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Event: Varna: A solo exhibition of Photography by Ananda Kelly
Organized by: South Asia Partnership Canada
Where: Carmel Art Gallery, 196 Bank Street, Ottawa
When: January 31, 1999 - 2 PM to 5 PM
February 1, 1999 - 9 AM to 5 PM
What: To celebrate International Development Week, there will be a
photography exhibition of the works of Ananda Kelly. This will be
presented as a promotion for Varna, a photography project which hopes to
raise awareness on the Untouchables of India.
Background: As the lowest in the rigid caste system that has defined
India for millions of years, the Untouchables are at once harshly
controlled and rejected by Indian civilization. Despite being banned
by law in recent years, the tyranny and violence of this racist
system continues to plague millions, leaving them with little hope or
possibility of breaking free.
In 1997/ 1998, Ananda Kelly traveled to South India for a placement
with Canadian Crossroads International. Here, she first encountered
the Untouchables of India. Through the medium of photography, she is
seeking to raise awareness of the Untouchable plight and act as a
catalyst for societal change. Ananda plans to return to India this
year to continue the project, Varna.
More info: Faruq Faisel
Canadian Program Manager
South Asia Partnership
Phone: (613) 241 - 1333
Fax: (613) 214 1129
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