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Throughout the year LAMO will hold exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, workshops and performances.
These will be announced here, please watch this page for updates

 

 


LAMO’s film “Maongspa” shortlisted in Yes! I am the change film project
In the month of August, 2013, LAMO participated in the Yes! I am the change film making competition. The challenge was to make a five minute film on a given topic in a matter of 101 hours. LAMO successfully filmed a fiction “Maongspa” which talked about Ensuring Environmental Sustainability. LAMO feels proud to announce that the film was shortlisted amongst the top 30 films. The film was screened on the third day of the film festival organized in Mumbai on October 3. The special guest on the occasion was renowned Indian ad film director Prahlad Kakar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NojHPj7j3E8

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Mapping Old Town
Exhibition extended to September 30th
Much of the early visual imagery of Ladakh began to be produced in the 19th century. At that time Ladakh was frequented by government administrators, missionaries, explorers and scholars. They often photographed, painted and filmed the region alongside recording their visits in textual form. This exhibition displays an important visual documentation of the history of Ladakh that speaks of its landscape, culture and the people who inhabited it. It also tells us how visitors perceived Ladakh, and what their experieneces and impressions were.

 

 

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Looking at art practices - An IFA Film Festival
27, 28 and 29 August 2013

A three day film festival was organised by Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation, in collaboration with India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore. Over the three days, six indie films—City of Photos, The Other Song, Kumar Talkies, The Listner’s tale, Family Album and Pala—were screened at the Moravian Mission School Auditorium from 4 to 7pm.

The festival kick started with a brief introduction about LAMO and IFA.  As many as 45 people attended the event. The film, City of Photos, which “explores the little known ethos of neighbourhood photo studios in Indian cities,” was immensely appreciated by the audience. Discussant Stanzin Gya talked about how a small idea can be converted into a story with the help of a camera. Apart from briefly sharing his story as a filmmaker, he went on to talk about how Ladakh has today become like “ a zoo for tourists”, as they endlessly click pictures of anybody and everybody, leaving the people feeling offended and their privacy disrespected. He pointed out the laws for photographing a person.

On day two, Kumar Talkies, “highlighted the decline of the oldest surviving cinema theatre” in Kalpi, Uttar Pradesh. Discussant Mabel Disket talked about Ladakh’s only cinema theatre and how in the olden days the place used to be a popular entertainment space for the people, as they watched Bollywood films and also had theatrical performances. She talked about changes the internet and the DTH systems have brought about. The second film—The Listner’s Tale—explored the sacred dance of Cham in Sikkim and was appreciated by few.
The last day saw a crowd of 20 to 30 people—tourists, locals and young kids—apart from members from the Ladakhi film fraternity. Discussant Phuntsog Toldan, discussing the film Family Album, which “attempts to gain insights into the notion of family as mediated through personal photographs,” shared his views about the importance of old pictures and how they tell so much about one’s family history.            
After the screening, IFA conducted a meeting with local filmmakers to talk about their various grants given out for research, fellowship, film making et al, in the field of arts, the minimum grant amounting to Rs 3,00000. The meeting conducted by Sumana  Chandreshekar, Programme Executive, IFA, encouraged artists to get in touch with the organisation and propose their projects.
At the meeting, local filmmakers also expressed their concern about a previous IFA supported film ‘Into Thin Air’ that was made on the film fraternity in Leh. Their concerns largely focused on the manner in which local filmmakers were projected in the film, which they felt was negative, and the ethics behind making such a film.  They also felt that IFA should scrutinize such projects more carefully before granting funding.
LAMO’s initiative was appreciated by many and many congratulated the organisation for taking the first step for inculcating such a practice. IFA’s participation was highly welcomed.

Film Festival Program

27th August, Tuesday
Discussant: Stanzin Gya, Independent Filmmaker

CITY OF PHOTOS
By Nishtha Jain
English, 60 minutes 

City Of Photos explores the little known ethos of neighborhood photo studios in Indian cities, discovering entire imaginary worlds in the smallest of spaces. These afford fascinating glimpses into individual fantasies and popular tastes. Yet there is a sense of foreboding underlying all this. The cities in which these stories unfold themselves become backdrops, their gritty urban reality a counter point to the photo palaces. Desires, memories and stories all so deeply linked to photographs all come together as a part of the personal journey into the city of photos.

