'Storytellers ode to Jhelum'

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A five day visual storytelling workshop Jhelum Fables concluded with an ode to the River Jhelum presented by the participants through 50 photographs and as many stories.

Apart from the picturesque elements of the surroundings, what defined their writings and photographs of the participants who attended the workshop on the Roots houseboat situated on the river Jhelum in Srinagar brought out the spirit of the river by bringing out the relation between people and the river.

“A chair and table on a houseboat rooftop where  pigeons are eating the grains, women praying inside the rooms, walkers promenading the bund, silhouettes of shikaras, the thoughtful portraits of shopkeepers situated alongside the embankment, setting sun, moonrise  were  articulated by the participants as strong visual grammar  in their pondering on the meandering river”, said Dr Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi, the resource person of the workshop and a noted journalist of Kashmiri origin who is presently working in Rajasthan as a journalist with a renowned English daily.

The visual stories conceived by each storyteller is an Ode to the river Jhelum, also known as Vyeth in Kashmiri and Vitasta in Sanskrit. “As the soul of the workshop was imaginations, the participants practiced this art through their writings and photography.