vivek Vaswani, eminent actor, producer and director, Dr. Vikrant Kishore, Course Director, Film Television and Animation, Deakin University and Mr. Ashok Purang, actor, producer, graced the session with their presence. It was moderated by Ms. Nancy Kohli, Anchor, Doordarshan News.
Mr. Vivek started the session with his opinion about the evolution of Indian Cinema. While talking about his experience of shooting ‘Raju Bann Gaya Gentelman’, Mr. Vaswani informed that technology was very different during the time of its shoot. “Now the technology has changed drastically”, he said.
Dr. Vikrant agreed to his point and continued by drawing attention towards the soft culture power brought by Indian Cinema. Mr. Ashok shared his personal experience of film making where he emphasized on his film that did not do well in Indian cinema but did great in South Korea, California and many other countries.
The session continued with the Question Answer segment where many questions were raised and the experts answered enthusiastically. The session ended on a knowledgeable note.
DME pays tribute to Indian Cinema through cultural performances in ICAN2
The second day of ICAN2 galvanized with the entreating dance and music performances. The Nelson Mandela Auditorium of DME was thrilled with blare of applause and enthusiasm in the presence of Ms. Kiran Sahni, Mr. Aman Sahni, Prof. (Dr.) Ambrish Saxena, Prof. (Dr.) Susmita Bala, Dr. Vikrant Kishore and Dr. John Cumming, Mr Vivek Vaswani and Dr. Sean Redmond.
Students of DME Media School showcased their talent in singing, dance and drama. It was inaugurated by a gracious Saraswati Vandana followed by a folk dance performance by Fitoor, Dance society of DME.
The highlight of the event was a musical performance- giving tribute to 60 years of Indian cinema by Alankar DME music society. A Kathak performance given by a first year student took all hearts away.
DME theater society ‘Tabeer’ presented a play from biopic of Manto “Aaina”. The performance of the students earned huge applauses.
The event ended with a classical performance by Ms. Anupama Kadpal (Classical Vocalist), Mr. Ashique Upadhyay (Harmonium Player) and Mr. Manish Rawat (Tabla Player).
18th November 2018 (ICAN Three)
Technical Session 5: Indian Cinema and the West’
Technical Session 5 commenced with the theme ‘Indian Cinema and the West’. It was chaired by Dr. Namrata Joshi, Head, Journalism and Mass Communication Department, Guru Nanak Dev University Regional Campus, Jalandhar, Punjab. There were six presenters in this session.
The First presenter for the session was Mr. Rajib Nandy, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Title of his paper was Connecting India and West in Malayalam CIA movie: A cultural analysis of Love, Politics and Border. Dr. Anuja Bagchi, Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, Gurudas College, Kolkata, West Bengal then presented her paper on Weimer cinema and early Indo-German collaboration.
Dr. Aman Vats, Associate Professor, Amity School of Film and Drama, Amity University, Noida and Dr. Amaresh Jha, Assistant Professor, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh were the third presenters of this session. They presented their Research paper on From ‘Logic of Sensation’ to ‘Distribution of Sensible’: Identifying ‘Excitons’ in Cinema and Senses.
The third paper was presented by Aadil Yousf Bhat, Student, Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Chandigarh University, Punjab. The title of his paper was 2017-Year of Heroine: Women centric films of Bollywood.
Dr. Dhiraj Shukla, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism, Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand presented his research paper on the topic Impact of Neo-realism Movement in Indian Cinema (Study based on Bollywood Films)
The last presenter of the session was Ms. Sehba Ali, Freelancer, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh and she presented her paper on the topic Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: An analysis.
The best presenter award was shared by Dr. Aman Vats, Dr. Amaresh Jha and Dhiraj Shukla.
Technical Session 6: Cinema in Indian Sub-Continent’
Technical Session 6 of ICAN2 titled Cinema in Indian Sub-Continent was chaired by Dr. Kanwaljit Singh, Assistant Professor, CAMS, Punjab University, Patiala. There were eight presenters in this session.
The first paper was presented by Ms. Nidhi Suryavanshi, Student, ITMI, Noida, Uttar Pradesh on the topic Studying approach of Indian community towards Indian cinema of different periods.
The second paper was presented by Ms. Smriti Bajaj, Student, DME Media School, Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, Uttar Pradesh on the topic Effect of watching A certified movies on children: A Study.
The third paper was presented by Mr. Rajib Nandy, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh. He presented his research paper on the topic Refugee life in Bengali Cinema: Ritwik Ghatak’s Partition Trilogy.
