28th August 2017, Canchipur: The Tales of the Tribes’, a 38 minute long animation film of five Indian tribal folktales was screened today and afterwards discussed at the Conference Hall, Anthropology Department, Manipur University (MU) at 1.00 pm. The programme started with the formal introduction of Tara Doughlas, Secretary, Adivasi Arts Trust by Prof. MC Arunkumar, the Head of Anthropology Dept., MU. Taraq Doughlas presented a PowerPoint preview, and then followed with a screening. Tara Doughlas is also associated with the film as Coordinator, Producer and Co-animator. The Adivasi Arts Trust (www.adivasiartstrust.org) is a UK registered charity (no. 1132550) that works to preserve and promote indigenous art and culture of India through digital media and engages indigenous artists. The stories in the Tales of the Tribes series are: 1. The Story of the Peacock from the Pardhan Gonds of Madhya Pradesh; 2. Man Tiger Spirit from the Angami tribe of Nagaland; 3. Abotani from the Tani tribes of Arunachal Pradesh; 4. Nye Mayel Kyong from the Lepcha of Sikkim; 5. Tapta from Manipur.
1. The Story of the Peacock from the Pardhan Gonds of Madhya Pradesh
When Bara Dev created the peacock he first made all the parts – the head, feathers, tail, legs and crown separately. The Lapwing decided that she would take the legs for herself. This film was developed by Gond artists and students of the National Institute of Design (www.nid.edu) in 2012. The production was completed in 2015.
2. Man Tiger Spirit from the Angami tribe of Nagaland
Spirit, Tiger and Man are three brothers born from a union between sky and earth. The three were unable to live together in harmony, and Man used his cunning to outwit Tiger, forcing him to live in the jungle. Man is separated from Spirit but becomes an important chief who remembers his dependence on nature.
Man Tiger Spirit was completed in 2011 with support from the Government of Nagaland. The film was premiered at the Hornbill Festival 2011. http://www.nagalandanimationfilm.blogspot.in
3. Abotani from the Tani tribes of Arunachal Pradesh
Abotani is a story about the mythical hero Abotani and his relationship with his brother, a spirit or Yapom. Pre-production for this film took place in Arunachal Pradesh in early 2013 in collaboration with the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation and Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar. The production was completed in 2015, and the film was premiered at RGU with HE J.P. Rajkhowa in 2015.
4. Nye Mayel Kyong from the Lepcha of Sikkim
A Lepcha folktale of an adventure in a mythical place called Nye Mayel Kyong was chosen for the first short animation film from Sikkim. This is a story of a hunter who stumbles upon Paradise while he is hunting a wild boar in the forest.
Pre-production for this film took place in March 2010 in Sikkim in collaboration with the Nyamgyal Institute of Tibetology (Gangtok), Echostream and the Directorate of Handloom and Handicraft (Gangtok). The workshop received support from the Commonwealth Foundation and a grant for production from National Geographic All Roads. The production by Girgit Studios in Pune was completed in 2014. http://www.animationfilmfromsikkim.blogspot.in
5. Tapta from Manipur
Tapta is a slapstick comedy arising from mistaken identity and imaginary fear. It is one of the most popular folktales of the Meitei community chosen for the short film in an Animation Workshop held in Manipur in March 2012. The film was completed by the Manipur Film Development Corporation in 2015.
The Tales of the Tribes films are introduced by an animated presenter character, Dr Verrier Elwin, who also invites young audiences to choose their favorite story out of the collection of five. The Animation Workshop to bring Verrier Elwin to life as the Presenter took place at Centurion University, Orissa from 10 Aug- 2 Sept2016.
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