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Netha, a photograph collection by Kandukuri Ramesh Babu captures the lives of Telangana handloom weavers

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Photos taken by Hyderabad-based Kandukuri Ramesh Babu’s images narrate tales of hope and resilience

Hyderabad-based Kandukuri Ramesh Babu’s images narrate tales of hope and resilience

Kandukuri Ramesh Babu finds the extraordinary within the odd. With a Nikon D 90 as his device, the Hyderabad-based journalist-turned photographer captures images that narrate tales of hope and resilience of handloom weavers. The picture exhibition Netha options 85 images displayed at Samanyashastram Artwork Gallery in OU Colony, Manikonda. The photographs depict myriad moods — pleasure, contentment and a combating spirit. “My intention is to indicate and have fun the soul of a weaver and his never-say-die perspective,” says Ramesh.

The journey

Kandukuri Ramesh Babu

Kandukuri Ramesh Babu
| Photograph Credit score: Particular association

Ramesh’s journey started in 2018 with a authorities undertaking to doc essential weaving centres within the State. The undertaking, Ramesh says, was to place the highlight on handloom clusters to showcase the Telangana vaibhavam (glory) . Travelling for eight months, with round 10 days in every village, Ramesh visited the clusters of Pochampally, Koyyalagudem, Gattuppal, Siripuram, Vellanki, Puttapaka, Pothireddypally, Alampuram, Gadwal, Narayanapet, Siddipet and Sircilla. “I fell sick after the journey because the lives of handloom weavers whose lives and struggles relied on grasp weavers deeply affected me,” he recollects.

A weaver’s home By Ramesh Babu

A weaver’s residence By Ramesh Babu
| Photograph Credit score: Particular association

Ramesh went again later that 12 months to seize their lives via his lens. “The folks in my footage have been struggling towards odds to make their lives and handlooms higher. What was heartening was to see their sustained efforts to not despair even whereas dwelling in poverty. A bit of presidency help can do wonders within the lives of the handloom weavers,” he factors out.

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A loom mendacity in a storeroom in Gattuppal with a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi takes centre stage in a 28×42 cm {photograph}. “2022 is a crucial milestone for unbiased India . We have to examine the state of the handloom weaver on this vital 12 months,” says Ramesh wanting on the body.

 Hands that weave by Kandukuri Ramesh Babu

Palms that weave by Kandukuri Ramesh Babu
| Photograph Credit score: Particular association

{A photograph} from Gadwal exhibits an aged girl — the mom of a weaver – sitting majestically in her house-cum-workshop with a inexperienced door. “Greater than half of their home has been demolished to put roads. The inexperienced door signifies hope and alter, mirrored within the sparkle in her eyes.” elaborates Ramesh.

Recollecting the experiences at Sircilla, Ramesh says, “There are 26,000 households within the energy loom sector in Sircilla when in comparison with the 72 households within the area of handloom. They’ve mini-looms and weave towels and handkerchiefs and look optimistic.” Whereas a lady rearing silkworm depicts the essential position they play, a number of the different frames embody a portrait of Konda Laxman Bapuji present in weavers’ homes. “He’s thought of a god amongst weavers for establishing cooperative societies.” Then there are portraits of grasp weaver Gajam Govardhan, Gajam Anjaiah, a carpenter who repairs looms in Pochampally, and 92-year-old Konka Sailu, one of many designers of Siddipet Gollabhama sarees engrossed in placing a design in a ebook.

A weaver working in a sitting position by Kandukuri Ramesh Babu

A weaver working in a sitting place by Kandukuri Ramesh Babu
| Photograph Credit score: Particular association

Handloom weavers are like artists and characterize all of us, says Ramesh. “We now have to protect these distinctive weaving types. They want institutional help from the federal government and nurturing from the folks. I would like folks to see their troubles and dealing types in these images to attach with their soul.”

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Whereas Shantha Biotech founder Ok I Varaprasad Reddy has helped in printing the images, Ramesh hopes to present 50 per cent of the proceeds from the gross sales of every {photograph} to the weaver in that picture.

The exhibition ends in November.

By- The Hindu

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