The social media giant, Instagram is organising its first-ever photo exhibition in India at the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Kolkata of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, titled ‘Bengal’s Diversity in Pictures.’ Kolkata thus becomes the first and only city in India to host such a distinctive exhibition showcasing the diversity and rich heritage of a place. This event was inaugurated by Member of Parliament Derek O’Brien, who was all praise for this unique initiative and suggested taking it to schools and colleges to spread Bengal’s beauty.
The theme of the exhibition is ‘Celebrating Diversity of Bengal.’ It will be open to all from today till January 9, from 12 pm to 8 pm. Speaking to Mr Mehta from Facebook, the parent company of Instagram, revealed that it was the passion of Kolkata’s photographers and the rich imagery of Bengal that brought this exhibition to Kolkata. In his words “it was hard to beat Kolkata in the competition.” On display are photographs of 17 city-based photographers which bring the diversity of West Bengal’s people, wildlife, landscape, architecture and food, among others, to a single room. Images are universal, though; they transcend language and cultural barriers.
Derek O'Brien at the exhibition
One of the photographers featured is Pinak Pramanik from Shantipur, Nadia district, who works in the night shift at the Postal Department. For him, it is a balance between work and the passion for photography that keeps him going.
The exhibition also showcases some of the festivals of Bengal such as Durga Puja and Chirstmas along with cultural heritage like the Chhau dance form of Purulia district. The wide array of photographs captures some of the most interesting and breathtaking stories and thoughts. One must stop by the exhibition to catch a glimpse of the beauty of Bengal that sometimes goes unnoticed.
Some of the photographs at the exhibition
Lead image: Facebook