Panaji August 22nd Aug, 2019 …. Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant urged the Photo Journalist Association of Goa to take a lead to unravel unidentified touristic spots in the State and provide due exposure to these spot so that they come in public eye to boost tourism. Goa is a Touristic destination. There are various spots in the Goa which are not shown and not highlighted in touristic map, he added.
Speaking as a Chief Guest at World Photography Day celebration organized by Goa Photo Journalist Association in the city today, Dr. Sawant appealed to the Photo Journalists Association to initiate and start Photography courses in State under the Scheme of the Directorate of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. This will help to encourage the youth to develop hidden talents in photography among Goan youth, he remarked.
Complementing the Association for displaying the contribution to the State by former CM Shri Parrikar’s through photography in one section, recalled his tenure under his leadership. Government has decided to bring out a book on Shri Manohar Parrikar on his birthday, i.e December 13, he said and urged the Goa Photo Journalist Association to provide rare photographs of Parrikar for incorporation in that book. He appealed to the Association to engage special events like IFFI to provide photographs of such event so as to Government need not empanel any outside agency for the purpose.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Art and Culture, Shri Govind Gaude said that a picture always speaks thousands of words. Things cannot be expressed in words, emotions that cannot be explained easily. But a picture can definitely speak one’s expression and feelings, he pointed. Photography is an art and Photo Journalist has to click the photo sometimes in any dangerous situation to give the effect to the situation.
Chief Minister and Minister for Art and Culture felicitated Shri Prashant Yelekar, Shri Laurenco Fernandes and Shri Makarand Barve for their dedicated services in their photographic profession. They also gave away the prizes to the winner of the competition organized by Goa Photo Journalist Association.
Director, Information and Publicity, Smt Meghana Shetgaonkar, was a special invitee on the occasion.
President Goa Photo Journalist Association, Shri Sandeep Desai, welcomed the guests and Shri Ganesh Shetkar compered the function.