‘Manipur through Ph Santosh’s LENS’
IMPHAL, February 1
[dropcap]A[/dropcap] rare and historic five-day photo exhibition under the banner ‘Manipur through Ph Santosh’s LENS’ was formally inaugurated at the Lamyanba Shanglen at Palace compound in Imphal on Saturday.
Manipur deputy chief minister Gaikhangam and All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) president Wangkhemcha Shamjai were the chief guest and functional president of the formal inaugural function of the photo exhibition.
Speaking on the occasion, Gaikhangam said the photo journalism has been playing an important role in documenting the history of the human civilization besides being essential historical evidences. “The history of bombing at Hiroshima and Nagasakhi in Japan could be just a myth unless the then photographs narrated the history of the incident to our generation”, Gaikhangam said.
He also lauded the challenging activities of the photojournalist Phanjoubam Santosh who is presently working as a photographer of Press Trust of India (PTI) office in Imphal.
AMWJU president Wangkhemcha Shamjai, in his presidential speech, assured that the journalists’ body of the state would try to extend necessary possible steps to help activities of the photo journalists.
The photo exhibition showcases as many as 1100 photographs taken in the last 30 years including the historic flood in Khwairamband Keithel in Imphal in the 80s, 1991 Thangjing plane crash, the ethnic clashes, June uprising incidents in 2001, mass protest against AFSPA and other festival pictures.
As part of the ongoing photo exhibition, a panel discussion on “Photo journalists and Manipur today” will be held at Lamyanba Shanglen at Palace compound in Imphal.
On February 3, a spot essay writing competition for school children (Class VIII-IX) will also be held at the same venue.