There is more joy when one gives back to the society with gratitude, said Satish Lal, a photographer and scribe from Hyderabad who had set up a photo exhibition at Onakadelli weekly market in Lamtaput block of Koraput district on Thursday. As a well known photographer he had visited this place three times in the past and captured many photographs of people from Bonda & Gadaba communities.
However a thought of giving back to the community in the form of presenting their photos in the form of exhibition in the same market place was running high in his mind for the last three years which could be materialised on Thursday with the support of Uday Kumar a journalist from Onakadelli, he added.
He gave back about 25 photos to the people who were captured in those photographs while more than 100 photos that were exhibited on Thursday. The rest were left behind with locals asking them to distribute them in the next weekly market. But the most memorable experience would be the moment when a Bonda girl stood infront of a photograph and cried.
Being asked she had said that she was standing near the photo of her mother who died three years back. Her joy knew no bounds when she was given back her mother’s photo as it was the only photo she had of her mother even back at home. Many foreigners who were in the weekly market as tourists too were delighted to learn the concept and the way it was exhibited in such a remote corner of the world.