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 © Siddhartha Hajra (
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0 photo(s)
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created on 25-04-2011
0 project comment(s)
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0 photos comment(s)
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This work in progress is my attempt to engage with the life of a transgender artist, Monorama, who lives in Calcutta, India.
During spring, Monorama performs in closed community spaces, often the bastis (slums) and paras (neighbourhoods) of Calcutta and its suburbs. She impersonates the goddess Sitala who is believed to provide protection from small pox (and chicken pox). The selection of photographs are from some of these aforementioned performances - before the actual enactment of the performance, during and after.
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 © Siddhartha Hajra (
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11 photo(s)
and 0 draft(s),
created on 08-01-2009
2 project comment(s)
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39 photos comment(s)
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Pahelwans: The Wrestlers
This is a photo documentary project that I am working on currently. It is about the life of some Indian wrestlers who belong to a particular akhra(gym) here in Calcutta. I wish to bring more depth into the story as time evolves and my relationship with them does likewise. Most of these wrestlers are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who live and work in this city (Calcutta). And this akhra helps to uphold their identity. Here they practice their craft, train their bodies, wrestle, build friendship, participate in state and national level wrestling championships, sometimes even act in ad and feature length films. Some get jobs through their career in this wrestling practice. It is also a huge part of their identity, reflecting a part of their roots, and every time they hone their skills, it gets redefined. It is a matter of pride. And I wish to explore through my photographs this sense of pride and identity these wrestler friends imbibe and try to uphold themselves.
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Project:
 © Siddhartha Hajra (
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19 photo(s)
and 3 draft(s),
created on 14-12-2008
1 project comment(s)
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70 photos comment(s)
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Calcutta: People Within Spaces

This is a project I am trying to work on for sometime now. Calcutta is a city where I have lived for the best years of my life but I have only started to photograph it since the last four-five years or so. In photographing this city, its people, its spaces I have only tried to come to terms with my own sense of belonging to it. In situating others to their context in this urban labyrinth I have I tried to make sense of the astonishing pace with which life goes on here...I have tried to locate the figure(s) within the floating and teeming population who somehow appear to belong here in their ephemeral spaces. 
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Project:
 © Siddhartha Hajra (
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8 photo(s)
and 0 draft(s),
created on 08-08-2008
1 project comment(s)
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19 photos comment(s)
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Keralan fishermen struggle with Chinese fishing nets for a living. Its a daily routine for them, from ten in the morning till five in the afternoon. To add to their woes, the catch is severly meagre. The water they say is very polluted.which accounts for this. There are only ten such Chinese fishing nets on Fort Kochin...there used to more, but due to tsunami many got destroyed. The ones which  now stand are the few that could acquire enough finance for reestablishing themselves. I found very little time to work with them. And I have had to sit back and miss out on many opportunities of shooting their lifestyle properly because of time constraints. Maybe next time I visit Kerala I will try to pursue those ideas in all earnest. About the scan, I have shot all these pictures on film, but didn't have time to scan them in a dedicated scanner yet. I scanned them on a flatbed scanner with a negative attachment, just for preview's sake. Will be working on some of these photographs later after I get them properly scanned. Thats all.
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Project:
 © Siddhartha Hajra (
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6 photo(s)
and 0 draft(s),
created on 09-05-2008
1 project comment(s)
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33 photos comment(s)
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Playing with a Horizon camera lent to me for a couple of days by my favourite David Trattles, a documentary photographer from Canada.. I scampered around nowhere in particular in Calcutta, with the sunny sixteen paradigm as a guideline...and with the idea of getting something interesting with it..it was madness ...just a spirit leveler for assistance . Two rolls of random shooting......but I got only this much!
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Project:
 © Siddhartha Hajra (
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5 photo(s)
and 0 draft(s),
created on 24-02-2008
0 project comment(s)
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22 photos comment(s)
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Under the threat of the overhanging monsoon clouds, in a not so remote corner of North Calcutta's bazaar, the traders are busy dismantling their shops. They're dismantling them without any sign of regret. Dismantling them with an unmistakable reverence. It is essential they do this this for it is time to make way for the cycle of life to take its course, ushering in faith before everyone embraces a brand new Bengali New Year.
A site for commerce slowly gives way for a showdown of spiritual epiphany. And all profanity of a simple bazaar ground is suddenly lost amidst the newfound sacredness. Symbolising sacredness is the tall pillar like structure standing in the centre of the ground planted deep into the earth. And without much warning there is a sudden rush of people encircling the pivoted pillar awaiting the big showdown. Something hints that it is as much for reverence as it is for the thrills involved in the events to follow that keeps the crowd waiting with bated breath.

Again another short 5 photo series.
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Project:
 © Siddhartha Hajra (
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5 photo(s)
and 0 draft(s),
created on 04-01-2008
1 project comment(s)
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24 photos comment(s)
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I wished to keep this a secret, but here I am, deliberating on my short (seven days) but invigorating stay in Goa. It's been three weeks since I have come back home to Calcutta but memories of Goa still fills me up.
Right from the begining, it felt different to be in Goa. And it is very different from other places in India - both in thought and culture. Being an erstwhile Portugese colony, the 400 years of Portugese influence has made its mark in the way of shaping Goa's architecture, language and its people.
Goa beckons still... is an effort to pin up some photographs from my holiday in Goa on the soft board of Photoholik, you know, to be reminded of Goa...and maybe make another trip there someday.. Please bear with me. :)
And yes, Happy New Year!

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