The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Life through their lenses
This is the portrait of our locality in old Calcutta. A minstrel is singing in praise of Goddess Shitala. Some children have gathered around him — Photograph taken by 14-year-old Sunita Sen of Bowbazar area

Innocent eyes mesmerised by the sight of a strange equipment — the camera. For them it was a magic box. And then one day, when two photographers, Suvendu Chatterjee and Kushal Ray, approached them and asked them if they were willing to learn and handle the ‘box’, the kids were overjoyed. That was October 2001. With the help of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee and UNICEF, a project was undertaken to empower sex workers’ children through photography. The project (“ensuing child rights of the sex workers’ children through creative expression’’) helped them be educated in a new medium and thereby realise their self-worth by judging the world around them. The camera has kindled their urge to know and understand their world.

When: Till December 13; 12 noon - 7 pm

Where: Indian Museum, Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall

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