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Life through a lens

Sequestra, an exhibition of photographs by N. Prasanna Kumar, opens today at the Alliance Francaise


LET NOT words, but light speak, says N. Prasanna Kumar describing his passion for photography. The 24-year-old graduate of the Government College of Arts and Crafts is displaying his works at the Alliance Francaise gallery from November 13 to 22.

The Alliance, as part of its golden jubilee celebrations, is promoting young talent and persons with unique interests through it various programmes, which are being held round the year. "I consider it an honour to be part of the celebrations and for the opportunity to showcase my work," says a delighted Prasanna Kumar.

The exhibition, titled "Sequestra", comprises 30 frames - 10 in black and white and 10 in colour. While the remaining 10 photographs are basically experiments with light, colour and format, they bear testimony to Prasanna's skill as a lensman.

Why the name "Sequestra" for a photo exhibition? "I have focussed on the lives of the Vagriyar tribals, who lead an isolated or sequestered life, untouched as yet by urbanisation. My camera has tried to capture various aspects of tribal culture - the images are stark, true-to-life."

Incidentally, Prasanna Kumar's award-winning entry in the Tashkent House of Photography Contest (2002), Uzbekistan, "Royal Pose" was that of an elder of the same tribe. Bagging a prize meant a lot to the young photographer, as there were entries from as many as 18 countries.

Prasanna's talent lies in his ability to infuse vibrancy into the mundane. His dream: to produce socio-cultural documentaries and explore new photographic formats.

"Sequestra" opens this evening at 6.30 p.m.

M.M.

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