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The power of she

The power of she
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Ya Devi sarva-bhuteshu, Shakti rupena sansthita. The Sanskrit shloka encapsulates: The Omnipresent Goddess is the embodiment of Power. Sharmistha Dutta’s photography exhibition being hosted at The Gallery on MG is a three week long exhibition, celebrating the latest works from her collection – Durga. The exhibition is also being supported by Sulabh International, a renowned social organization that fights against social injustices and gender biases in India.

Sharmistha Dutta, an experienced photographer, a proficient designer and art director will be showcasing her solo photography exhibition starting this Women's Day on the 8th of March. Her collection of photographs highlights the emergence of women in India comparing them with the deity Durga – A dynamic power house to overcome the evils of the rural society of India.

About her exhibition she elaborates, 'For the initial accumulation of the story I have travelled to Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi and spent a lot of time researching and shooting in Vrindavan. My soul purpose for this exhibition is to create awareness about the violence faced by the widows of India.

I want to generate public attention towards their vulnerability and thereby help raise their social acceptability. I believe it’s not just the people living in rural India who treat their widows and women badly, but it’s a practice that is also shockingly prevalent amongst the educated people living in the big cities. It’s a mindset that we need to fight and change.'

At the forefront of this significant social reform is Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh who in less than two years, he has done much towards the welfare and upliftment of the women of Vrindavan and has been able to transform the lives of these women. Where once there were tears of pain and a wish to die, there’s now a smile on their faces and a desire to live. Apart from healthcare and nutrition, Sulabh also provides education and vocational training.

WHEN: 8 to 28 March, 11 am to 7 pm everyday
WHERE: The Gallery on MG
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