From time immemorial, the Indian woman has always been somewhat of a mystery - desired for her sensuality, respected for her intelligence and feared for her heroic gallantry.
Commercial and advertising photographer Chaitali Chakraborty, has undertaken to do the unthinkable - to document the journey of the eternal Indian woman over centuries through a medium she knows best - photography.
As a modern woman herself, Chaitali has taken the liberty of mixing history with reality, transcending time and portraying iconic Indian women in a modern day setting. She imagines her Sita as a girl next door, having to prove herself over and over again through agnipariksha. Chaitali’s Rani Laxmibai meets her match in woman officers of the Indian Army.
Shakti Rupena is also a tribute to the new age transgender woman. In a bold step, perhaps for the first time in India, Chaitali has restrained from gender typifying them and instead photographed these women as she would any mainstream model. Often treated as outcasts in real life, these transgenders ooze oomph and glamorous in every frame.
Turning on the star quotient, Tollywood divas Debashree Roy, Sohini Sarkar, Anjana Basu and eminent models of Kolkata have ignited life into some of Chaitali’s well conceptualised characters.
Venue : Abanindra Nath Tagore Gallery, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700071 between 17 and 19th March, 2017 from 1500 hrs till 2000 hrs.
This is a India World Foundation and ICCR Initiative.