A Village in Bengal, Chirodeep Chaudhuri
What is closest to us is hardest to see and even harder to show. Mumbai-based photographer Chirodeep Chaudhuri photographed his ancestral village in Bengal for twelve years, visiting annually during the festival of Durga Puja. Threading a subtle narrative, this collection invites us to behold the story of rural India as it has unspooled in a village in Bengal. These exhilarating photographs are animated by the rhythms of rural life – the feeling of being in the countryside, the rush of festivities, the joyful gathering of family, the small inconveniences, and the contrast implicit therein with urban sufficiency and insularity. We see, picture after picture of poise and poignancy, a portrait that is deeply intimate.
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