| Briton photographer Olivia Arthur (right) shoots Anand Kumar taking a class at Super30 on Thursday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
Say cheese! For Anand Kumar and his Super30 students, it’s time for a click.
Anand, whose Super30 institute has grabbed attention across the world, is now the subject of renowned photographer Olivia Arthur. The Briton lenswoman will shoot the life, struggle and achievements of Anand and his institute that prepares underprivileged students for the coveted IIT and other engineering colleges.
This would be Anand’s first stint with a shutterbug after channels Al Jazeera, France 24 and the Chinese government-owned television CCTV captured the success story of Super30 and Anand through documentary films.
Thirty-year-old Arthur will focus entirely on Anand’s out-of-the-box institute.
“My project revolves around various facets of Anand Kumar, Super30, former students of the institute who are pursuing engineering in IITs and their family members. I would try to show how the lives of the students changed through proper guidance from Anand,” Arthur said.
On Thursday, the photographer had a chat with a few Super30 students. She gathered information on their family background and how their lives have changed since they joined Super30. Arthur aims to hold a photo exhibition in London on her current project. Each photograph will carry a caption on the life and struggle of the students, Super30 and its mentor.
Arthur, a mathematics graduate from Oxford University, will also meet the family members of the former Super30 students who cracked IIT and other engineering entrance tests. Explaining the project, a visibly happy Anand said: “Arthur will visit the houses of former Super30 students like Satish Kumar, whose mother ekes out a living by stitching clothes.”
Satish, who hails from a lower-middle class family, cracked the IIT-JEE in 2008. He is now in the final-year of chemical engineering at IIT-Guwahati.
Also on Arthur’s list is Anand Kishore’s family based in Nalanda. Kishore is studying mechanical engineering at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. Kishore’s father and brothers are labourers at Bazaar Samiti, Patna.
Heaping praise on Anand, Arthur said: “He is doing a good work without any commercial gain. The biggest beneficiaries of Anand’s efforts are poor students.”
Arthur learned about Anand on the Internet. Before visiting Super30, she did a thorough research on the mathematician through articles published on him. She has a number of awards to her credit. She has been conferred the Vic Odden Award, Royal Photographic Society in 2010, the Laureate Photographe, Foundation Jean-Luc Lagardere, Paris, in 2008, OjodePez-PhotoEspana Award for Human Values, Madrid, in 2008. Some of her photo exhibitions were at New York Photo Festival, PhotoEspana festival, Madrid and others.