Cricket and photography fans — and Mumbai has plenty of both — are in for a treat at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival this year.
HT photographers are showcasing some of their best sports photography through a vibrant, larger-than-life installation titled Keep the Cup, which pays homage to India’s World Cup 2015 players.
Backlit cubes, each side featuring a stunning shot of a cricketer in action, are stacked up to form a pyramid that offers different views and combinations, depending on the angle of view.
Ravindera Jadeja, arms outstretched in victory, shares space with Umesh Yadav missing a catch. Rohit Sharma, captured in both triumph and disaster, features alongside a hard-at-play Ravichandran Ashwin. Shikhar Dhawan, bat aloft, can be seen adjacent to Stuart Binny, warming up on the field.
“You can really see the strengths of each player in these images. It will be interesting to see how they play,” said 22-year-old engineering student Vikas Kokare, who was checking out the exhibit with friend Prasad Malunjkar.
Babban Chandak, a 24-year-old software engineer, spent more than 20 minutes photographing the pyramid from different
perspectives. “I’m not much of a cricket fan, but the images are quite stunning, especially when presented this way, creating corners and shapes of their own,” he said.
On HT’s digital Twitter wall right next to the installation, there was more love on display. Twitter users who posted to the @HTKGAF handle or hashtagged #HTKGAF in their tweets found their messages going up live on the wall, capturing a new audience.
The tweets keep flying fast: recommendations for shows and plays mixed with praise for the organisers and the occasional spotting of a celebrity.