Dhaka: December 17, 2016: Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, Guwahati in collaboration with Rupantar, an NGO based in Khulna, Bangladesh organized a seminar on ‘Communication for Development through Community Video in Bangladesh’ today at Caritas Development Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh. While delivering the inaugural speech, Chief Guest, Dr. Sanjogita Mishra, Programme Officer, Commonwealth Media Centre for Asia, New Delhi spoke on how with the aid of simply a smartphone the marginalized community can now change their own fate in the South Asian Region. Dr. Mizanoor Rahman, Professor of Bangladesh Open University stressed upon the role of audio visual element in the development process. He also said that this seminar has initiated a movement for development through community video in the country.
Five community radio stations and a web-radio of Bangladesh took part in the seminar along with community activists, journalists and educationists from different parts of Bangladesh. Saifuddin Sabuj, Director Communication and Sumon Francis Gomes of Rupantar discussed about the technical know-hows of community video. Dr. Ankuran Dutta, Managing Trustee of Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust delivered the keynote address in the seminar. While delivering the presidential address, Swapon Guha, Executive Director of Rupantar mentioned that with the rapid expansion of technology, video making has become very easy, however the community activists should concentrate on the ethical issues as well. Professor Naznin of Bangladesh Open University congratulated the Trust and Rupantar for initiating this concept in the country. Rosemary Joydhar, a media expert shared her experiences on community radio programming. Towards the end of the programme, the participants shared their experiences of working with grassroots communities of Bangladesh and consulted with the authorities concerning these issues.