Ladakh Media and Cultural Society (LMCS), Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) and Ladakh Gonpa Association (LGA) condemned the piracy of Ladakhi films, videos and audios which is allegedly putting at the stake the career of hundreds of young boys and girls besides lakhs of rupees that are involved in making films in Ladakh.
Addressing media persons at Press Club Leh, LMCS President Dechen Chamga said that now with the facilities of 4G network services, several people had been caught red-handed uploading movies while watching it directly from the hall, live on Instagram and Face book.
“This is really a serious issue and unless a check is put on this evil, the industry will continue to face colossal losses,” he added.
Chamga said that before initiating any legal action against such violators, LMCS had preferred to appeal to the people of Ladakh to discourage such practices.
“The seed of this industry was sown in 1990 with the production of the first ever feature film ‘Chespe Khachad’ in colloquial Ladakhi by the Director, Tsetan Angchuk. The story was based on the theme of education,” LMCS representative stated adding that at present there are 29 production houses including two female producers under the banner of Ladakh Media and Cultural Society (LMCS) and 29 producers under the banner of Mangyul Ladakh Film Society (MLFS).
“The Ladakh Film Industry had been privileged to entertain the people of Ladakh in the form of audio/video albums and feature films in colloquial Ladakhi for the last 27 years. Without pomp and show, it has been working in preserving art, culture and language of Ladakh in the form of folk songs, modern songs, documentary films and feature films. Till date, our production houses have produced more than 58 films, 65 video albums and more than 30 documentary films on different subjects and have been acclaimed on state, national and international levels,” it added.
It said that before the advent of digitalisation in the market, production of feature films, music albums and audios in colloquial Ladakhi were a lucrative business in the markets of Leh, Lahol and Spiti but now it is been totally paralysed due to the availability of handy gadgets for piracy. Speaking to the media Vice President LBA P.T. Kunzang also appealed to the people to support Ladakhi film makers. He said all films made in Ladakh are censored with a committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Leh with representatives from all religious communities. He also appreciated Ladakhi film makers for playing an important role in preserving rich cultural heritage of Ladakh over the years.
Similarly, Secretary Gelong Jamyang also spoke on the occasion and said that the interests of Ladakhi film makers must be protected by all sections of the society as they contribute a lot to the society.