Friday, January 29, 2010

Communication and Humankind...

Pic: Mr. Shantiveer Kaul addressing students at Niscort media training center

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Communication and  Humankind


NISCORT : “ Communication is common to all forms of Human existence ” thus exclaimed Mr. Shantiveer Kaul, the guest speaker for the 103rd World Around  programme here at the National Institute of social Communications Research and Training.


The lecture on this somewhat abstract subject was not approached in a general problem solving style but encompassed with all the forms of Art, Literature, Cinema as well as Theatre and with a predetermined objective to find the meaning of Communication.


Speaking to students here at the media institute he stated that “Ideas, wisdom and knowledge are catalyst that helps us seek something or the other.” He disseminated the very idea of communication. Stressing further on the concept he stated that in his search for an answer he is intrigued by the question as how to speak, talk, with carrying across the right message coupled with various other forms to communicate.


“The mood determines it all; the transmission of the message is just the end product of a long process.” Thus exclaimed Mr. Kaul elaborating the subject.


He seemed to put forth a question by stressing that producing or writing something is meant for whom? In brief what he meant to say is that which target audience is a certain message directed towards?


Elaborating further, he stated that “Does it (the message) fulfill the need of the addressee or the addresser?” 


He seemed to liken the whole process of communication with a living entity when he proposed that there are side doors in the passageway and where there are entrants who try and make sense of what one said to someone or somebody?


He disseminated the whole framework of Communication when he arrived at the conclusion that there is the two-mode way of spreading the message across which tantamount to gestures and facial expressions. Adding further, he told that in regard to speech this will be done through a microphone or an amplifier.


Talking to students he elaborated that in the human world there is the conscious and unconscious participation of muscles and facial expressions. The variations of which may  range from anything to smile, love towards others, satisfaction and joy.


These seemed to give rise to inevitable questions in the students’ minds as how and what affect they have on humanity. These very questions seemed to again give rise to counter questions as is this the reality of mankind?


In this whole process of concept dissection Mr. Kaul quoted Guitarist, Steve Wallace’s  song titled “  Things remain as they are..”


The thrust of the song was Intrapersonal Communication and its many facets. He brilliantly drove home this point by showing the use of the technique of soliloquy and monologue in Drama and theater.


“Theory wise there is a pyramid model of communication which is facilitated by certain social causes, needs for the environment to get higher and nobler in its lifespan” he explained.


Communication arrived at in the broadest sense will go on to justify the psychology of invention in the Mathematical world. He equated the problem of communication with Indian terms as “vinambara.” Which connotes positive aspect of language with the medium a creative part or the going away of the objective of Communication.


Mr. Kaul belongs to the minority community of Kashmiri Pandits of the valley of Jammu and Kashmir. This made a junior student at the institute query,” What is your identity as a Kashmiri? ”


This query was handled by the guest speaker in the most dispassionate manner when he said that “ when he was young there would be random thoughts in his mind regarding the turmoil the trampled condition of people in the valley but now due to the dawning of chronological years on him, it doesn’t disturb him that much.”




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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Independence Fighters of Latin America

Pics :     from top, images of Cuban Revolutionary figure Ernesto  " Che" Guevara, Panama resistance fighter,  Victoriano Lorenzo and finally Venezuelan independence fighter, Simon Bolivar.

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The legend of Zorro...

Pics: from top, a statue of Mexican pop culture legend vigilante, Zorro at Posada Del Hidalgo, El Fuerte, Mexico followed by an artwork and a painting

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Saving the "Weaker Sex"

Pics: from top, Stamp released commemorating National Girl Child's Day and a Sunday Express News item showing action oriented endeavour towards the girl child dated 24th of Jan 2009. 

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Investigative Wag...

Pics: Photos of the American Investigative Woman Journalist, Nellie Bly 

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

occult, espionage and experiment meets graphic novel

Pics: Poster from the movie Hellboy, a comic book with the backdrop of Second World War

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The"Superman" in Christopher

Pics: From top Late Hollywood actor, Christopher Reeves(52) with his late wife Dana Reeves(44) followed by some single snaps.

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Unconventional voice...

Pics: Different scans of the late lead singer, Kurt Cobain of the music group, " Nirvana."

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a performer cut short...

Pics: The Australian origin Hollywood actor, Heath ledger.

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Media Conflict and citizens

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Haven't been posting for quite some time...

Well, last week was fruitful for some Grey Cell rejuvenation ! This 6th of January the B.Barooah college in Guwahati city of Assam saw a seminar talk on the topic , "Media Conflict and Citizens."

Though it is usual for a city to be have events, seminars, talks and discussions but it was for the first time Guwahatians saw such a forum open to the public as the members participating in the seminar who again were its audience were from various disciplines besides the field of Media.

The icing on the cake was that the event saw Miss Sevanti Ninan( columnist from Chennai based the Hindu and the Hindi daily Hindustan ) as well as Editor of " The Hoot " which is known to be South Asia's Media Watch Website.

She also authored books among many others, " Reinventing the Hindi Public speaking" (Sage publications).

While The city's journalistic fraternity saw the coming of Mrs Indrani Raimedhi, Assistant Editor of the Assam Tribune, Teresa Rehman ( Journalist and media consultant) as well as Mr. Naba Thakuria ( General Secretary, Press Club)

The talk tried to analyse media's relation with its supposed "consumers" which is the public and which included its attidute towards the industry.

It is assumed that sheer pervasiveness of the media brings students from all walks of life into a public spectrum for either discussion, debate or opinion sharing.

Indian Media's progress can be studied when one sees the graph of its growth specifically in post conflict areas Diphu ( N.E. India) , Kashmir, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur while Assam having its traditional media setup.

Given the fact that media setup in regions of the N.E. India are not much revenue generating because of scarce advertising leading up to questions as: " who is funding it ?"

Journalists are also poorly paid compared to their counterparts in the country's Capital.

Nagaland in the year 2003 saw the publication of dailies. The reshuffling and the troubleshooting measures suggested by the media persons was that there should be an urgency for restraint in terms of language published.

There should also be adequate training to the workforce of an media organisation with maturity being the aid in times of crisis situtions.

Commenting on the existence of what is labelled as "Commercial Journalism" the guests for the day cited that elements and practices of sensationalism runs side by side which tells that fiction is also there.

The disseminating of news should try to involve the trio of options, coverage, background, the mediapersons said.

Speaking on these lines the media persons took the case of the news of the arrest of Ulfa ( United liberation Front of Assam) leaders last year and the consequent creation of human drama and sensation along with it.

It is important to see how citizens view conflict. Mr. Naba Thakuria reportedly said that the militant in the news is at the end someone's son and then the situation takes a turn for the worse.

On the question from one of the participants on the issue of objectivity, Indrani Raimedhi said that hidden agenda of media organisations sometimes takes away the objectivity of a news item.