With a view to promoting the art of filmmaking and inculcating the ‘knack’ in those aspiring for the same, CINEYATRA organised a three-day documentary making workshop under its flagship CINEYATRA DOCUMENTARY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (CDDI) that kicked off on Amity University campus here on Tuesday.

Worldclass documentary director, both alumnus and faculty of Film and Television Institute of India, Ravi Davala not only graced the occasion but also honed the skill sets of the trainees on the occasion. He was assisted by another FTII alumnus with movies including Shivaay and Padmaavat under his belt, Ajay Yadav. Interestingly, Yadav is a Patna University alumnus too.

Elaborating on the various aspects involved in the art of documentary making, Davala said documentaries have multiple branches and anything that involves documentation is a potential subject. Highlighting the importance of the basics when it comes to the art of filmmaking, the FTII alumnus said there was no substitute to fundamentals. Elated to see trainees from various academic, social and professional backgrounds, Davala said focus of the workshop will be on aesthetics.

Refraining from any sort of one-way communication with the trainees present on the occasion, the CINEYATRA mentor called for their “participatory” involvement. “No lecture this time,” Davala asserted.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Patna, Dr TR Venkatesh said this was the first time that a filmmaking workshop was being organised by them. We are used to of hosting workshops on engineering and management but totally new to this genre, he said.

Skill Development Officer, Amity University, Patna, Anshu Bhardwaj described this programme as an attempt of bridging the gap while welcoming the audience prior to the kickstart of the Day 1 of the CDDI. In a novel initiative, the dignitaries were presented a a Tulsi Plant as a souvenir.

Founder Secretary, CINEYATRA and a distinguished filmmaker himself, Raviraj Patel told mediapersons that trainees from Katihar, Bhagalpur, Munger, Buxar, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur and Vaishali travelled all their way to the state capital only to attend Ravi Davala’s workshop. He said that not a single penny was charged from the trainees who applied online with their CVs and only those selected were allowed in the workshop.