The fourth presenter was Ms. Anyesa Paul, Ph.D. Scholar, Amity University, Noida who presented her research paper on the topic Search for an Alternative Identity: A study of cinematic adaptation of ‘Pinjar’ and ‘Train to Pakistan’.
The fifth paper was presented by Mr. Rajib Nandy, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh and Ms. Trinanjana Das, Assistant Professor, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Kolkata, West Bengal. The topic of their paper was Impact of Indian Cinema and TV in creating fashion excitement in Bangladesh.
The sixth presenter was Mr. Mohd. Aleem Khan, Research Scholar, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Manipal University, Jaipur, Rajasthan on the topic Reflection of social issues in Gulzar’s Lyrics: An analytical study.
The seventh presenter was Mr. Sudhanshu Maheshwari, Student, ITMI, Noida, Uttar Pradesh and he presented his research paper on the topic Indian Art Cinema: The Sinking Ship.
The eighth paper was presented by Mr. Rajib Nandy, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh on the topic ‘Islamic fundamentalism: Contextualizing Taslima Nasreen in Indian Bengali movie Nirbashito’.
Ms. Trinanjana Das was awarded as best presenter for this session.
Technical Session 7: Changing Trends of Indian Cinema’
Technical Session 7 commenced with the theme ‘Changing Trends of Indian Cinema’. It was chaired by Dr.Aman Vats, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Research Division, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Noida.There were six presenters in this session.
The first paper was presented by Ms. Shruti Sharma, Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Chandigarh University, Punjab and the paper was titled as Multiplex oriented Indian cinema.
The second paper was presented by Ms. Samiksha Sharma, Student, DME Media School, Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Her research paper was titled as Changing trends of Indian cinema music: A study of remix songs.
The third was presented by Ms. Sonali Sharma, Assistant Professor, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, Delhi and the paper was titled as Bollywood, Delhi Metro and culture of mobility.
The fourth paper was presented by Dr. Saad-Ullah Khan, Assistant Professor, School of Media and Communication, Manipal University, Jaipur and the paper was titled as Portrayal of Post-Partitioned Indian Muslims on Silver Screen: A Case Study of ‘Garm Hava’ and ‘Mammo’.
The fifth paper was presented by Dr. Vikrant Kishore, Course Director – Film, Television & Animation, Deakin University and Dr. John Cumming, Senior film scholar, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The title of their paper was Reinventing Sunny Leone: From a Porn Star to a Bollywood Star!
The sixth paper was presented by Mr. Kush Kalra, Assistant Professor, DME Law School, Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, Uttar Pradesh and the title was Freedom of Speech and Expression of filmmakers/artists and Censorship.
The best paper presenter award was given to Ms. Sonali Sharma.
Technical Session 8: Themes and Genres of Cinema
Technical session 8 commenced with the title ‘Themes and Genres of Cinema’. The session was chaired by Dr. Arun Bhagat, Head, Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita Vishwavidyalaya, Noida Campus. Eight papers were presented in this session.
First paper was presented by Ms. Kanika Arya on the topic Transition of romance in Hindi cinema from ‘Swiss Alps’ to dingy lanes of small town India’.
Second paper was presented by Ms. Bharti Shandilya, PhD Scholar, School of Journalism and New Media Studies, IGNOU, Delhi The topic of her Research paper was Film Criticism in Digital Age: A study of film rating system in Bollywood.
Third paper was presented by Mr. Subramanian N, Research Scholar, Research Department of Visual Communication, Hindusthan College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on Melodramatic excess used to persuade Dravidian/Self-Respect thoughts through Tamil Cinema with special reference to ‘Ratha Kanneer’.
Fourth paper was presented by Ms. Annu Sangwan, Student and Dr. Manasvi Maheshwari, Assistant Professor, KR Mangalam University, Gurugram. They presented their research paper on the topic Role of Biopic Films in Promoting Sportsmen and Sports in India.
Fifth paper was presented by Adv. Anand Kumar, Advocate, Delhi High Court, Delhi on the topic Dissecting director G. Aravindan’s Classic –Kanchana Sita (1977).
Sixth paper was presented by Mr. Kartikey Goswami, Assistant Professor, School Of Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka on the topic Reading the Royal Romance: A Semiotic Analysis of Holi song from Hindi film Padmaavat’.
Dr. Adarsh Kumar presented the seventh paper on the topic ‘Zindagi Ko Aur Zinda Banane Wali Filmo Ka Darshako Par Prabhav Aur Adhyayan’.
