In a unique initiative, the premier film education institute of the country, Film and Television of India (FTII), Pune has joined hands with Army to provide training courses in various fields of film and television to the youth of Baramulla. One such course in screen acting was organised from June 25 to July 14, 2018 which provided an excellent opportunity to 30 talented young boys and girls of Kashmir to learn acting skills.
The course was conducted under FTII's outreach programme, which has short courses at the beginner's level on Screen Acting and an intense 20 days foundation course was conducted under the able mentorship of Mr Phonsok Ladakhi who is a rare combination of an actor, singer, yoga teacher and Vipasana practioner. Renowned actor Mr Gufi Paintal was also invited as a special guest faculty to mentor the youth for the course.
On July 14, 2018, the closing ceremony of the course witnessed a live stage performance by the participants to mark the successful completion of the course. The event was graced by Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander, GOC Dagger Division, Director FTII, Pune and various dignitaries from civil and district administration besides senior Army and Police officials. A large number of youth trained by the Army in theatre and art earlier this year also witnessed the creative rendition of the budding artists. On this occasion, Mr Zamir, a renowned local artist displayed his award winning paintings and the paintings made by children of Old Town Baramulla were also displayed at the venue.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chinar Corps Commander highlighted the Army's continued efforts towards building bridges with the Awaam, nurturing cultural heritage and identifying young talent among the youth of the Valley. He also said that it is a matter of honour for the Army to be associated with the FTII in skilling and empowering the Kashmiri youth. He further congratulated all the participants of the course and thanked FTII for organising the courses for the youth of Baramulla.