Post Date: 29 Oct, 2019

Weekend Course on Appreciation of Song Picturisation in Indian Cinema on 30th Nov. to 01st Dec. 2019 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune under its Skilling India in Film & Television (SKIFT) initiative in association with National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Ltd., Chennai, announces ‘Weekend Course on Appreciation of Song Picturisation in Indian Cinema’ on 30th Nov. to 01st Dec. 2019 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Details of the course are as stated below;

(1) Concept Note: Right from India’s very first Talkie, Alam Ara released on March 14, 1931 music, in particular song and dance, has always been an integral part of the narrative form of our country’s different cinemas. In fact, many a time it was music and the songs that were the reason for multiple viewings of a film by audiences or what we call, the ‘repeat value’ of a film. Telling our stories using song and dance has given Indian mainstream cinema its own special identity down the years.

From the earliest songs recorded in front of the camera with live orchestras to the development of the playback system – wherein the song is first recorded in a studio and subsequently played back on location for the actors to move their lips to; from the simplicity of words to highly poetic songs carrying  a world view of their own; from basic tunes mostly taken from Indian folk or semi classical music to influences from the West and more layered compositions; from untrained singing voices to specialist playback artistes; from functional dance steps to highly evolved choreography; from single static shots to a collage of shots involving complex camera and character movements, the Indian film song has followed a unique journey of its own.

The aim of the 2-day workshop is to take the participant through this magical travelogue from the coming of sound in Indian cinema to its golden age in the 1950s to present day trends. Even as we trace the evolution of the Indian film song, we would, in parallel, look at the brief history of Indian cinema alongside to be able to put Indian film music in context Through the workshop we would also highlight the invaluable contribution of our great composers, lyricists, singers, choreographers and of course filmmakers who were all able to combine together and take song picturisation to an art form.

(2) Course Director (Faculty Member): Mr. Karan Bali
Karan graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, with specialization in Film Direction in 1993. With Mumbai as his base, he has been making mainly documentaries since then besides being first assistant director on two feature films, Everybody Says I’m Fine and Matrubhoomi – A Nation Without Women. His last film, the acclaimed An American in Madras, is his first feature length documentary that screened in various film festivals worldwide and which is available for viewing now on Netflix. He teaches filmmaking and is also the co-founder and content-in-charge of, an analytical website on cinema of the sub-continent and its history and has also contributed to writings on Indian cinema in both, the print and online media.

(3) Dates: 30th Nov. to 01st Dec. 2019

(4) Timings: 10 am to 5 pm with one hour lunch break from 1 to 2 pm.

(5) No. of participants: 100 (Course will not be conducted if there are less than 60 participants)

(6) Age: The participant must have attained 18 years of age as on 01.11.2019.

(7) Nationality: Indian

(8) Venue: NFDC Tagore Film Centre, No. 28, D.G.S. Dinakaran Salai, R.A. Puram, Adayar, Chennai – 28 (Landmark – Inside the Tamil Nadu Government Music and Fine Arts University)

(9) Course Fees: Rs 1,770/- per participant (Course Fees is inclusive of GST

(10) Mode of payment: Demand Draft to be drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, Film & TV Institute of India, Pune”, and should be payable at Pune.

(11) Last date to apply: 25th Nov. 2019

(12) How to apply: Download the application form from FTII or NFDC website, fill – in all the details, attach required Demand Draft of Rs 1,770/- & send it by Speed Post/ Courier submit it in person to;

Mr. S. Jainulah Deen,
Dy. Manager,
National Film Development Corporation Ltd.,
(A Government of India Enterprise),
Co-Optex Complex, Co-Optex Ware House Building,
1st Floor, No. 350, Pantheon Road,
Chennai – 600 008

 So as to reach on or before 25th Nov. 2019.
On the envelope of application at the top left, please write “Application for Course on Appreciation of Song Picturisation in Indian Cinema”. Incomplete applications and applications received after due date & time will be rejected.

(13) Medium of Instructions: English – Hindi.

(14) Selection: On First – Come – First – Served basis. Selected candidates would be communicated by email/ phone. Course fees of the selected candidates will be non – refundable, non transferable, non – adjustable etc. Demand Drafts of all non – selected candidates would be returned within 04 days of the commencement of the course.

(15) Certificates: On successful completion of the course, participants would be given participation certificates subject to 90% attendance.

(16) Queries: For queries contact (1) Prof. Sandeep Shahare from FTII on 09923242654 (preferably on weekdays between 10 am to 6 pm), or email on (2) Mr. S Jainulah Deen, Dy. Manager, NFDC, Chennai on 9677144786