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Connecting Roots

One part of vast KR market in Bangalore is dedicated to flowers, flower sellers & buyers. It is a spectacle of color and fragrances. It is also a map of a fragile economy that maps people and places which connects the sacred and profane beyond religion.

Walking around in this area is a different experience, one can feel the smell of Jasmine flowers and sellers and buyers having conversations in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

It’s obvious for a person like me to wonder from where all these Jasmine flowers coming from?

And the hands working behind this wonderful scene and creation

I started visiting the city market everyday and had conversations with the sellers; they told me that the flowers are coming from Tamilnadu.

I met Pandy one young boy who is very friendly and he introduced me to Vijayan(one of the driver among many who carries jasmine flowers in jeep from Krishnagiri(Tamilnadu) to KR market(Bangalore)  I became friend with him and he showed me where the flowers are coming from and the hands behind the scene. I travelled to Krishnagiri in the same jeep to the farmland and documented their fascinating life and work. I wish to capture their lives, aspiration and conversations.

It is an attempt to connect the people profession and their skill to make visible the informal labor and net work that maps fragile fragrances in the city and the village

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