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December 20, 2012 at 12:53pm
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#5 Orphans_Photography Workshop SHORT STORY V

This is a time-lapse supplement and a summary of the photography workshop during one day of happiness in a place where love, affection, sharing and laughing are at the daily menu, in a place where the clock stops to run and the world is at peace, in a place where loneliness doesn’t exist.

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#5 Orphans_Photography Workshop SHORT STORY IV

All 40 children — boys and girls — are going to schools and colleges with the help of donations from philanthropists and resources mobilised from institutions like Infosys Foundation, Home of Hope, United States of America, Rotary and individual donors from across state and nation.
They all study up to class 5 and are ferried to schools and brought back in a van belonging to the orphanage. Higher primary and college students walk their way to their institutions. Along with giving thrust on education, they also try to focus on children’s interest and encourage exceptional talents like singing.

There are plans about expanding their base of activities, such as to renovate the building as well as provide amenities such as computer facilities, reading room, library, medical examination room, etc, and to educate the children beyond 10th standard in various established fields of study, so that, as the mission statement reads, “though they entered the Ashrama as orphans, when they leave, they should not become orphans again, but should be able to stand on their own feet and face life bravely and lead a dignified life”.



Sri Chayadevi Anathashrama Trust

44/2B, Chikkaharadanahalli

Near Bedara Kannappa Temple

Jayanagar Mysore-570014

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#5 Orphans_Photography Workshop SHORT STORY III

The Sri Chayadevi Anathashrama Trust has dedicated itself to the cause of orphan children and deserted senior citizens, renewing their energy to live and achieve success. We had the incredible honor to spend a day in this place where you get filled up with hope, while your soul is heeled by being with children. A familial sense ubiquitous in the building where safety, stability, and a nurturing environment are provided. The trust was set up in 1992 in a small hut in Ganesha Nagar, Mysore by Sri Beerappa Swamiji with the intention of bringing up poor and orphaned children. A newly born male child left at the doorsteps of the Ashram became the first inmate. SCAT has now expanded its activities to various different initiatives and age groups: from a 4-month old child to aged in their 90’s. The aged women and men are provided with different and separated living arrangement, with a definite sense of interaction among the groups and a sense of community. This set-up provides companionship to the aged, while the children receive the sense of community and family that is critical to their development into good human beings.



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#5 Orphans_Photography Workshop SHORT STORY II

We were invited by Rajiv Bakatial, a social entrepreneur, to make a photography workshop with orphan children at the Sri Chayadevi Anathashrama Trust which is settled in Mysore, Karnataka. We had a short brief about the orphanage and the goal of a creative workshop. This was our plan of action: As we knew that there will be children from age 1 to 16, we had to deal with different approaches to photography. First of all we had a discussion on what photography is needed for to create an understanding about photography as a profession (for the older ones). Than we moved on with an introduction about different types of equipment: digital cameras, mobile phones and DSLRs. After we made some trial clicks, we spread the equipment and started with our topic: movement and light. While we were keeping the smaller ones busy moving around in different light atmospheres the older ones were exploring photography at it’s best and getting our feedback and advices. The result was about 800 pictures, some randomly clicked, some with a proper focus and an amazing day full of joy and happiness.

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#5 Orphans_Photography Workshop SHORT STORY I

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”

Said Nelson Mandela once upon the time. For any politician, entrepreneur and designer, this words should be a guideline, or better an attitude, for their work. Whatever we are creating, we should be aware of it’s consequences in a long term as we are leaving the world we are creating to the next generation – our children!

When you decide to travel to India, you are aware of what you are going to be confronted with, you are ready to take the challenge, to see people who have to carry out the consequences of capitalism. India is waking you up every single day while you are strolling through it’s streets. Children tugging at your sleeves and begging for food and money. Children-labors carrying an amount of stones that you won’t even be able to lift. At night, pavements covered by human beings, dogs and cows. All kinds of disabilities and diseases are reunited on the smallest space. However cruel this might sound, there is no other place where you feel so much hope despite all misery. And it’s not only the colors that create a warm atmosphere but the people who really care about each other and create strong communities. A place, where innumerable NGOs and social entrepreneurs contribute to a better India…

As mentioned earlier, we took off to Mysore with the mission to do a photography workshop. And this is how our story starts…

The pictures were all taken by the orphan children from the Sri Chayadevi Anathashrama Trust.

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Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.

— Nelson Mandela

December 14, 2012 at 2:11pm
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#2 INDIA_around Mysore V

As if Mysore itself is not offering enough, it’s surrounding is continuing telling Karnataka’s history…

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#2 INDIA_Mysore, Karnataka, the handicraft city IV

Not only is Mysore famous for silk and yoga, but handicraft in general! This city created our first encounter with Indian handicrafts, maybe the most important sector of India, the one, that creates the indian identity and the one, that will accompany us through our whole journey…

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#2 INDIA_Mysore, Karnataka, Market III

Mysore’s Devaraja market is one of those places where you go many times and will always discover something new, a place that you can’t get fed up with! About 800 traders squeezed in a place of 100 years of history… 

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#2 INDIA_Mysore, Karnataka, The City II

First snapshots of the busy beautiful city… Maybe one of the prettiest cities of India?!