Wednesday, September 9, 2009

We are the World

Closing Remarks - Rang De Basanti

On 30th July, a tribute was paid to Michael Jackson during the Video Festival on Diversity and Aspirations – Rang De Basanti at Satyabharati Hall in Ranchi.
Two of his songs “We are the World” and “Heal the World” were played. "We Are the World" is a song and charity single recorded by the super group USA for Africa. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. The last recording session for the song was held on January 28, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the biggest artists in the music industry at the time.
"We Are the World" has been recognized as a politically important song, which "effected an international focus on Africa that was simply unprecedented".The anthem has been credited with creating a climate in which musicians from around the world felt inclined to follow. Since the release of "We Are the World", it has been noted that movement has been made within popular music to create songs that address humane concerns."We Are the World" was also influential in subverting the way music and meaning were produced, showing that musically and racially diverse musicians could work together both productively and creatively.
The audience approximately 120 in number at the Video festival was basically youth from the various mass communication and journalism courses in Xavier’s College, Ranchi University, and Satyabharati. Young women from Nirmala College also watched the documentaries keenly.
Karuna Kerketta of Nirmala College said that ‘Unlimited Girls’ has shown her newer dimensions of Feminism, and the realization that it is contextual in different manners. Check more at Culture Unplugged and at Infochange websites.
Arun Kumar said that Feminism depicted in the video is very different from the matriarchal society depicted in Nandini Bedi's ‘Notes on Man Capture’ about a tribal community in Meghalaya .. this discussion should be enhanced with the men too.
As a part of Openspace further initiatives the discussion to remain in contact through emails and phone was decided. Fr Tigga from Education deptt of Xavier’s College wanted films on North East to be shown to their students, while Sr Gabriela expressed such programs in her Hindpiri area amongst the locals. Rajeev Thepra, a blogger (Baat Purani Hai) will be putting a short feedback report for sharing to larger audience on the net. Umesh of IPTA expressed the need to hold a one-day seminar on ‘Relevance of Communication towards building a Human Society’.

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