PsyFiesta 2018- 19, The Annual Fest of Department of Psychology, Gargi College started out its journey of narratives by bringing together students and staff for a plantation drive. The event was organised in association with GlassEye, the filmmaking society of Gargi College and Iris, the photography society of Gargi College.
The first interaction of the day was with Dr. Anandana Kapur. A sociologist and a filmmaker, she engaged in a conversation with the students about how everything is a story and each one us, filmmakers in our own ways. Her raw storytelling and urge to bring women narratives to life left the audience inspired.
The next speaker to take over was Dr. Yogesh Snehi, a professor of history from Ambedkar University, Delhi. His belief in historical narratives of ordinary people presented the audience with a story un-thought of before – Stories of Sufi Shrines. He reminded the students the cultural side of narratives and how all the stories passed on from generation to generation, help us piece together an unwritten history.
Dr. Gauri Chakraborty, associate professor at Amity University, currently heading the Amity School of Communication, was the next to take over the stage. She bridged the real and the reel for students by talking about the origins of stories and how certain factors like experience of the maker, imaginations, fantasy and associations from real life help in coming up with timeless content that makes its way into people’s memory.
The event also consisted of two competitions – PhotoStory, where participants had to weave their own story in relation to a set of pictures presented; and Thank you, next, where participants in a group formed an impromptu story on the basis of a given first line.
Moreover, students from Department of Psychology, Gargi College also stepped up to present an account of stories, too raw and close to their hearts, some tracing back to childhood, some recollecting birthday wishes from their mothers and some, where homes juggles between Delhi and Kashmir.
The event ended with a vote of thanks and a sense of courage to bring one’s own narrative to life.