The last research paper was presented by Ms. Vandana Yadav on the topic “BBC Hindi.com par manoranjan ki khabro ke content ka starr: Ek Adhyayan.
Ms. Kanika Arya was awarded as best presenter of this session.
Workshop 2: SCRIPTING DETERMINES THE FUTURE OF FILMS
Screenwriting is the most prized of all cinematic arts which determines the future of filmmaking.
DME Media School and School of Communications and Creative Arts jointly organised a workshop on the third day of the international conference Indian Cinema and Alternate Networks (ICAN2). The topic for the workshop was ‘Scriptwriting for films in reference to Indian Cinema’ which was headed by expert Mr. Aditya Seth, academic consultant for the University of South Wales in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is also an independent filmmaker who owns an academy of Films and Media called the Indian Academy of Shorts.
The workshop focussed on how short fiction films are changing the heroic cinema and is creating space for dramatic narration. Mr. Aditya Seth took reference of films like Baahubali and Dabang who depicted characters which are larger than life. He further featured on how Indian Cinema, especially Bollywood is still influenced by mythological themes of Indian culture. Therefore, through this reference he stated his conclusion that ‘content determines the fate of the film’.
He accentuated that promotion and distribution of films plays a requisite role in earning of profits. Therefore films with good content, do not lay their stress on the distribution and promotion of films.
He screened two popular fiction short films namely, Juice by Neeraj Ghaywan and Chutney by Jyoti Kapur Das who depicted day to day issues and real life characters. Through these films, Mr. Aditya Seth laid his emphasis on how short fiction films depict a slice of life which is relatable to the audience.
As screenwriting plays a key role in filmmaking, a writer should focus on thriller, comedic and dynamic elements to present an extravagant short film. Lastly he concluded with his point that there is no particular formula for creating a story. Hence a story should touch the heart to engage the audience.
Earlier, Mr. Aditya Seth was felicitated with a planter by Professor (Dr.) Ambrish Saxena, Dean, DME Media School and Conference Advisor of ICAN2. He was further presented with a token of gratitude by Professor (Dr.) Susmita Bala, Head, DME Media School.
At the end of the workshop, Mr. Aditya Seth was felicitated with a certificate for sharing his expertise on short fiction films with the aspiring directors and screenwriters of upcoming era.
Plenary Session 3: Alternate networks and Impact of Changing Modes of Content Delivery
In today’s modern era, the substantial change taking place in the field of broadcasting and content delivery is indeed visible to all. From the times of black and white television to the generation of Netflix, the changing modes of technology have brought theater to our doorsteps. At ICAN2, DME Media school had the opportunity to organize its 3rd plenary session on the topic ‘Alternate Networks and Impacts of Changing Modes of Content Delivery’ on 18th November, 2018 at Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
The session came under the spotlight by welcoming the experts on the dice, Ms. Nimisha Pandey, Mr. KG Suresh and Ms. Kiran Bala. Dr. Ambrish Saxena felicitated all the dignitaries and began the session. Dr. Saxena commenced his words by enunciating the witnessed change which has come in broadcasting and the viewing patterns that has changed with the invention of technologies. He also mentioned about the tremendous change that has evolved due to the usage of internet, and expressed his opinions with relevant facts and figures. Furthermore, Ms. Nimisha Pandey added that the most important change is in the content that has being made to entertain the audience, explaining how viewing has become an individualistic approach. Her bold and rare examples of movies did put the audience in awe. Ms. Kiran Bala, another expert on the dice compared ancient broadcasting to modern age by accenting that the importance of satellite television has reduced with the increasing technologies, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and many more.
However, Mr. K.G Suresh had a positive approach on the issue. He stated that the absence of television and newspaper is unimaginable in our country as with the evolving time, every national channel is shifting to regional language. He mentioned that the biggest strength of India is its population which hugely contributes to the global market wherein people have individual platforms. The session came to an end with the logical discussions and question-answer round.
Workshop 3: ICAN2: Last day-Last workshop
‘Media represents our collective names of storytelling and as media professionals, we are society’s guardians of those stories’
On 18 November 2018, the last day of ICAN2, DME Media School arranged the third and last workshop with the topic ‘Filmic storytelling in online Media Landscape’ at Nelson Mandela Auditorium of DME. The Workshop was headed by Dr. Vikrant Kishore, Course Director for Film, Television and Animation Deakin University, Australia. Mr. Vikrant is an academic, filmmaker, photographer, author and a journalist; he has more than 25 documentaries and corporate films to his credit
The session was jump started with a question, ‘What is story?’, to which various answers were given in return. The session was followed by mentioning some exercises which included before writing try to think out of the box. In his workshop, Dr. Vikrant mentioned that there is a change in the stories nowadays, people now focus more on the plot rather than the starcast while quoting the examples of Badhai ho and Andhadhun”.
