‘Star Talk One’ flagged off in Guwahati

‘Star Talk One’ event organised by the Stars of North East (SoNE) Group, hosted by Unity Education Foundation, was held in Guwahati on Sunday. This was the first of a series that aims at giving platform to young professionals to speak on subjects of current importance.

At the outset, AS Tapader, founder director of Unity Education Foundation, felicitated upcoming theatre star Kismat Bano, who has been nominated for the ‘Young Talent Artiste Award (2016-2017)’ by the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC). Kismat will receive the award from the hands of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh at a function to be held at the Raj Bhawan, Itanagar on August 25m 2017.

Kismat, who was also a speaker at the Star Talk event, explained the difference between film and theatre. She however made it known that having completed a 40-day film making course in Pune recently she is now busy on the scripts of two films she plans to make in the coming months. Side by side, she also gave a glimpse of the hurdles she had to face initially in her career and how she tackled those.

Salma Hussain, human rights worker and The Assam News Youth Icon 2016, spoke on ‘Being Social’. She started by citing a few examples of suicides committed by young and talented people in our society in recent days. According to Salma, “The causes of most of the suicides are social isolation. Mere presence in the social media does not make us social. We need to relate to our friends and build close bonding with family and relations.”

Digital & Social media strategist, Syed Mohsin Raja, who had his education at the London School of Business and is the founder of the Social Media Club Assam, lucidly explained the subtle differences between digital and social media. Supported with data, he made the audience aware about the need for using the media for enhancing knowledge and cautioned the young generation not to make any post or comments in the social media for which they might have to lament later.

In a video message from Ahmedabad conveyed while the event was on, Neida Khurshid, informed the gathering that ‘Teach for India’ have set up their office in Guwahati and preliminary work in the State has already begun. Under the Teach for India scholarship, youngsters take a two year off from work to teach children in rural and slum areas of the country, Neida, a girl from Guwahati, had given up her job as architect, and taught the children in a school located at Jamalpur, a slum area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The deliberations were followed by question-answer sessions. Thereafter the members participated in an interactive session with Prof Baniprasanna Misra, former Professor and Director, Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, Siliguri.The event concluded with a vote of thanks offered by Ikram Hussain, motivation speaker.