CURSE OF THE MODERN TECHNOLOGY

Once upon a time families created the finest sharies on their handloom that time has gone, modern factories took over this precious work and left only the weaving of towels to insure their income at 10 RPS a piece…

The saying ‘curse of the modern technology’ is so true for the whole villagers of Rajgram in Bankura district of West Bengal. Rajgram is a small village of nearly forty families of weavers. Few years ago I had to go to Bankura for one day for my work. Next day I spend sometimes in the village while waiting for my train. I was aware about the present situation of Rajgram and unable to resist myself to go there.

There was a time when these people were happily living with their weaving profession. Earlier they used to weave Sharis and towels. Now they are only preparing towels. Even they cannot purchase the thread for themselves also. They have to take the thread form the creditor. For a pair of a towel they earn only twenty rupees. Normally it takes a whole day to finish a pair of a towels ! Really they are facing the survival problem. Now a day’s the females and the old men in the family are only sewing and the younger men are trying to get involved in other profession like rickshaw pulling.

Discovering life in the village of Rajgram….

Whose there…?

Whose there…?

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Power Cut

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Another big problem for the people of Rajgram is power cut .

Spinning

Spinning

An old woman spinning

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A house wife spinning her handloom in front of her small room.

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Shunil was one of the man who has changed his profession from weaving to rickshaw pulling. He was my rickshaw puller at Rajgram.

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He was one of the best weavers from that village. Now he can barely hear and see anything and due to some unknown reason government has stopped his pension also. Not sure that he is still there or not.

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Shaving

Shaving

Life goes on

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19 Responses to “CURSE OF THE MODERN TECHNOLOGY”

  1. N.Poddar Says:

    NO DOUBT YOUR WORK IS COMMENDABLE TO TALK ON THE VERY INDUSTRY. GOOD DOCUMENTATION .PL CARRY ON .APPROACH TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY TO PROMOTE INDIAN COTTAGE INDUSTRY (MOST NEGLECTED PART OF THE TEXTILE ARTISTS). N.PODDAR

  2. Ron Jolicoeur Says:

    You have shown us the heart and soul of the people of Rajgram. Very compelling images. Thank you for posting.

  3. Goutamendu Says:

    All you extraordinary photographs justifies the pathetic story. I salute you !

  4. Ritayan Says:

    It’s a very distinctive way of story telling . Keep up your good work….

  5. damian@lifeforcemagazine.com Says:

    Fabulous photo-essay from a truly great photographer……we can’t wait to publish another set of your iconic photographs in Life Force magazine http://www.lifeforcemagazine.com

  6. Another great work from you…..you are a visual story teller….a sad story weaved perfectly by your photographic talent….waiting to see more from you….!!!!!

  7. Rajat Nag Says:

    What a photo-story dada. I am following your path. Your works always make a finishing line which helps us to set our goals.

    rajat

  8. Amitava Kayal Says:

    A fantastic series … luvly story telling photos … grt work dada 🙂

  9. Shanti Savla Says:

    Love the story with beautiful photographs.

  10. Dr. Arunangshu Sinha PhD. Says:

    Excellent Incredible shots… especially the No 10 on line. Nice work.

  11. Always a treat to see your photos ….amazing …

  12. All the pics are Wonderful, lively colors and awesome composition and story, personally i loved the 2nd picture.

  13. Wow amazing share– detailed images and a beautifully written blog very profound

  14. TAMBAAKU ROLLS Says:

    Wow ! Outstanding work ! The Theme, is a much needed and to be thrown light theme.. perfect sir !

  15. This is really Nice. I wish to meet you at least once in my Life.

  16. Such an interesting story and incredibly beautiful pictures. Many, many congrats Apratim!

  17. As always, loved your compositions, the mood , the story..the fact that you uncovered a problem and put up a photo story still being artistic..! Lots of message in theses pictures.

  18. Excellent vibrant works

    Regards

    Abi

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