The Literary Cell, Arya Vidyapeeth College has organised a National Webinar on Reading Visual Images in Texts and Subtexts on 31st March, 2021 at 7.00 pm on Google Meet. Professor Maulee Senapati, renowned Film Maker and Film Academician, PLC State University of Visual and Performing Arts, Rohtak, Haryana was invited as the resource person for the webinar. The webinar was inaugurated by Dr. Pradip Kumar Bhattacharyya, honourable Principal, Arya Vidyapeeth College. Ms. Utjala Barman, the Convener of the Literary Cell welcomed the resource person and participants and, in her address, focused on the contemporary relevance of reading visual images as a part of the holistic development of the creative process. Dr. Sanghamitra De, the teacher in-charge of the webinar conducted the programme by emphasizing the importance of visual reading for the interpretation of a literary text.
Professor Maulee Senapati addressed the historic and aesthetic traditions involved in the process of image-making drawing examples from Western and indigenous traditions. In the process, he also focused on the socio-political and cultural factors as catalysts at play in the eventual representation of any visual text ranging from painting, photography to the world of cinematography. Professor Senapati’s engagingly vibrant presentation dwelt on the various aspects of visual image-making in the context of technicalities like angle, focal position and gaze, background, foreground, colour palette, placement of the object etc. His deliberation as well as the presentation was infused with engaging examples of still images and photo essays. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the photo essay on the debilitating effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Human Lives and actively participated in the interactive session. The webinar was extremely rewarding for the participants as it helped them to read into the art of visual image-making. Around seventy participants attended the webinar making the programme a success.