In an attempt to capture the beauty and transition of Bandra, well-known photojournalist Chandu Mhatre has been conducting extensive workshops and photo walks that explore the suburb. As part of his current project, he has already organised four walks around Bandra Fort, St Andrew’s Church, Chimbai Village and Mount Mary Church.
“About 40 photographers have attended the photo walks so far. Generally, around 15 photographers join us,” says Mhatre, whose earlier photo documentations include Portuguese history in Goa and the forts of Maharashtra.
The photographs captured will further undergo a selection process by a panel of three to five professional photographers from Mumbai and Delhi. The shortlisted frames will be displayed at the next Celebrate Bandra festival and will also be put up for sale. This initiative is open to people from all walks of life sharing a common passion, photography.
“We invite Mumbaikars to send us information and audio-visual material that chart the changes taking place in various parts of our city, including buildings, monuments, art, music, culture and movies. We are also looking to source old family photographs that will reveal a slice of Bandra’s history,” adds Mhatre.
Apart from this initiative, Mhatre is also conducting two photo workshops, Vanishing Bombay and Urban Reflections. These will take place across the city and document the metamorphosis Mumbai has undergone over the past few decades, and depict what remains of the old-world charm in today’s busy life.