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When the pictures cried…….

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Had an opportunity to visit a photo exhibition oraganised by the Indian photography fest in my city. The works of various photographers from around the world were showcased and we spent over two hours mesmerized by their extensive range of work.  Stunning visual landscapes, black and white portraits, exotic wildlife, the wrestlers of Senegal, glimpses of the platform of New York’s subway, local festival celebrations, Philippines drug war, the slums of Dharavi, many postcard pictures from everyday life and much more were put up.

But what caught my attention and ripped my heart apart were the pictures by the Mumbai based photographer Sudharak Olwe. The pictures were crying out in agony, shattering the silence of the room. Some of his works covered the images from the lives of the conservancy workers working in unimaginable conditions, the prostitutes of the red light area, jarring pictures of the deep caste prejudices among the Dalits in Maharashtra.  Each picture narrated a heart wrenching morbid tale of  life. Be it a new born baby still with its umbilical cord dumped in a garbage bin, or the prostitutes playing Holi* but with colours of pain and sadness, a man cleaning a sewage canal  buried till his neck in pit filled with filth , hanging of a Dalit for trying to speak up for his rights and many more such pictures which jolt your very being. I could do nothing to contain the tears flowing from my eyes.

Staring into their lifeless eyes

the piercing wails echo

 despair and anguish

the soul drenched in sorrow

when the tormented heart cries out,

their plea for help, unheard

nobody to feel, nobody to heal

from the dead frames hang

something which resembled a human

 life in an abyss enclosed by

gloom, filth, poverty and misery

their grieving hands probe in the perennial darkness

for a glimmer  of hope to brighten their spirit!

 

*Holi is a festival of colours played in India.

 

57 comments on “When the pictures cried…….

  1. Untraveled Routes
    October 4, 2017

    I can only visualize the images with intricate details shared by you. It must be a different experience all together, when every picture narrates a story 🙂

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 4, 2017

      Yes, an absolutely different experience. This is the first time I could feel the pictures literally talking. I think all credit goes to the amazing photographers to bring it out in their work.

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  2. Gouri (Gourav Anand)
    October 4, 2017

    Just imagined those pictures, through your words.. they speaks aren’t radhika ji!!

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  3. You force me to visualise the event ☺👌👍

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  4. Megala
    October 4, 2017

    I could visualise those photos & the emotions associated with them through your words !!

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  5. Kunal Thakore
    October 4, 2017

    Well written

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  6. k'skitchenchronicles
    October 4, 2017

    Oh the beauty of your words to define the melancholy behind the images!!! You are such a talented woman…mighty impressive 😍

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  7. Najmi Agha
    October 4, 2017

    you diptcted so well, Almighty God has blessed you with a heart made of gold, keep it up… Radhika. love u

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  8. Ben Aqiba
    October 4, 2017

    Great post Radhika,
    picture is word more than a thousandth words !

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  9. DeepikasRamblings
    October 4, 2017

    Very touching and heart breaking realities of life. We are unaware of happenings around the world…A time to be grateful for the small blessing bestowed on us..

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  10. Madhusudan
    October 4, 2017

    Taswir bahut kuchh bolti hai….ek saath etni taswiren aur utnaa hi sundarta se aapne bhavnao ko byakt kiya….bahut hi badhiya.👌👌👌

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  11. Bhavana
    October 4, 2017

    Your words are so powerful that I could imagine each picture in my mind. Very well expressed!

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  12. Vijay Krishna
    October 4, 2017

    Simply awesome…

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  13. I can see the pictures and your kind heart through your words ma’am. World should be a happy place for everyone.

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  14. Infinite Living
    October 5, 2017

    You have really invoked so much feeling through your words …these are really touching human instances.

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  15. daneelyunus
    October 5, 2017

    Nice one

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  16. Thewellness.blog
    October 5, 2017

    Photographs convey a thousand words. Must have been a very powerful medium to wring out the touching poem from you.

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  17. boundlessblessingsblog
    October 6, 2017

    Breathtaking poem so apt with what u have written about the painter and yes for sure their lives r so tormented no one is there to bother. Poor souls. Lovely words Radhika.

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  18. Somali K Chakrabarti
    October 6, 2017

    The pictures must have been really stark to have inspired such a vivid post.

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  19. thewritewomanblog
    October 8, 2017

    The images you describe are those that help us thank for all that we are blessed with but in an uncertain way explains the unfairness of life. It has often crossed my mind that if a woman had to give her body in what is generally termed as ‘prostitution’, what forces her to continue to do so? For sure, it is no choice but a form of helplessness. Or the man who cleans the sewer will not be even offered water and the tea man thinks that he can give the tea for free rather than accept coins that the filthy hands held, said one of the newspapers recently. It is a sad reality but a fact of life.
    The pictures must have touched you for the poem has so much pain.

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 8, 2017

      It is a sad reality of life, which seems so unfair for some people. The sheer lack of helpless compels them to continue I guess. The least we can do for them, is in some way brighten their life, in whatever way we can.

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  20. Nisthur Anadi
    October 9, 2017

    Every expression have emotions behind it. Some can express few can understand.

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 9, 2017

      Yes! 🙂

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      • Nisthur Anadi
        October 9, 2017

        You are one Gem that express and understand both of them equally well . Rare but real among us.

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      • radhikasreflection
        October 9, 2017

        Thanks a ton for the words of appreciation. It has made my day😇😇

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      • Nisthur Anadi
        October 9, 2017

        Wow I loved your comment you are so sincere in your writing and replying for comments. Radhika that makes you rare and your writing special.

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      • radhikasreflection
        October 9, 2017

        😇🤗😄

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      • Nisthur Anadi
        October 9, 2017

        Lol….Smiles are cute…..

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