My City,My Story

Chatterjee found his love for the lens when he visited Kashmir as a 14-year-old.

Written by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published: August 27, 2013 4:42 am

The sight of children playing in the rain,people struggling to make their way through water-clogged streets,hour-long traffic jams,Red Fort’s Mughal architecture and a man sleeping on his cart after a tiring day — these are photographer Krishnendu Chatterjee’s way of reflecting the spirit of the Capital in his exhibition “Delhi- Its Own Way” at the India Habitat Centre.

Chatterjee found his love for the lens when he visited Kashmir as a 14-year-old. He convinced his father that his trip would be incomplete without a camera. While talking about his 11 photographs which are on display,Chatterjee points out his favourite photograph,which is of two young boys,kanwariyas,who had covered miles on foot to bring water from the holy river in Haridwar and whom he had traced from the beginning of their journey to the end. “They had a smile on their faces when they reached Delhi and were at a tent in Ramesh Nagar. I followed them because I wanted to see what they achieved through their journeyand for what reason they struggle so much,” says the 46-year-old.

A Bengali by birth,it is not a surprise to see the immersion of Durga’s idol in the Yamuna in one of his photographs. Talking about this black-and-white photograph,he says,

“I am disturbed by the pollution in the Yamuna; the river

is the city’s lifeline. And this is the message I have tried

to convey.”

The exhibition is on display at Delhi O Delhi till August 31. Contact: 2468 2001

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