Atmaram Parab, Chairman of Wanderers, has been organising photography exhibitions over the last eight years. His aim is to promote amateur photography and bring unexplored tourist destinations onto the travellers' maps. When you think of Ladakh in the winter, you conjure images of spine chilling cold with temperatures ranging from -5 to -35 degrees celsius. Parab has a different point of view though. He thinks holidaying in Ladakh in the winter is a life-changing experience.
Talking about Wanderers, Parab says, "This is our 25th exhibition and the idea is to bring amateur photographers to the forefront. Generally such photographers have no place to exhibit their photographs and end up using social networking sites such as Flikr or Facebook to showcase their work. Till date, we have brought together about 150 photographers and showcased their works."
He is also keen on little known destinations. "People are scared to explore Nagaland because they think they will be attacked by tribals or will have to live in hutments. However, there is also another side to the state such as the Hornbill festival that hasn't been explored because of such misconceptions.
Similarly, when one thinks of Chattisgarh, the first thing that comes to mind is the Naxal attacks but those attacks are specific to a few places. In Kashmir, not all the places are riddled with terrorism and other problems; it is still heaven on earth."
Ladakhi Girl in a traditional dress
Talking about the current exhibition, Parab says, "The idea of the exhibition struck me when a couple of friends visited Antarctica and showed me images of being buried in knee-deep snow. I thought all of this can be found in India as well and for a lesser price."
When asked about his future plans for Wanderers, he says, "We are planning an exhibition featuring the world heritage sights in India which should be completed by mid-2012."
From December 15 to 18, 11 am to 9 pm
At Yashwantrao Chawhan Natyagriha, Karve Road.