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Digital Technology - A boon or bane?

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While most of us would definitely agree that digital technology has made our lives more easier than it was, there are other sides of the story which is worth looking at. Post 1980, with the introduction of computer, there has been so much revolutions in  digital era. Many new jobs were created and many smart choices with quality of life was achieved and we as humans, are quite good at creating our gods. 
Computers, as mentioned by Mr.Niel postman in his book “End of Education” which was written in 1984, has well mentioned that we humans have created our new God, which we can't live without and these gods, tell us on what to do and how to do. His vision in 1984, where there was very much limited expansion in digital technology, has become quite true. Today, the world is highly dependent upon use of computers and digital technology and it is a fact, that we humans cannot live without the technology even for a day. There is technology that touches every human in some or the other form…

Creative Folks! Its Your Day Today

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Everyone remembers how when we were of 10 or 12 or 14 years of age, our parents and teachers almost gloated on our tiny abilities to draw, paint, dance, sing or write a poem; how were paraded before our relatives to ‘show our talent’ or perform on school stage on Annual Day/s. As we turned 16 till 18, and faced two Board exams of X and XII standards, all these great abilities took a back seat, were dubbed as ‘hobbies’ and declared not to be pursued much for the moment. We must rather focus on our careers, education that will give grades, make us logical and rational, and put us on a great professional track as the best engineers, doctors, lawyers or stock-brokers of the world. Before we could realise, we were adults, into a rat race, and have forgotten that once upon a time we also did sing, dance, draw, write poetry, act, or speak on stages. And, we were lost in the big bad world, because in a rat race, you remain a rat wherever you are positioned at a given moment. We were taught to co…

Ram Kahani

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7th avatar of Lord vishnu Sri Rama; one of the most popular deity in Hinduism, probably most important & popular mythological character in this subcontinent. Major political changeover took place in his name (lord Rama) even in recent past. 
Camil Bulcke ( Known as Baba Bulcke), a Jesuit missionary from Belgium landed in India in the year of 1935. Bulcke had a short period stay in Darjeeling and had taken Theological training in Kurseong for couple of years. Later he completed his masters (M.A.) in Sanskrit from Calcutta University. Though before coming to India Bulcke had acquired B.Sc degree with Civil Engineering as major from the University of Lou-vain, Belgium. He was surprised & pained when he found educated people in India were mostly unaware of their rich tradition and speaking in English is considered a matter of pride to them. He was immensely  influenced by ‘Tulsidas - great poet from 17 th century. He came Allahabad University to pursue his doctorate in Hindi litera…

Creative senses need to be nurtured not murdered

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Art is the primitive form of communication and expression as it exists even before the language came into form. History of art is ancient as it reflects anything and everything made by human with a significant visual impact for aesthetical or communicative purpose to express every form of emotion, ideas and thoughts. An artifact can be subject specific or be made out of nothing to justifying the desire of an artist which came as a form of emotion to break down the barrier of dilemma to establish the unidentified objective. A common definition of art can be “something that is created with imagination and skills which is beautiful and expresses important ideas or feeling” –Anonymous, but sometimes the art cannot be defined by a word as it is a form of expression which is only allowed to feel and rejuvenate. Art has many dimensions like fine art, visual art, decorative art, applied art, graphic art, doodling art, crafts, calligraphy, computer art, conceptual art, folk art and many more. …

Between Love and Art Making: Photo Notes on the Business of the Arts

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Art does not come to us in abbreviation. We do not take shortcuts unless the route works for us really. We stay grounded. We do not look away from life to look at art. We make art to make sense of our lives. Our needs for food and shelter are absolutely in place. We locate culture and make art in material practices within the everyday. 



Note 1: Artists are not losers. The cause of the arts is the premise from where we begin.
Conversations lie at the heart of learning. Passion means a hell lot to us. We do not, however, force the cause of passion. We simply look for like-minded people to share and create knowledge with. We do not stop at “me” and “you”, we speak of “us”. 





Note 2: We turn passions into professions through a collaborative approach.
By the Arts we mean an array of representations like painting, music, video and sound art, performing arts. We do not subscribe to the dominance of the visualist discourse. We refuse to be stuck in time.
“There is more to the arts than meets the ey…

From SETU: the man who shot Dangal, Kahani, Taare Zameen Par…

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Setu is the Cinematographer of the films like Dangal (2016), Dedh Ishqiya(2014),Ghanachakkar (2013),Kahani (2012), Katho uponishad (2011), Vakratunda Swaha (2010), Taare Zameen Par (2007), Charas (2004), A Pyramid of Women (2003) etc.
Sandipp, Asst Professor, Cinematography, RKU has taken this exclusive interview for the readers of the RKU blogspot. RKU shows its gratitude to Setu for giving his valuable time.
Sandipp: Setu, when did you have the insight of becoming Cinematographer?
 Setu: From an early age  I was interested in photography. In my school & college days, I used to go to Chitrabani, Kolkata. I learnt Black & White photography process,  the image forming on paper. But the real thrust came to me watching my Mesho ( aunt’s husband) Ranjan Palit, working as the cinematographer. He is a legend in documentary circles. Watching him work, I made up my mind to become a cinematographer. 

Sandipp: Though you have the family background of films, why you have joined an Institute t…

When the Superman is not forthcoming: Art of Storytelling in new disruptive world

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Storytelling is a science and an art in itself. Like Maslow’s hierarchical pyramid, every story addresses a need that touches one or more stages of evolution. Every story has an objective. Like Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of stories, written by Pandit Vishnu Sharman on the invitation of a king, who was worried about the future state of his kingdom after his demise. His three ignorant sons needed to learn Rajvidya quickly -  the know-how to run a kingdom. 
In a corporate story, the organization needs fulfillment of objectives. There is an overarching theme, i.e., a company’s core values that get reflected in the Mission and Vision of the organization. A corporate story must enshrine these core values and must be in the same line in all its applications – whether it’s a corporate film, a corporate brochure, an annual report, a website, or a leadership message. This creates corporate culture or sanskriti of an organization. 
In an overall story, there are subsections or sub …

Explore New Avenues in Development Communication, and Get Tech-Savvy, Too!

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The media in the country, and, indeed, the world, is evolving rapidly, not only in terms of technology but also in terms of the issues and subjects that it highlights. The media has become inclusive and more grassroots-oriented, and now carries content on a huge variety of topics from even the most remote corners of the world. Development is one such issue that the media highlights, and thus, the media engages in development communication. Development communication is the use of communication to facilitate development.  
Development has great significance across the world and especially in a country like India, and, therefore, development communication assumes importance in the media sector. There is great demand in the media and other sectors (like the NGO, governmental and inter-governmental sectors) for professionals adept at development communication. This is because while there is no dearth of people who can create content on topics like politics, sports, business, economy and mov…

HRM in Print, Graphic, Digital Media & Tourism

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It is a must for Global organizations to navigate a “new world of work”—one that requires dramatic changes in strategies for leadership, talent, and human resources. In this new world of work, the barriers between work and life have been all but eliminated. Employees are “always on”- hyper-connected to their jobs through pervasive mobile technology. Networking tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Glassdoor enable people to easily monitor the market for new job opportunities. Details about an organization’s culture are available at the tap of a screen, providing insights about companies to employees and potential employees alike. The balance of power in the employer-employee relationship has shifted, making today’s employees more like customers or partners than subordinates. Many of today’s employees work in global teams that operate on a 24/7 basis. New cognitive technologies are displacing workers and reengineering work, forcing companies to redesign jobs to incorporate new technology …