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View from the streets

CRY organises photo exhibition at railway stations to underline the realities of Mumbai’s street kids

art and culture Updated: May 28, 2010 15:36 IST
Sneha Mahale

This Saturday, when you get off at Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus, take a few moments to look at the photographs that will be on display at the station. These photos are part of CRY’s (Child Rights and You) photography exhibition.

The exhibition focuses on the theme ‘Why are children out of schools?’ and is being organised by Click Rights, a volunteer group. It brings together people with a commitment to the rights of children and a passion for photography to create awareness about child rights.

Through this exhibition, the group hopes to encourage the use of photography to understand the reasons behind children being forced to dropout of school.

The five photographers who are part of the group have interacted and spent time with children and families on the streets of Mumbai, including those who live under flyovers, at construction sites and on local trains. The photos aim to show the many realities that extremely poor kids in Mumbai have to deal with.

Sowmya Parathasarathy, whose photographs are a part of the exhibition, says, “Mumbai’s lifeline — the ‘local’ — is a mélange of imageries which leaves you with wonder, awe and disgust all at one time. It is also ‘home’ to a parallel economy run by homeless children from across the country. Their lives revolve around these tracks, compartments and the people who travel every day. ”

The exhibition will be taken to railways stations across the city. After CST, it will be shown at Vashi station on June 5 and at Thane Station on June 12. It will also be taken to schools and colleges in Mumbai and Thane.

CRY will be organising the photo exhibition, ‘Why are children out of school’, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on May 29 between 10 am to 6 pm.