Panel Discussion - Instagram as a Social Phenomenon

Panel Discussion

Date: Mar 23, 2019
Time: 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm IST
Venue: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai


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Chennai Photo Biennale and Rage communication present a panel that will address how Instagram influences our personal and professional lives and the many ways people use it today.

Moderated by Archana Abraham from Rage communication.

From filters to hashtags and stories to IGTV, Instagram has brought in a new jargon, lifestyle and culture that is so integral to this generation. It is the one social media networking app which is so much more than just uploading and liking pictures. What are the crucial reasons why it has surged up the popularity chart? Who is an influencer and how did they get there? How do you get followers? What is the impact this medium has on society? Join us as we discuss our insta lives - and where this movement is taking us today.

Come join us as we get together and hear it from our panelists!

About the Panelists:

Prashanth Vishwanathan
is a visual communicator, working in the development sector and on news and assignment stories from all across India. He has worked professionally in this field since 2006.

His experience varies from working for newswires (Reuters,Bloomberg,Getty), newspapers ( New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The National), magazines, ( Forbes, Businessweek,Time , Newsweek) , non government organizations ( UNDP, UNICEF, Save The Children, International Labour Organization, Action Aid), and other feature agencies.

Today the focus of his work is on documentary film making and photography. He Co-runs a production agency JDot Productions, directing films for corporate social responsibility, international non-government agencies and news media. Social media communication and dissemination form an integral part of his work.

Mathangi Krishnamurthy is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin, and was an Andrew W.Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Her areas of interest include the anthropology of work and gender, medical anthropology, urban studies, globalization, and effective labour. Her new book "1-800-Worlds: The Making of the Indian Call Centre Economy" published by OUP in 2018 chronicles the labour practices, life-worlds, and media atmospheres of Indian call centre workers, and locates them within the socio-political context of the new Indian middle classes

Anto Philip has been very passionate from a very young age and co-founded a company to build a community for the youth of India. With this dream, six years ago, they started Under 25! Since then, there?s been no looking back for the company which now hosts the acclaimed ?Under 25 Summit? which is India?s Largest Youth Festival also featured by Forbes as a festival to look forward to. Today, Under 25 is India's leading Youth Culture brand with multiple verticals such as Under 25 Dictionary, Under 25 News, Under 25 Dayum Etc.

Under 25 is the largest platform on Instagram focusing on the age group 18-25 with a collective network reach of 4 Million and follower base of 200k followers.

Amrita Samant A Sony Artisan and Profoto mentor, she is one of the most recognized and published photographers based in India and Singapore. An absolute natural when it comes to portraying children in their element, her versatility varies from doing portraits to documenting the lives of families with realism. When she isn?t shooting her little baby clients, she is working on non-profit projects to make this world a better place for them.

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