Preservation and promotion of local heritage has become a much-debated topic in recent decades. Technological innovations and media have brought profound and innovative transformations in this sector to offer alternative ways to harness local heritages for development.
Nazir Ahmed Bulbul and his team also came with an innovative idea to contribute in this ocean of opportunities by establishing a local production channel, called NEREW (Wakhi word for rainbow). The idea is to preserve and systematically present art, material culture and local heritages through time-based media. The idea has been further supplemented by the efforts of KADO to develop the capacity of potential indigenous groups in producing broadcast quality videos and other products to promote, both. social cause of preservation and commercial cause of economic development.
The group has already initiated different projects by documenting local festivals. It has also been developing documentaries on different themes. These include interviewing elders to digitise indigenous knowledge and oral history, among others. They are also planning to use the local cable network to educate and entertain local community. For this reasons future projects will focus on developing documentaries and docu-dramas about various genres of the region’s heritage, festivals and rituals. They also want to experiment with live coverage of events, interviews with high flyers and prominent personalities of the region, health awareness programmes, education, environment related talk shows, career guidance, entertainment, dramas and development issues.
The group is now in the process of instituting an organizational mechanisms and acquiring modern equipments for the production unit. They require the support and help of all those who can help them to create linkages with other institutions, provide technical support, equipments or financial resources. To support this cause the team of Pamir Time has initially donated five thousands rupees and will also extend supports in creating linkages with relevant actors.
(If any one is interested in providing any type of help in this regard they can directly contact Nazir Ahmed Bulbul, Abdul Hameedd or inform us, the members of Pamir Times.)