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Each photograph has a story to tell, woven together by every element within the frame. Like shards of glass in a mosaic, each part plays an integral role in defining that moment, that space and that photograph. Each unit of the whole is in itself complete; yet it belongs to the whole, sharing a story, a moment in time. The kaleidoscope, too, functions through ordered chaos – complex patterns of ever-changing shapes and colours creating a complex set of circumstances that unite to create something beautiful.
The people photographed in the Kaleidoscope series are part of a larger world. The method involved in creating the series lies in the juxtaposition of individuals with the space in which they exist, their surroundings and the people who make up those surroundings. When viewed through a kaleidoscope, all this comes together to tell a story. An expression or a moment arrests you, becoming something that you want to capture in time and space.
~ Text in collaboration with Manvi Gautam.
~ Sagar Shiriskar is a freelance photographer based in India, where he also works on fiction, non-fiction and documentary films. He completed his post-graduate studies from the Film and Television Institute of India.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
From our archive:
Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).