Earlier this month, World Vision India sent me to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, India to document problems being faced by HIV positive people in the wake of a severe shortage of Antiretroviral drugs. This work will be part of Ek Nazar, a group exhibition where I share space with with Srinivas Kuruganti and Mark Antony, on the occasion of World AIDS Day in Delhi. The exhibition will later travel to many cities across India.
The Siddis (Indians of African descent) of Hyderabad are a proud community. The elders love to talk about how their ancestors came to India as freemen, how the Nizam was so impressed by the community’s loyalty and valour that he formed a separate regiment called the African Cavalry Guards and how bravely they had fought in the World War II in battles as far Aden. They play the distinctly African instruments- Marfa and Duff and sing in a language they no longer understand. They continue to live in the small quarters that the Nizam had built for them in Masab Tank. They take the train to Ajmer every May and offer a chadar to Khwaja Garib Nawaz. The youngsters enjoy playing Hockey and Football at a ground in Shanti Nagar. They are surprised when I tell them about the Siddis of Gujarat and northern Karnataka. They complain about lack of employment opportunities and show me the small community gyms they built.
AC Guards, Hyderabad. March 2012.
Samatbhai Jivabhai Bharawad (18) of the Maldhari community grazes his buffaloes at a proposed site for a Maruti Suzuki automobile plant near Hansalpur, about 110km from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The Maldharis, who are nomadic herdmen, along with farmers from the region, have been opposing the plant on grounds that it is coming up on fertile farm and pastoral lands.
Shot on assignment for Capital magazine, Germany in March 2014.
Minutes after midnight on June 01, 2014. Tank Bund, Hyderabad.