(Image: Indrajit Khambe, let me try, 2011, photo print, 24 x 36 inches; © Indrajit Khambe)
Indrajit Khambe (b. 1981, India)
Now days, the biggest treat in Indian society is the gap between rich and poor. In 1992 India made there economy open for the world. No doubt about this fact that this open economy policy brought a lot of financial opportunities for Indian society. But fact was that the only middle class of India was capable at that time to grab these opportunities. The result of this unbalance development processes was, the gap between rich and poor. Because of this cities are like a dumping ground for people and village are taking last breaths. Dynamic traditions from villages loosing it’s fragrance of soil. I was one of the spectators of this change. So as an artist I feel a responsibility to make a bridge between the people of rural and urban.
I am basically a theatre activist since 2002. I think all art forms have a common base of séances. Few days back, theatre was the basic medium to express for me. But the day I got camera in my hand, I realized the strength of this medium. First I worked on the theme named ‘Dashavtar-The night school of ethics’. Dashavtar is local theater form of Konkan region of India. This theatre plays are performed by the local artist during the festival occasions. Over the year owing to globalization and urbanization, Dashavtar is loosing its originality. I felt an urgent need to preserve Dashavtar in its true spirit. Being a passionate photographer a choose camera as a medium. This passion made me travel for more than four months, clicking around 15000 photographs.
These photographs are my tribute to those faceless people of Indian rural society who are making valiant effort to preserve one of the oldest cultures of the world.
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