World Photography Day Celebration!


Pondicherry Photographers

Come join PondyART in celebrating World Photography Day !

Wednesday, 19 August 2015
7 pm to 8:30 pm
Kasha Ki Aasha
23 rue Surcouf, Pondicherry 605001

A projector and screen will be available.

IF you would like to show your work (5 images only) – please email them to by Tuesday eventing at midnight.
Only the first 10 submissions will be shown!

This is an informal gathering and there is NO entry fee.
Your confirmation would be appreciated here in a message on this page.

Refreshments will be made available accordingly!

See you on Wednesday!

Photo Credit:  Mouhamed Moustapha

Screening this Friday in Pondicherry – “The RED DATA BOOK – An Appendix”

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We are happy to inform you that the documentary film entitled “The Red Data Book – an appendix”

will be screened in

the Nehru Conference Hall, Institut Francais de Pondichery on Friday, August 21 2015

at 6.00 pm.

The event is open and free to the public.

More about the film:

The Red Data Book – an appendix:
Dir: Sreemith, Deepu; 75 min; Malayalam with English subtitles; 2013; Documentary

The film is a layered examination of the factors, both contemporary and historical, that have led the Adivasi (tribal) communities of Attappady (Kerala, South India) to the verge of extinction.

The film focuses on the phenomenon of rising infant mortality to probe the entire range of underlying factors. Is it mainly due to malnutrition, as the State claims? Is it their exclusion from the fruits of so-called development? Is it their refusal to ‘modernise’? Or is it our inability to comprehend and preserve their centuries-old harmonious way of life? Have our prescriptive interventions helped? Or have they caused great harm?

The film attempts to understand the gamut of ‘alienations’ responsible – social, cultural, economic and political while gently posing the core question: Is it they who are alienated from the onward march of progress or is it us who are alienated, blinded by the discourse of modernity?

About the filmmakers:

Sreemith, a young activist film maker, has made several documentaries on issues like caste/gender, displacement/ development and community/ indigenous rights in Kerala. Get up, Stand up – his film on the anti -nuclear movement in Koodamkulam was nominated for the Yellow Oscar at the International Uranium Film festival (2013) and won Kerala State award For best documentary.

Pradeep K.P. (Deepu) co-founded Pedestrian Pictures in 2001, a Bangalore-based film collective, actively engaged in film screenings, documentary-making and cultural/ political activism. He’s also a cinematographer with several narrative fiction feature films, ad films and documentaries to his credit.

The filmmaker Deepu will take part in the post screening discussion.

Are Portraits Good to Think? Reflections of Tamil Studio Portraiture

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“Are Portraits Good to Think? Reflections of Tamil Studio Portraiture”

Dr. Zoe E. Headley, IFP-CEIAS/CNRS

CHANGE OF DATE: 16th April 2015 (Thursday) at 11.00 am

IFP Talk Series
Nehru Conference Hall ,French Institute of Pondicherry
11, Saint Louis Street,Pondicherry 605 001

Following up with the on-going exhibition Heritage of the Family: Tamil Studio Portraiture (1880 – 1980), the purpose of this talk is to explore the various research questions which emerge from a closer examination of tamil studio portraiture. Plagiarising Levi-Strauss’s famous formulation, commercially produced family portraits will be explored in terms of various ways in which they “are good to think”. This line of enquiry is justified by the fact that the visual rhetoric of South Indian family portraiture as well as the social history of Tamil commercial studio photography has almost completely failed –so far- to attract the attention of academia. Reflecting from both inside and outside the frame, questions regarding the conditions of production of family portraits in the context of later decades of the 19th century, the consequences of the introduction of images in Tamil households as well as their potential engagement with vernacular categories of individuality and personhood, as well as that of interiority and exteriority, will be raised.


Please note that the exhibition “Heritage of the Family: Tamil Studio Portraiture (1880 – 1980)” on the outer wall of IFP (Goubert Avenue, Beach road) is extended until the 12th of April.

Contact: Dr. Zoe E. Headley (