Bboys and Bgirls are the heart of the Hip-Hop scene in Mumbai. They are numerous, organised, and attract all the attention. Break dancing is a dance form, there's no doubt about it. But in a city that lacks sufficient public spaces to practice sport, the physicality of this dance form contributes most to its success. Also, you don't need much space to begin practicing; most of the new Bboys start in their own homes, watching Youtube videos while trying to mimic the hard-achieved moves they see. They have seen a break dancing crew performing in their college or in a shopping mall and wanted to give it a try. After that, those who can afford it jump to the local hall and enrol in a class. Most of the first break dancing crews offer lessons all over the city in exchange for a fee. Some of these crews have found a substantial revenue stream in these courses, which allows them not only to survive but to strive as well. On the other hand, it's not difficult to spot kids as young as nine practising in street corners anywhere in the city. Because to be a break dancer, the most important thing is not money or status but passion, commitment and practice. Lots of practice. Start from Part 1 of Breaking Bombay: http://bit.ly/PoSgGM Subscribe to follow the series: http://bit.ly/1j6XIs0 Like Breaking Bombay on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1grMoT1 Watch it on funproject.org: http://bit.ly/1hGtpbX Follow funproject.org on twitter: http://bit.ly/1fCMRpg+ More details
If Mumbai is the New York of India, Bandra would be New York's Williamsburg. Trendy and cosmopolitan, Bandra has become the place to be if you are young and alternative, where the cool stuff happens, from underground parties to co-working hubs and graffitied walls. But as it happens, the open attitude of the residents towards new ideas and customs, is what also leads to its gentrification. Today, many of the oldest dwellers (and often the poorest) are being replaced in favour of the latest Bollywood superstars. Priya and her family have lived in Bandra for generations. If you didn't know that she lives in Mumbai, you could easily place her in Paris, London or New York, because as she says "my life is no different than the one someone is living in those places". Which is probably true. With all the benefits and consequences that her lifestyle brings, Priya's story teaches us a thing or two about a section of contemporary Indian society. One that it is urban, cosmopolitan, and growing. Start from Part 1 of Breaking Bombay: http://bit.ly/PoSgGM Subscribe to follow the series: http://bit.ly/1j6XIs0 Like Breaking Bombay on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1grMoT1 Watch it on funproject.org: http://bit.ly/1hGtpbX Follow funproject.org on twitter: http://bit.ly/1fCMRpg+ More details
My name is Jacques Vekemans. I am a free lance professional photographer. I live in Paris, France. I specialize in reportage for companies and for both private and public institutions. There are many reasons why I got interested in Aravind Eye Care System (AECS), here are three of them: 1) Contemporary India is little known in France or in Europe and although acknowledged as an emerging power and expected to play a major role in the foreseeable future, India attracts less attention than its neighbour, China. With this report, I would like to contribute to providing constructive information on one aspect of life in India. 2) At a time when healthcare systems in Western countries have to evolve in order to meet the coming challenges of an ageing population, resource scarcity and the demise of a consensus on equal and distributed access to care, AECS appears as an original example of innovation based on community as well of social, economic and cultural efficiency create at a local level by an emerging economy. That paradigm could be an inspiration for our countries and also for all those thinking and working towards a healthcare system accessible to the greatest number of people. 3) My ambition in this project is to create a report (images, sound, text) whose value will be that of a compendium of testimonies - rather than a current affairs report. I wish that this project displays artistic qualities and leaves a lasting impression on viewers. The Aravind Eye Care System In Tamil Nadu, a province in India, people can now enjoy free, top quality, ophthalmic care thanks to the enlightened initiative of one man. Patients, following systematic screening in the countryside, are taken to a highly sophisticated hospital belonging to the Aravind care system where they receive the necessary treatment. Aravind is a family-run organisation that puts the patient at the centre in delivering high quality care. Aravind’s success stems from an original and efficient system based on participation and community-level recruitment. In thirty years a small hospital with just 11 beds developped into a high quality care facility which is now recognised as the largest ophthalmologic hospital in the world. It is this creation and running of an alternative care system intended primarily, although not exclusively for, the poor that I have tried to discover and comprehend. How has it been possible that a visionary man has enabled millions of people to radically improve their life ? And beyond that, how can photography tell this extraordinary story of contemporary India.+ More details
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