Visual storytelling workshop concludes

Visual storytelling workshop concludes

SRINAGAR: A five day visual storytelling workshop ‘Jhelum Fables’ concluded on Sunday.
“A chair and table on a houseboat rooftop where pigeons are eating the grains, women praying inside the rooms, walkers promenading the bund, silhouettes of shikaras, the thoughtful portraits of shopkeepers situated alongside the river embankment, setting sun, moonrise were articulated by the participants,” said Dr Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi, the resource person of the workshop.
The participants, according to the spokesperson, translated the ripples in the muddy waters, windswept verandahs, hide and seek of mellow Sun, flutter of the evening birds, roving shikaras, conversations from the nearby houseboats, knuckles in the wood flooring, footsteps of the walkers on the footbridge, the sound of distant bells of Shankracharya temple and echoes of namaz into visuals.
The workshop was organised by Roots Learning group, a student club whose objective is to conduct short courses and workshops on a variety of categories. The Roots group operating in a houseboat is an empowering space for students where an open exchange of ideas and dialogue can take place.
“Besides writing and photography the objective of the workshop was to build the conversations among the participants. The idea of Roots was to establish a space where small workshops with closed group can be held. The youth in Kashmir lack access and opportunities to art and culture in some sense. Our aim was to establish one such space. This is just the beginning, we aim to conduct many such programs,” said Mahi Burza, a teacher and founder of Roots.