Ravi Kanojia, Principal Photographer with The Indian Express, died Monday in an accident while in Jhansi on an assignment to cover a water train in the drought-hit region. He was 34. He is survived by his parents and three sisters.
Kanojia joined the Ludhiana bureau of The Indian Express in April 2005. He moved to New Delhi in 2009.
An outstanding photographer whose work in and outside Delhi won him wide acclaim, Kanojia was honoured for creative excellence by the Press Council of India in 2014 for his coverage of those displaced in the Muzaffarnagar riots. He was also felicitated by the Delhi government for “capturing the spirit of Delhi” through his photographs.
His recent assignments took him to Nabarangpur in southern Odisha, India’s poorest district and the subject of a year-long assignment by The Indian Express titled District Zero.
Kanojia was in Jhansi to report the drought in Bundelkhand, one of the many regions being covered by The Indian Express as part of its drought coverage. A 10-wagon train filled with water has been stationed at Jhansi for four days now since Uttar Pradesh insists it has no need for this from the Centre.
In Lucknow, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced an ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh for Kanojia’s family. His parents live in Ludhiana.