27 November, 2020

Janah's India—The Faces Of History

New York is overwhelmed by Sunil Janah's photographs of an India in painful transition

Sunil Janah
Janah's India—The Faces Of History

Sunil Janah is overwhelmed. Anyone would be when New York's cognoscenti pay attention—and how. A man of few words, Janah, 80, with a badly failing eyesight, allows his photographs to do all the talking.

And his conversation has been picked up by New Yorkers of all hues and accents—all talking about Janah's exhibition of some 300 photographs at the Gallery at 678 in the East Village. Says Ram Rahman, curator of the exhibition titled 'Sunil Janah: Photographing India 1942-1978': "The show is a knockout. I couldn't be more thrilled. New Yorkers have responded fantastically." Rahman, photographer-son of famed dancer Indrani Rahman, adds: "A lot of Indian Americans who came to see the exhibition were moved to tears—especially of the older generation."

Vicki Goldberg of the New York Times writes: "Americans saw India's complex and terror-filled progress to Independence chiefly through Margaret Bourke-White's magisterial photographs. A comparison of Mr Janah's insider reports and Bourke-White's...



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