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Bringing Naga folk stories to life
Published on 14 Jan. 2009 1:50 AM IST
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A three -week workshop in storytelling through animation medium held in Dimapur starting January 6 has provided a platform for young people from different tribes in Nagaland together, where a group of young people in Dimapur have decided to start the year by getting together and learning about animation. Secretary of Adivasi Arts Trust, Tara Douglas expressed eagerness to involve young people in Nagaland in the project in making the first 3D animation film inspired by Naga art and story-telling. Nagaland Animation Workshop is a programme conceived by Tribal Weave in collaboration with the UK based Adivasi Arts Trust, and has received support from the state government of Nagaland. The animation workshop would continue till January 25. Participants hail from different Naga tribes providing a strong cultural element to it; they are working to convert their own indigenous storytelling tradition into animation. During the first week of the workshop, twelve students discovered processes that went into making an animation film. The film would use different types of 3D animation, ranging from simple movement of objects and animate them directly under the camera, to models created and animated using the most complex virtual reality software. Here, students are working on how to create an animated title sequence with cowrie shell designs that move using the technique of stop motion animation. Cowrie shells, traditionally used to decorate shawls and jewellery in Nagaland, might just be able to contribute an indigenous look to the animation film. The film would be using 3D animation techniques consisting of sculptures, jewellery and ornaments of Naga art rather than drawing or painting. The introductory workshop would involve participants in the film making process. Among the participants, Oyimbong Imchen, a young Naga animator from Delhi demonstrated how the wooden sculptures and elaborate tribal ornaments could be recreated in the computer using high end cg software. Ketuoravi-ü Marina from Kohima would be lending her voice for the soundtrack of short animation film "Nagaland". The soundtrack aimed to blend tradition music and song with modern technology to create a unique sound suited to visual blend of ancient art and cg animation.

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