“Click Rights Open Your Eyes” photography campaign organized by CRY showcased photographs that told tales of child labor happening in various parts of the city of Kolkata. The program was organized in association with Philips. Eminent director Gautam Ghose and actor Abir Chatterjee graced the occasion of the closing ceremony of this event. The focus of this campaign and the exhibition was to raise voice against the unjust practice of child labor among the youth in the city.
The grim pictures of lost childhood were the prime issue that took center stage at the event. Vibrant dance and music formed a part of this grand finale too. Srinath and his group presented Indian Music while Vincent and his team danced to choreographed compositions.
While speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana Gautam Ghose said “This is a great initiative to bring people closer to the reality that one may not otherwise take notice of. This pan-India campaign will bring together the youth along with eminent photographers, child rights activists and children on a bigger plataform. I hope that this initiative will shed some light on the lives of the children”.
Among the 30 exhibited photographs, 12 were taken by children who themselves are engaged in some sort of income generating activities in everyday life. Among the other contributors at the exhibition were Ujjawal Chauhan, Riyana Lama, Alankrit Sharma, Irfan Baig, Soudip Dutta and Somejyoti Mukherjee. Some of the pictures were taken by eminent photographers like Dinesh Khanna, Alok Surya and Sumit Sanyal.
In the 45 day-long campaign, children who are engaged in work took photos to share their lives, dreams and aspirations. They conveyed what changes happened in their lives due to the child labor law. A whole lot of outreach activities were organized by CRY to create a buzz in the City around the slogan ‘Open Your Eyes’. These included colorful wall graffiti sessions at some prominent City corners where CRY volunteers painted walls with the message big and bold. Two Volvo buses plying in the City were wrapped all around with the campaign highlights.
Activities of this kind from organizations like CRY will ensure better life for the children.