THE OTHER SONG
By Saba Dewan
Hindi, Urdu and English with English subtitles, 120 minutes

In 1935, Rasoolan bai, the well-known singer from Varanasi, recorded for the Gramaphone a thumri that she would never sing again – ‘Lagat job anwa ma chot, phool gendwa na maar’ (‘My breasts are wounded, don’t throw flowers at me’). A variation of her more famous song – ‘Lagat Karejwa ma chot, phool gendwa na maar’ (‘My heart is wounded, don’t throw flowers at me’). The 1935 recording, never to be repeated, faded from public memory and eventually got lost. More than 70 years later the film travels through Varanasi, Lucknow and Muzzafarpur in search of the forgotten thumri.

 

28th August, Wednesday
Discussant: Mabel Disket, Media Officer, LAMO

KUMAR TALKIES
By Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Hindi with English subtitles, 76 minutes

Kumar Talkies highlights the relationship between the crisis facing the small town of Kalpi in Uttar Pradesh and the decline of its oldest surviving cinema theatre. The film explores the impact of the products of the Mumbai film industry and popular culture on the town’s social and economic life, collective imagination and identity.

THE LISTENER’S TALE
By Arghya Basu
English, 76 minutes

This film explores the sacred dance of Cham in Sikkim. The film examines this ritual dance as it shapes and is shaped by its religious and cultural contexts, as well as the mutations in its traditional meanings through modernity and education. The film seeks to be a witness to the contradictions and counter-forces that sustain this ancient art practice, the plurality of meanings it generates, and the active dialogue between the consciousness of the performers of Cham and its spectators.

29th August, Thursday
Discussant: Phunsuk Toldan, Independent Filmmaker

FAMILY ALBUM
By Nishta Jain
English and Bengali with English subtitles, 66 minutes

Set in Kolkata, Family Album attempts to gain some insights into our notions of family as mediated through personal photographs in private collections. Encounters with members of a large joint family, a nuclear family, an elderly woman now living alone and a single man with an extensive family archive help to explore the ways in which we construct meanings in photos: through direct and indirect memory; through different ways of looking; through the conventions of portraiture itself. It allows us to see how family photos may be read as cultural and historical narratives.

PALA
By Gurvinder Singh
Punjabi with English subtitles, 83 minutes

Pala is a storyteller from Punjab. This film deals with the diversity of the centuries old storytelling and musical tradition of which he is a part, but also a tradition that is rapidly on the decline. Pala claims to belong to no particular faith and can with ease transform himself and his musical talent to suit the needs of the space where he is performing. What he represents is a kind of folk religion, which has assimilated the traits of all the three principal faiths of Punjab – Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam.  

 

All films have been supported by India Foundation for the Arts
LAMO is grateful to the Moravian Mission School for the use of its auditorium

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Music Fiesta at LAMO
25 September 2013

In its pursuit of promoting and to provide a platform for the young artists of Ladakh, Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO) in collaboration with the Jammu & Kashmir Cultural Academy, Leh, organised a musical evening on September 25 at the LAMO Centre. The event was held as a part of the 2013 Ladakh Festival, organised by the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department, Leh from September 20 to 26. Shri Dorje Motup, Councillor Kyungyam was the chief guest on the occasion.

Artists Sonam Chorol (violinist), Tsewang Phuntsog (singer, guitarist), Rigzin Norbu (guitarist) and Tenzin Tsoket (Tibetan singer) were accompanied by Ladakh’s renowned music composers Angchuk Ralam and Rinchen Wachar. Their performance was a fusion, with contemporary instruments and tunes amalgamated with traditional ones, the result of which was melodic sets of performances one after another.

As tradition remains imperative in LAMO’s endeavour, popular traditional folk singer Kunzes Dolma enthralled the audiences with songs from the soil in her melodious voice. She was accompanied by dabs player Tsering Ladol and surna player Tsering. As many as 300 people attended the performance.  

 

 

heritage walk around leh town

maongspa

mapping

 

film 1

film 2

film 3

film 4

film 5

 

 

music evening

musical ev 2

musical ev 3

       
 
 

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