TANVI MADKAIKER

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Pho­tog­ra­pher Prabud­dha Das­gupta’s ca­reer spanned three decades. His path­break­ing book Women is a col­lec­tion of por­traits of ur­ban In­dian women, many of whom are in the nude. The book is time­less. Even to­day, any In­dian woman will be able to iden­tify with women in the frame, as his rep­re­sen­ta­tion went be­yond phys­i­cal­ity. The mod­els look vul­ner­a­ble, yet strong and in­de­pen­dent at the same time. Some of the women break gen­der stereo­types while oth­ers fit beau­ti­fully into them. One that comes to mind is the por­trait of Ma­ha­rani Gay­a­tri Devi. His work had a bold style that was way ahead of his time.

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