IIP Presents: Let's Talk Photography with Rajesh Goyal - A Glimpse into the Government's Perspective on Photography as an Art and Industry

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Fri, 01 Sep 2023

 IIP Presents: Let's Talk Photography with Rajesh Goyal - A Glimpse into the Government's Perspective on Photography as an Art and Industry

Let's Talk Photography with Rajesh Goyal - A Glimpse into the Government's Perspective on Photography as an Art and Industry

In a thought-provoking episode of IIP presents Let's Talk Photography with Rajesh Goyal, we dive deep into the intriguing subject of how the Government of India perceives photography not just as an art form, but also as a vibrant industry and an integral component of the national education policy.

Host Rajesh Goyal: Greetings, photography enthusiasts! Today, we have a distinguished guest, Abhimanyu Jindal, Photo Officer at Lalit Kala Akademi and Technical Expert & Head of Photography Projects at the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. We're here to explore how the government views photography's multifaceted roles.

Abhimanyu Jindal: Thank you for having me, Rajesh. It's a pleasure to be part of this enlightening conversation. The Government of India acknowledges photography's significance in myriad ways. Firstly, as an art form, photography is celebrated for its ability to convey emotions, stories, and cultural expressions. The Lalit Kala Akademi plays a pivotal role in nurturing and promoting visual arts, including photography. We encourage photographers to capture diverse facets of Indian culture, contributing to our cultural heritage.

Rajesh Goyal: Absolutely, Abhimanyu. Photography isn't just confined to galleries; it's a powerful medium for documentation and storytelling. How does the government perceive photography as an industry?

Abhimanyu Jindal: Indeed, Rajesh. Photography has evolved into a thriving industry. The government recognizes its economic potential, from commercial photography to tourism promotion. We work in collaboration with various bodies to provide platforms and opportunities for photographers to showcase their skills. Moreover, the Ministry of Culture acknowledges photography's role in preserving our rich heritage.

Rajesh Goyal: Fascinating! Now, turning our focus to education how does the government integrate photography into the national education policy?

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Abhimanyu Jindal: Photography is increasingly seen as an essential subject in schools. It fosters creativity, critical thinking, and visual communication skills. UNESCO advocates for integrating photography into educational curricula to enhance students' artistic sensibilities. The government is taking steps to align national policies with this vision, promoting photography as an accessible and enriching subject.

Rajesh Goyal: It's heartening to witness photography gaining recognition across spheres. What are the roles and responsibilities of the Lalit Kala Akademi and the Ministry of Culture in this context?

Abhimanyu Jindal: Both Lalit Kala Akademi and the Ministry of Culture have vital roles. Lalit Kala Akademi focuses on fostering artistic expressions, including photography, through exhibitions, workshops, and scholarships. The Ministry of Culture plays a broader role in policy-making, funding, and promoting cultural activities, emphasizing the significance of visual arts in our society.

Rajesh Goyal: Thank you, Abhimanyu, for sharing these valuable insights. It's evident that the government recognizes photography's holistic impact. As we wrap up, what message would you like to share with aspiring photographers?

Abhimanyu Jindal: To all the budding photographers out there, your art matters. Your photographs have the power to influence, educate, and inspire. Embrace your creativity and continue capturing the essence of our society, culture, and heritage.

Rajesh Goyal: Thank you once again, Abhimanyu, for shedding light on this pivotal topic. To our audience, keep the passion for photography burning bright!

This captivating podcast episode offers an enlightening glimpse into the Government of India's perspective on photography from its recognition as an art form and a burgeoning industry to its integration into education and cultural preservation. Join us in this riveting conversation as we uncover the multidimensional facets of photography's role in India's socio-cultural fabric.

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