Chitrabani is at the service of communication media for last 41 years. It conducts Media Educational programmes like Cinematography Workshops (a four-month programme), Digital Editing Workshops (a four-month programme), and Initiation to Filmmaking (a four-month programme). Adult Education through Radio is another successful programme Chitrabani conducts. Started in 1992 Adult Education through Radio, (Chetana) offers a forum for discussion of topics that are immediately useful to listeners. These listeners are spread out mainly in West Bengal, North Eastern India, Bihar, Jharkhand and Bangladesh. The programmes are of 8 minutes each, four programmes forming one module.
The other major events managed by Chitrabani are the Kolkata Short Film Festival (the 8th KSFF was organized from 5 to 10 December, 2012) and the Decentralization of Radio Veritas Asia Bengali Service.
The Rita Ray Memorial Library is a unique library in the country which has over 13,328 books and many magazines. Most of the books are on Media Education. Though the inflow of new and active members have decreased the books on filmmaking, photography, mass communication, are much in demand by the visiting members. The magazines such as American Cinematographer, Sight and Sound, Film Quarterly are also in good demand. Chitrabani is still finding its way in order to respond to the changing times and technological innovation in the field of communication media. The kind of technology and media that Chitrbani has been preoccupied with during the past years need a serious review, so that our relevance does not come under question.
Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC)
The EMRC St. Xavier’s Kolkata, was established in 1986 for producing undergraduate educational television programmes for the Countrywide Classroom of the Government of India. The Centre was rechristened as EMMRC in 2004. In addition to producing television programmes it also produces e-content.
The programmes made by EMMRC are telecast on Doordarshan (DD-1) for the entire country between 5.30 a.m. and 6.00 a.m. everyday. In addition to this Gyandarshan and DD Bharati telecast these programmes at different time slots everyday. Programmes are now made also in Bengali and they are telecast on DD-7 four times a week under the title of ‘Barnali’. At present these programmes are telecast between 9.30 a.m. and 10 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and between 4.10 p.m. and 4.40 p.m. on Saturdays.
A channel dedicated entirely to Higher Educational was launched in 2003. The channel known as Vyas, telecasts programmes 24×7. These are mainly programmes made on the syllabus and they follow a lecture mode of presentation.
The basic objective of all these programmes is to update, upgrade, and enrich the syllabi, especially in the rural and semi-urban areas of India. These programmes also try to build awareness about the rich and varied culture and tradition of India.
EMMRC is presently situated at 50 Circus Avenue, Kol-17. Over a period of 17 years, EMMRC has produced 10170 English programmes. In addition to this it has produced 308 Bengali programmes. 80 programmes were converted into e-content and they are available on the website: This Centre has won a total of 48 national awards in different All India Video Competitions held over the years.