Forty five shutter-bugs from India and abroad, ninety-four stunning pictures from different wings of photojournalism and one and only steady chief minister of the state, (in present Indian political context) at the venue of Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan, this was the scenario of the inauguration ceremony of “Moments” – 1st ever attempt of International Photography Exhibition at Agartala, the capital of Tripura by Tripura Photojournalists Associtaion on Friday morning.
“I am amazed to see such beautiful works of the photojournalists. Photos are evidences of history. We should be careful to maintain this culture.” –reacted Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura after inaugurating the exhibition. The Chief Minister also informed that a modern photographic laboratory is under construction in Tripura where all necessities will be provided to the photojournalists.
S. C. Hatwal, Managing Director of Tripura Natural Gas Company was also present at the inauguration as a special guest along with other dignitories. Starting form the conflict zones of north east India to pictorial and news photographs of Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and USA by different renowned photographers attracted the visitors. The foreign photographers form abroad who touched the visiting enthusiasts and photo-lovers with their ‘picture perfect’ are, Debasish Aich (Texas), Avishekh Biswas (New York), Nilanjan Mitra (Bhutan), Basanta Kumar Chitrakar (Nepal).
“This is our first attempt. By the end of December this year we are planning to organise a photo exhibition with the works of SAARC country photographers in Agartala with the initiative of the government of Tripura”, said Ramakanta Dey, General Secretary, Tripura Photojounalists Association.
Indian Photojournalists form Assam, Manipur Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, West Bengal, New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have contributed their works in the three days long International Photography Exhibition organised by Tripura Photojournalists Association which will end on August 9.
By Subhamoy Bhattacharjee, Guwahati