NEW DELHI, Sept 11 - In keeping with the Government�s Act Policy, efforts should be made to take the art, culture and photographs of the North East to Southeast Asia, speakers here today stressed.
Inaugurating a photography exhibition titled �Fire to Fire from Dawn to Dusk: North East India�s Vanishing Way of Life� by Shyamal Datta at the India International Centre here this evening, noted academician and former NEHU VC Mrinal Miri said that it is quite incredible how a particular picture captures both a moment and a perspective.
There are many ways of depicting a perspective, Prof Miri said, adding photography is one, and painting and dances could be other means.
Speaking on the occasion, former Sikkim Governor BP Singh said that Datta�s photographs depict the great diversity of the way of life. Datta has brought the North East to Delhi, he added. The great diversity and variety of life has been depicted well by Datta just like the civilisation of the region, Singh said.
Other speakers stressed that the time has come for the North East to export its art and culture, and exhibit its way of life to South East Asia in keeping with the Act East Policy of the Government.
�This photo curation is a sampling of an expression of my passion for the region where I was born: its people, their culture, its exquisite natural beauty, its magnificent flora and fauna. It is also an attempt to visually record a fascinatingly unique way of the tribal life for posterity � a way that is confronting the contradiction of modernity,� said Datta, a widely acclaimed photographer.
�In this impressionist collection of the North East � a magnificent tapestry of the people and their land � the metaphoric day starts when the family wakes up at dawn and lights the central fire at the hearth. Food is cooked and eaten after which all members leave the house for the hills to tend to their crops. At sunset, the family returns and light up their hearth once again to eat, drink and be happy together, before the cycle starts again the following day,� explained Datta, winner of several international awards and whose photographs were published by renowned international publications.
The photography exhibition depicted the way of life of a village, dances and other traditional festivals of the tribals of the North Eastern States. The centre of attraction was a photograph of a golden langur.