3-day int’l festival on environment and wildlife commences at KU

EMMRC in collaboration with CMS Vatavaran, New Delhi is organising this festival.

Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 25 2018 1:40AM | Updated Date: Sep 25 2018 1:40AM
3-day int’l festival on environment and wildlife commences at KUGK Photo

Three day international film festival on environment and wildlife commenced at Kashmir University today. 

Congratulating the Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC) for holding a topical festival, vice chancellor KU, Prof Talat Ahmad on the occassion said that eco-fragile Kashmir needs special care towards conservation of environment.   

EMMRC in collaboration with CMS Vatavaran, New Delhi is organising this festival.

“Climate change is happening, and one cannot stop it, but together we can definitely mitigate it,” Prof Talat said. 

Welcoming the participants, director EMMRC, Dr Salima Jan, underscored  importance of conservation of water bodies and highlighted aims and objectives of the festival.

Joint director, CEC, Sunil Mehroo reminded creative communicators to keep in mind their target audience.

Festival manager of CMS Vatavaran, Sabyesachi Bharti said that his organisation is a product of research work, and they are holding such festivals to raise awareness about environment. 

On the inaugural day of the festival 10 documentaries were screened .Amongst those ‘The Terranoami Music Vedio’ jointly sung by Waheed Jeelani and American based Rockstar Terranoami “Say it` possible” produced and directed by Shafqat Habib which conveys and spreads the message about global warming and another documentary film ‘Pangolins in peril’: a story of rare scales” produced by a Pakistan documentary filmmaker, Muhammad Ali Ijaz were the main highlights of the day.

A panel discussion was held in which Justice (Retd) Hassanian Masoodi, head geography department from KU, Prof Muhammad Sultan Bhat, EMMRC producer, Shafaqat Habib, and journalist Gowhar Geelani participated. The panellists were unanimous in their arguments that climate change can be minimised if people from childhood are made aware of its repercussions. Producer EMMRC, Ajaz ul Haque moderated the discussion. A painting competition was held on the sidelines of the festival in which students from various colleges and schools participated. Students from the music and fine arts also performed on the inaugural function. 

The theme of this edition is “Conservation4water” with special focus on youth empowerment and community engagement.  The three day film festival will delve on issues of the inter-connectedness of climate change and water, water struggles in a world dealing with global warming, livelihood insecurity, and highlighting the important issues affecting water through film screening, media workshop and open forum discussions.

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