Shot across Mumbai and Delhi in urban and rural areas... this story is an exploration of education in times of Corona, in a country where literacy is a challenge even in the best of times. My story spotlights kids from marginalised socio-economic backgrounds - slum kids in the cities and village kids on the outskirts of the cities - many of whom were confronted with migration, starvation and loss due to the current pandemic. Through this project, I wish to show the aspirational spirit of these kids, who despite the adversities are hungry to learn so they can work towards realising their dreams.
Ulka Chauhan lives and works between Zurich and Mumbai. Her passion for photography ignited by a photo workshop in 2019. Since then her work has been selected by the editors at the Leica Fotografie International Gallery as 'Master Shots' or 'Best in Category.' Interviews about her have been published recently on the Swiss Street Collective website, the Leica Switzerland blog and on the Pictorial List Arts and Humanities magazine. She has exhibited her work at group shows in Mumbai and Zurich and will be participating in the Venice Photo Lab and Treviso Photo Festival later this year. She works under the guidance of a Lisbon-London based documentary photographer as well as a Swiss photography mentor.
She is an active member of the Swiss Street Collective. Born in Mumbai, Ulka studied in India, Switzerland and US and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance and Economics from Babson College in Boston. She previously worked in advertising at Young & Rubicam on Madison Ave, NYC and at Rediffusion Y&R in Mumbai before embarking on her journey into photography.
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