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Indore, April 4th, New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Media Centre, continues to spearhead advancements in cinema studies through pioneering initiatives and publications. This enduring commitment is mirrored in the remarkable contributions of individuals like Shri Tamrakar, asserting the profound impact of Indian cinema on society. Cinema’s essence lies in its ability to forge connections across boundaries, transcending time and culture. Therefore, it was apt that the panel discussion on Hindi cinema unfolded in Shri Ram Tamrakar’s hometown, Indore.
Jointly organized by IGNCA and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Devi Ahilya University, Indore, the event convened esteemed figures in the industry on April 4th at the university’s auditorium. Notable participants included National Film Award-winning lyricist Swanand Kirkire, renowned journalist and film critic Mayank Shekhar, Member Secretary of IGNCA Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi, former Director General of IIMC Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi, Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Dr. Sonali Nargunde, and motivational speaker Mrs. Manjusha Rajas Johari. Moderating the proceedings was Mr. Anurag Punetha, Controller, Media Center, IGNCA. The event witnessed an enthusiastic turnout, with cinema enthusiasts, youth, students, and intellectuals from Indore actively participating in the discourse.
Since its inception, the captivating allure of Indian cinema has woven itself intricately into the very fabric of society, exerting a profound influence on the collective consciousness of its people. From the early days of black-and-white silent films to the vibrant spectacles of modern-day Bollywood, cinema has transcended mere entertainment to become a mirror reflecting the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of millions. Today, it stands as an indispensable foundation of Indian life, permeating every aspect of society with its mesmerizing tales and larger-than-life characters. The sheer magnitude of India’s film industry, producing the largest number of films in the world, stands as proof of its cultural significance and global reach. As Hindi cinema continues to evolve, so too does the insatiable thirst for knowledge about its inner workings and history. People, eager to delve deeper into the realms of filmmaking, seek out insights and revelations about both the present and the past.

While addressing the audience, Swanand Kirkire recounted his journey of becoming a lyricist and actor, emphasizing that although he lacked clarity regarding his career path, his passion for art was undeniable. He elaborated on his audition experience at the National School of Drama and highlighted the potential for quality filmmaking emerging from regions across the country because of decentralization. Responding to the audience’s request, he graciously sang two songs, ‘Doobti hai tujhme meri kashti’ and ‘Bawra Mann Dekhne Chala hai Ek Sapna’.
Dr. Sachidanand Joshi, while expressing his views at the event, emphasized that IGNCA is committed to continuously publishing books and resources related to cinema. He addressed the students, particularly those studying media studies, emphasizing that cinema transcends mere glamour and stardom; rather, it involves the collective effort of thousands showcasing their creativity. Dr. Joshi encouraged students to explore other aspects of careers in film studies, such as archiving and writing. Drawing from anecdotal references, he urged the younger generation to acknowledge and document small instances of life, enriching their experiences. He also mentioned his book, ‘Kuch Alp Viram’, which delves into significant yet modest life experiences. Furthermore, Dr. Joshi lauded Shri Tamrakar’s passionate involvement with cinema, remarking that his dedication was evident in both his life and work. Shri Tamrakar served cinema selflessly, embodying an unassuming personality, and Dr. Joshi suggested that aspiring individuals should learn from his passionate commitment to cinema.
Sonali Nargunde, while expressing her views, highlighted the initiative to expose students to classic films. She noted that while children may initially find classic films daunting, it is the responsibility of teachers to cultivate curiosity and provide context, helping students appreciate the deeper messages conveyed by these films. Nargunde emphasized that exposure to cinema from a young age leaves a lasting impression on individuals. Shri Sanjay Dwivedi echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the necessity of fostering a society that comprehensively understands and values art and culture.
Mayank Shekhar expressed that every individual in the country is connected to films in some capacity, emphasizing that cinema is a universal language. He elaborated on his approach, stating that he endeavors to comprehend the nuances of this language and then convey it to people in his dialect, whether in Hindi or English. Shri Shekhar emphasized that the primary role of a critic is to initiate dialogue, asserting that this dialogue is what enriches the cinematic experience. He described writing a film review as a skilled craft, acknowledging the tendency for each generation to romanticize the past as a golden age, which he deemed as mere nostalgia, an exaggerated sentiment.



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