Kolkata, India, January 07, 2016: Instagram today launched its photo exhibition in India held in the city of Kolkata, at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Themed, ‘Bengal’s Diversity in Pictures’, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of images and stories captured by the Instagram community hailing from the culture rich state of Bengal. The three-day photo exhibition runs from January 7 to 9, 2016 and was inaugurated by Mr. Derek O’Brien, Member of Parliament and Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party Leader, Rajya Sabha.
From beautiful landscapes to people, food, festivals, wildlife, architecture, and more, the exhibition conveys the multiple facets of life unique to the state of Bengal. The visual documentation of these moments on Instagram by the Indian community demonstrates how people are increasingly using images to communicate and experience the world around them. With 80 million photos posted on Instagram every day, if something is happening, it is likely being captured on Instagram, taking these images to the world across cultural and language barriers.
Members of the Instagram community featured in this exhibition constitute a group of 17 individuals from Kolkata across various age groups and professional backgrounds, united in their passion to capture inspiring moments and stories from their personal perspective. “Instagram worked with the local community – Instagram Calcutta (@ig_calcutta) – to curate images which reflected the theme of diversity in Bengal.”
Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director – India, South & Central Asia, Facebook said, “Every day, people come to Instagram to be transported, to be inspired, and to learn something new about the world around them. By holding our first photo exhibition in India focused on Bengal, we want to shine a light on the diversity of voices and visual storytelling by the community on Instagram.”
Derek O’Brien, Member of Parliament and Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party Leader, Rajya Sabha said, “The cultural diversity, energy and vibrancy of Bengal is perfectly portrayed through this Instagram exhibition. Bengal is rich in diversity and creativity and this exhibition serves as an important reminder of the inspiring people, food, architecture and wildlife we have on our doorstep.”