IMPHAL, October 28: Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam today inaugurated a State level photo contest cum exhibition and a three-day photography workshop on the theme `Explore Manipur`™ at DIPR premises.
The exhibition and photography workshop is being organised by the department of Information & Public Relations.
The inaugural function was also attended by former Nagaland minister and Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee president K Therie, deputy director general, Film Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Josie Joseph, parliamentary secretary (IPR) K Meghachandra Singh and principal secretary IPR as dignitaries.
Lauding the efforts to organise such a photo exhibition on the present context, the deputy Chief Minister said `The character of the State is so minutely depicted in such expressive images.`
He said `Photography has become an indispensable aspect of all records and reports. It is a part of the integral evidence both in crime and in journalism. Indeed it has become a mandatory supporting document even for official correspondence.`
Gaikhangam further expressed that such platform will encourage, support and facilitate the required skills to promote the local photographers.
However, on the issue of expanding budgetary support to the DIPR, the deputy Chief Minister was vague and suggested that persistent pressing could yield some response from the government.
Therie in his speech emphasized on the neighbourly relationship between Manipur and Nagaland and said in 1995, the two States had agreed to honour the present political boundaries between the two States and allow the respective administrations to administer within their demarcated political boundaries.
The Nagaland Congress president said `I wish we live together in peace as we are unavoidable neighbours.`™
We need to live together. We need to need to coordinate in our economy, politics, social activities and games and sports, he said.
He appealed to the people to accept Nagaland as another sister State as much as the people of Nagaland.
Isolated incidents should not be considered as a collective position of the State, he added.
Therie also expressed his excitement at the display of the rich culture and topography of Manipur in the exhibition.
He said `Such photographic documentation of the present will definitely add to the valuable records for the later generations.`
Josie Joseph was full of praise for the host department, `The scale of this photo exhibition is enormous and the subjects have indeed showcased the diversity of the State.`
`I have gained much insight to Manipur through this photographs,` he observed.
He also expressed his appreciation for the enthusiastic participation from the local photographs in the exhibition and expressed that such culture of photography can be channelled progressively.
K Meghachandra Singh said, `This is a first attempt in the State to depict the State in such a large scale exhibition with more than 500 photographs.`
`We hope that it will simultaneously entail the works of the potential photographers from this State through these pictorial arts that they create.`
Letkhogin Haokip stated that the DIPR is often reduced to printing the calendar and diaries.
`This is supposedly the biggest ever photo contest cum exhibition in the State. We hope that the State would assist us with proper budget to support such programme on an annual basis,` he implored.
One of the resource persons for the upcoming photography workshop Anil Risal Singh, president, Federation of Indian Photography said, `I truly appreciate the effort and quality of these photographs.`
`This exhibition portrays the people, tradition, rituals and issues of Manipur through beautiful visuals. I am astonished to see the number of photographs displayed and very delighted to see these pictures.`