November 2016 \ Diaspora News \ INDIANS IN EUROPE THROUGH THE LENS
Focus on Indians

Kavita Bajeli-Datt

By Kavita Bajeli-Datt

"The idea has been around for a couple of years since we discovered that although most people know someone -- either friend or family -- who has settled abroad, very little is generally known about the Indian community who have found a new home in Europe."Sunil Gupta, photographer, seen with his work from India, Credit: Paroma Mukherjee

"Indians have become an integral part of the community, wherever they have settled. They retain some Indian traditions and customs but they have learnt the language and customs of their country of adoption," the delegation told this correspondent. The project met with "considerable interest" so much so that the delegation has launched a facebook page called Indians in EU. The delegation is also planning to start a website to feature their stories after many approached them about sharing their success stories. Alka Pande, exhibition curator and consultant art advisor for the India Habitat Centre, said: "Highlighting the Indian diaspora in the EU has not been attempted in this manner through visual culture before."

"..the Indian diaspora is one of the largest diaspora in the world.(The exhibition) is a massive effort and the scale and scope of the diaspora documented is a truly incredible and heart-warming story by the three very energetic and sensitive photographers." She said the response to the photo exhibition was "incredible".