PHOTOGRAPHIC & VOCATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE, GUWAHATI
(A premier Still, Video & Digital Photographic Training Institute)
(Member of India International Photographic Council, New Delhi and Federation of Indian Photography, Kolkata.)
Govt. Regd. no. 2303(Estd 1995)
 

 

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Man Behind The Background:

In the domain of photography in Assam, the name Tapan Das needs no introduction. His photographs have graced the pages of different news papers and magazines. He was the ex- president of all Assam Photo Journalists Union. Tapan Das had worked in 16 Assamese Feature films and some documentary films as a still photographer. Tapan Das fascination for still photography began from young age and ever since, heal ways carries a camera with him to capture the wonder of nature and other great moments.

Born and brought up in Nalbari District, Das always natured a dream of being a still photographer. Mr. Das didn't take any formal education on photography. He only studied different books on photography and gathered a vast knowledge in this field. Popular cinematographer Indukalpa Hazarika helped him in learning different aspects of photography.

Tapan Das was interested in photography since his very childhood. His first news photograph was published in 'The Assam Tribune'- of the Assam Movement in 1979. Then he joined the 'Natun Dainik', a local daily, and worked there for eleven years and later he became the Chief photographer. He had the nature of 'Assam Institute of Photography' for five years from 1989 to 1994 and he was also the visiting lecturer on still photography section at Jyoti Chitraban Film and Television Institute, Kahilipara, Guwahati-19.

He received his best photo journalist's about from Assam Sport Association in 1986. In 1989 the Assam UNESCO club honored him with the 'Nabin Suriya' award. He received the best regional photo journalist award by Tami Nadu photographic society in 1981. He also won the photography competition twice held by 'Mirror magazine'.

With a view to provide interested persons with technical knowledge in photography, Tapan Das has established a well equipped still (colour & B/W), video photography & cinematography training institute in Guwahati. The institute which came up in 1995 provides an eight month certificate course in photography. Student from interior of the state come to learn photography here. Students from Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh also come to take admission in the institute under the government quota. This are two study sessions in a year. One which stats in January and the other in July. Some of his students have chosen media photography, cinema still photography, cinema still photography as their profession and many have established their own business.

To impart training in photography on a scientific and systematic basis there is hardly any institute in Assam. Some sporadic efforts have been made by some individuals who didn't have either required experience or the expertise to teach photography. At the same time there is a growing need for trained persons who could be absorbed by the Govt. Department and man- media etc. Present (10+2) system of education also lays stress on importance of this need. With a view to meet the dearth of trained people in the field of photography this institute has been established.

Admission to the institute is open to anyone keenly interested to learn photography, but knowledge of English and Assamese is essential. Due to limited space only a small number of students will be admitted to the advance, basic and crash courses which will be of 1 year, 8 months and 3 months duration respectively. In basic course there are two sessions.

First session begins from the month of January and concludes in the month of August and second session begins in month of July and concludes in the month of February.

First three months of each session begins with theory class followed by practical class in next five months. As the session ends, a final examination is being held carrying 400 marks (4 nos. of paper) and the students will have to secure minimum 40% marks in each paper. Successfully students will be issued with efficiency certificate. No certificate will be issued to unsuccessful students; therefore any claim for the same will not be entertained. During practical period, camera, film, paper and chemical will be supplied free of cost. Classes are being held once in a week (i.e. only on Sunday for 3 hours) and practical classes will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The students will attend any one of the days mentioned above. Practice classes are also held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The students can enroll themselves as a member for extra time practice to get acquainted with the trade on payment of Rs. 500.00 & they will be guided by teacher if necessary for a period of 5 months. They will have to buy film, paper, chemical etc. from the institute. Camera and other camera related accessories are being provided to them free of charge. Moreover, other three crash courses are also being held on videography, still photography and digital photography. Time duration for these courses is only three months each. Classes are being held three days in a week and the session beings from the date of admission.