Last Updated: February 20, 2013
I am often asked which are my favorite topics at Kamat's
Potpourri. I am listing some of them below, by providing my reasons for
liking them. Some of them are pictures, and some are complete
sub-sections of the site.
Corps Volunteer and the Cowherd
Although it is I who matched the story to the photograph, the boy's
comments make mockery of modern living in one swift sentence.
Letter From Plassey
This is a fine example of the thousands of letters that were
exchanged between my father and mother during their years of long-distance
marriage. It shows the helplessness of living with India's poor, and the
resiliency of Indian
We published this picture on the day India tested a nuclear device in
1998. I personally know the tribal man in broken eye glasses. He
belongs to a tribe called Halakki, who in general lead a life of poverty
and exploitation. We wanted to put the new found ability of a nation in
the context of its general population.
I think the photographer has brought out the inherent diversity of Indian
people, the hardships of Indian life, their deep rooted culture in these
portraits. They are very special to me not because I know many of them
personally, but because on many occasions they are the only photographs
taken during their lifetime! Many of the models have since passed
away and Kamat's photographs are the only pictures left of them for their
Due to the privileges of my birth, I have met many of these
great men and women and consider myself fortunate to have been influenced
by them. As I see them, I even remember their conversation at the time.
Although the Kannada language has a long
history, for some mysterious reason, some of the greatest of Kannada
writers (of all time) belonged to my time!
the Poor Can't be Happy?"
I have not seen all the 200,000 photographs taken by my father, but in my
opinion, this portrait of a tribal woman is among the best photographs
taken by him. The cloth on her head is not her clothing, but a pad to
carry heavy loads of wood from the forest. Notice her heavy jewelry
worn in lieu of a blouse, and the whole hearted smile.
Ever since I saw a photo-mosaic in a commercial many years ago, I
was obsessed with creating one. When I inquired I was told that it would
cost over $100,000 at the time! My research led to latest technology
developments on digital pictures and I was very proud after completing
this PhotoQuilt of Gandhi. There is a larger picture which illustrates the
I think this series provides a very fresh perspective on the Erotic Arts
of India. Kamat has dug up pictures from most obscure of ancient
sculptures and from remotest corners of India for this fine series.
Pictures inappropriate for general audience will be made available in the
future via a pay-per-view system, but over a hundred of them are online.