In his presentation, Dr. Vikrant mentioned that story is a narrative, which presents an ordered series of event connected by the logic of cause and effect. Later on, a short movie shot by him was shown, so that all the participants get an idea that how should be a short movie should look like.
At the end of the event, sir addressed the gathering by telling that treatment of stories depends on characters, unfolding situation followed by an official invitation to Sir’s official facebook page named as delhi storyteller, which gives the budding writers a platform to become better and grow
The second edition of ICAN- Indian Cinema and Alternate Network which started on the 17th of November continued for three days and was concluded on the 18th of November. The conference was a success with all the technical sessions, plenary sessions,workshops and cultural event.
The Valedictory session was conducted to thank all the Delegates and senior dignitaries for being an integral part of ICAN2. The special guests for the event were Mr. K.G. Suresh, director general Indian Institute of Mass Communication and professor Farhat Basir Khan, senior faculty at AJK MCRC, Jamia Milia Islamia. The felicitation was done by Dr. Ambrish Saxena and Dr Aman Sahani respectively. Dr. Parul Mehra also presented her book ‘Changing Ethics in Indian Media’ to the guests.
The session covered the glimpse of the three days international conference. The guests for the event Mr. K.G. Suresh and Professor Farhat Basir Khan addressed the gathering, congratulating DME for the success and a great collaboration with Deakin University, Melbourne.
Dr. Ambrish Saxena invited Dr. John Cumming to reflect his views and share his experience. Dr. Cumming was delighted and pleased by the international conference and collaborations .Dr. Vikrant Kishore was called to address the gathering and conclude the international conference with a promising note.
He mentioned that he is pleased and overwhelmed by the participations and success of ICAN2. “An idea which got into action so quickly” Dr. Kishore added that he will be looking forward for more such collaborations between DME and Deakin University, Melbourne.
The session was concluded by honoring the students who secured the highest marks in BA(JMC) department and to the students who secured maximum attendance. The session ended with the vote of thanks to all the faculty and volunteers who worked continuously for this prestigious conference.
Three Newsletters of ICAN 2018
ICAN Combined Report
Intensive rumination on news brings scholars together at DME
‘Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.’ – Jesse Jackson
DME Media School organized ICAN 2018 (India and Changing Aspects of News), a three-day International Conference from 9–11 March, 2018.The objective of the conference was to deliberate and come to vital conclusions with effective academic research done by scholars and academicians from across the globe.
Day 1 of ICAN kick-started with the Prof. (Dr.) Susmita Bala (HOD, DME Media School) addressing and welcoming dignitaries, presenters, faculty members and students with sheer gratitude and sharing important information about the conference. She told about the 124 research papers accepted from the 172 abstracts. An inaugural video address was delivered by octogenarian journalist, Mr. Mark Tully. It was followed by a Photography Exhibition which showcased pictures clicked by the students on various topics. There were 5 technical sessions and 1 plenary session. The topic of the plenary session being ‘Reinterpreting News and Ethics’ which saw the panelists discussing important issues and sharing valuable insights about the role of ethics in journalism. The panel consisted of Senior Professor Pradeep Mathur, Professor Ram Mohan Pathak, Dr. Avinash Singh and Dr. Sukhnandan Singh. The day came to an end with the screening of a short film named ‘Azaad’ directed by Rahul V. Chittella.
The enthusiasm of the participants and student volunteers welcomed the second day with great energy. Seven technical sessions and a plenary session themed ‘Redefining Media’s Role in Development’ chaired by Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary , Professor Shivaji Sarkar , Dr. Namrata Joshi and Dr. Ambrish Saxena. The day ended with great fervor with a sitar recital performance by Pt. Sunil Kant Saxena, Kathak performance by Smt. Parul Mishra and other performances by the students of DME.
A master class on the topic ‘Theory Building through Research’ by a reputed authority in ‘Bhartiya Sanchar Siddhant’, Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary from Kathmandu University was held on days 3 of ICAN, i.e. 11th March, 2018. Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary was felicitated by Mr. Aman Sahni (Vice Chairman, DME).
The 3-day conference saw academicians and prominent media practitioners from reputed academic and media organizations. The event was a great success as it received enthusiastic response nationwide and from abroad. ICAN 2018 was covered by Dainik Jagran, India Today, Amar Ujala and other national and regional newspaper dailies.