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They have assimilated within the cultural folds of India and any distinction now is only surface as the Sidi consider India as their home.

The artist has assiduously compiled her work over six years travelling extensively through small pockets in the country where the Sidi reside. The photographs reveal the artist’s acute sensitivity about a community she engaged with.

Seth has made a conscious effort to ensure that the camera does not make her subjects feel awkward; rather they communicate uninhibitedly, almost ignoring the presence of the camera which is a rare quality.

Speaking about her photographs Sheth said, “For six years I travelled through much of Gujarat, Bombay, Goa, Hyderabad and the forests near Manchikere in Karnataka, where the Sidi live. It has been a long journey and my singular reward has been the friends and portraits I made on the way.

These portraits bear witness to the quotidian of a community on the margins: the Sidi at home, at work, in celebration, in prayer, at births, deaths and marriages.”

‘These are exciting and aspiring times for practicing photography as art as it allows the subject to be interpreted and understood on many levels. The admirable and inspiring works by Sheth truly exploit the dynamism of Photography as a creative medium,’ said Prof. Lochan, Director, NGMA
This exhibition is presented by NGMA in collaboration with Photoink.

When: Till 3 November 10 am onwards
Where: National Modern Art Gallery
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