Newmai News Network
Shillong | February 14
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma observed that multi–media can be a double edged sword for children depending on how it is used.
Conrad made this observation during a programme where he inaugurated the 2-Day Children Film Festival on Friday at District Auditorium in Tura.
“Children learn better from the audio-visual content but if not handled properly, multi–media which is so open these days could do more harm to a child if the contents are not restricted as per the needs of children,” Conrad said.
He reiterated that the audio-visual medium can also be used to communicate useful and informative ideas and messages to children which are important for the growth of a child and also create a great impact in their lives.
Stressing on the importance of such programmes, Conrad urged the organizers to continue showing these films for children on a regular basis.
The festival is being organized by Children Film Society India (CFSI), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in collaboration with District Administration, West Garo Hills and Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya.
He further stressed on the need to spread the programme to rural areas so that children there can get access to these entertainment programs.
Administrative Officer, CFSI, Mumbai Rajesh Gohil in his introductory address informed that six films will be screened for children of various schools of the district.
He mentioned that the primary objective of the Government of India in conducting such programs is to provide the right to entertainment for children including children living in rural areas.
Films of Mahatma Gandhi, Swachhta, etc would be screened along with movies for children including Prince and the Crown of Stone, Gattu, Kaphal, Rhino Pappu Ki Pupdhandi and Krish, Thrish and Balti Boy.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills district Ram Singh said that the festival aims to provide a platform for children having interest in cinema and expose young students of the region to cinema so that they develop a keen interest in the aesthetics of film making and animation.