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September 14, 2016

Delve Into The World Of Mahesh Shantaram’s African Portraits

Text by Huzan Tata. All images courtesy of Mahesh Shantaram and Tasveer.

Take a look at this minority community of India through the photographer’s lens

(Click on any image to view in larger gallery.)

India, as the world knows, is a land of many cultures and communities, each one an important part of the country’s makeup. And one of the lesser-known minority groups is that of the Africans. In his latest photography show, documentary photographer Mahesh Shantaram captures on camera the many faces and emotions of this race, rarely seen in a positive light in our country. As Caroline Bertram aptly writes, ‘each portrait plays a part in unravelling the complex web of experiences of Africans in India, that put together, paint a picture of loneliness, placelessness and a sense of hostility’.  Striking, moving and hard-hitting, each image opens the viewer’s eyes to the ‘real’ people of this community, and stays with you long after.

The African Portraits is on display at Tasveer, Bengaluru (26/1, Sua House, Kasturba Cross Road) until September 23, 2016

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