During the first edition of the festival, the festival secretariat conducted a photo workshop for the young adults of the India Habitat Center (IHC) Learning Center. This year again, Anshika Varma and Vidura Jang Bahadur from team DPF completed a three-month long photography workshop with 16 young adults of the Learning Center aged 15-19 years.
I ventured to the Habitat Learning Center to meet with some of the students with the possibility of having them join our workforce. Geetha Balasubramanian and Enoch Dhanraj helped facilitate my meeting with the enthusiastic young adults where I briefed them about the festival program.
The Learning Centre was established in 2002 to work with underprivileged youth. They conduct two educational programs free of cost twice a year for 6 month’s each. They partner with NGOs in Delhi and offer courses like advanced computers studies and skill development.
The Delhi Photo Festival team has been fortunate to to support this program by conducting a workshop in ‘Basics of visual documentation’ – enabling the students with knowledge on photography, videography, film editing and documentaries.
During this workshop, many guest instructors also contributed time to share their knowledge, work and experiences. Neeraj Priyadarshi, Tashi Tobgyal and Oinam Anand from Indian Express and Mansi Thapiyal, Adil Hasan and William Chang shared their work and experiences with the students. Kapil Pandey and Austin Moble of Kutumb Foundation also helped to facilitate a shoot outdoor in Ghevra.
The work produced during the Learning Center workshop will be displayed at the Delhi Photo Festival 2013. Opening of the Learning Centre exhibition is on 30th September 2013. Please come!
– Navneet Kaur Ahuja