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    The second edition ofA� PondyPHOTO gets bigger. Plus, a crowd-funding campaign

    PONDYPHOTO returns with its second edition. Bigger than the first edition in 2014, it will have add-ons like documentaries and feature films. The 16-day festival starting August 27, and taking place at the Old Port, will see a participation of 40 photographers from across the Indian sub-continent and will also include workshops and outreach programmes. Organised by PondyART, the theme of the festival is a�?Watera��. a�?I believe that the festival will get people thinking about how they can help initiate positive change at home. We have a special multi-media focus on the December floods in the region,a�? says Kasha Vande, founder of PondyART, who is expecting a footfall of 50,000 visitors during the festival (last edition saw 10,000, at Old Distillery).
    The festival has also initiated a crowdfunding campaign for the event at Generosity.com and has already raked in $481 (`32,369 approx.). Talking about international participants, Vande informs us that a�?The Kitchen Sinka��, an exhibition by Cheryl Newman, from Norway, will focus on water from different countries. a�?She volunteered to bring an international exhibition to the festival. Due to her years with The Telegraph as Photo Director before going freelance, she has a wide contact network in the international photography scene,a�? Vande adds. They are not accepting any more entries, but the festival will host several workshops like introduction to photography and storytelling by renowned wildlife photographer Senthil Kumaran in Tamil and English for which people can still send the photos taken from any kind of medium till July 10.
    From August 27 to Spetember 12. Details: pondyphoto.com

    a�� Saloni Sinha


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