Sunday, April 17, 2016

Young Student + Nirvanavan Foundation, Alwar, Rajasthan, India, 2016

This entry was from my last full day in India, on April 7 of 2016.


Tomorrow is my last full day in India, and will be spent with the wonderful people at Nirvanavan Foundation. Nirvana thought it appropriate to display a few of the photographs from this past two months at Advaita Garden, the main campus, and I obliged by having a dozen or so images printed and laminated locally.

We met earlier today to discuss the schools in Virat Nagar, and made great progress regarding our plan for the next 12 months. We had lunch at the school and then headed into town to have the photographs finished.

This young girl happens to be one of the students from Advaita Garden. She and her family live about a minute's walk from the school. She attends classes along with her younger brother and sister. Her family has over the past eight weeks embraced me without reservation, allowing me to photograph her on several occasions, even before she prepared for classes.

She is quite shy person to person, but get her in front of the school body and she runs to center stage and performs without barriers, with the strongest of voices and amazing enthusiasm.

I have been blessed to have been able to also document her performances, as well as document her preparations for school one morning. To see her getting ready, as she had her breakfast and chatted with her grandparents over a cup of tea, was a most heartwarming experience. This is the fortune of having such an opportunity, and the least I can do is to return such with my support for her school.

Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3, and will be on display tomorrow as the children arrive for classes. I cannot wait to see the expression on her face as she sees her own portrait on the wall!

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