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In a world filled with images and stories, there are a few that stand out, capturing the essence of life, society, and humanity in its rawest form. Join us in this compelling 4000-word discussion as we delve into the sanctity, power, and trustworthiness of photography and how it has the incredible potential to reshape our perception of the world.
We are honored to have Kapil Dev, the Chief Photographer at the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s organization, and Bachpan Bachao Andolan, join us. Kapil Dev is not just an alumnus of the renowned Indian Institute of Photography; he is a dedicated advocate for change through the lens. In this remarkable podcast, he shares his insights into the world of photography and how it can be a force for good.
Kapil Dev’s recent visit to his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Photography, was a momentous occasion. Invited by the Founder Director of the institution, Mr. Rajesh Goyal, he embarked on a journey to discuss the limitless possibilities that photography offers, especially in the hands of its alumni. What emerged from this discussion was an eye-opener. Kapil Dev, along with his fellow alumni, has chosen to address highly sensitive and critical issues, particularly child labor and child prostitution.
In a world where children should be attending school, they are often forced into labor and prostitution, robbing them of their childhood and their dignity. Kapil Dev’s work is not just about taking pictures; it’s about making a difference. He is a key member of the raid and rescue teams, where every mission presents a life-threatening situation. It’s a high-stakes, confidential, and audacious endeavor, and Kapil and his team have been instrumental in rescuing countless children from these grim circumstances.
One heart-wrenching moment, encapsulated in the words of a rescued girl child, who, upon seeing Kapil Dev, asked, “Bhaiyya, why didn’t you come earlier?” These words exemplify the impact and urgency of the work they do. Kapil Dev has a treasure trove of stories, each more inspiring and challenging than the last. Mr. Rajesh Goyal, in awe of Kapil’s dedication, expressed his immense pride in the accomplishments of Kapil Dev and his foundation members.
Kapil Dev also gifted a copy of Sri Kailash Satyarthi’s book, “Tum Pahle Kyun Nahi Aaye,” to his teacher and Founder Director of IIP, Mr. Rajesh Goyal. This gesture symbolizes the profound impact of their discussion on photography and social change.
This podcast is a must-listen for anyone who doubts the potential of photography to change the world. It serves as irrefutable proof that photography is more than just a profession; it is a powerful instrument for transformation. Through Kapil Dev’s experiences and the incredible work of the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation, we will explore how photography can shift our perspectives, spark social change, and give a voice to the voiceless.