Adilabad: Exhibition of rare yet outstanding works photography on Raj Gonds, a part of the ongoing month-long prestigious annual Indian Photography Festival (IPF)-2019 in State Art Gallery of Hyderabad, is drawing visitors in hordes.
The photos were shot by famous Briton’s documentary filmmaker Michael York when he had carried out his field study as a student and collaborator of Prof Christoph von Furer- Haimendorf, the great anthropologist and savior of the Raj Gonds belonging to erstwhile Adilabad district during 1978-80.
“Michael York’s Raj Gond photos as well as of the Ho adivasis of Jharkhand have been given almost the entire hall at the very entrance of the impressive State Art Gallery in Madhapur, Hyderabad, which is the main venue for IPF. Over 80 photographs on display give a deep and intimate insight into the ethnic culture, social and religious life of the two adivasi communities as it existed in near pristine condition forty years ago,” S Sumanaspati Reddy, coordinator of the project told Telangana Today.
The Michael York gallery has been evoking enthusiastic response for the last three weeks from seasoned photographers and lovers of photography as well as people interested in tribal life, including Adivasis living in Hyderabad and elsewhere in Telangana. “The photographs helped me to understand the distinct culture and traditions of ethnic tribes,” Boga Swapna, a Telugu language teacher from Kumram Bheem Asifabad district, who visited the exhibition recently opined.
Among the prominent visitors to the gallery were: Dr Chrisitina Z Chongthu (IAS), Commissioner, Tribal Welfare Telangana, Andrew Fleming, the British Deputy High Commissioner in Hyderabad, and Dr Fatima Shahnaz, daughter of late Mir Moazzam Hussain who worked with Prof Haimendorf, as Assistant Collector in Utnoor in late 1940s.
“Fleming expressed his interest in helping in the process of bringing the entire Hyderabad State archive of Prof Haimendorf lying in archives in London to Telangana,” Sumanaspati informed, adding the exhibition, opened on September 19 would end on October 20.