Photographer narrates gripping story of 'Avani' caught in patriarchy through powerful pictures
Arjun Kamath, hailing from Bengaluru and currently studying Film and Television in Los Angles, has been putting up his photostory called 'Avani' on Facebook
Arjun Kamath, hailing from Bengaluru and currently studying Film and Television in Los Angles, has been putting up his photostory called 'Avani' on Facebook for over a month now uploading one or two pictures a day and people were anxiously waiting for each update. Shot over three days in Coorg in January this year, Avani's is a poignant tale of a woman caught in patriarchy and a society that still considers girl child a bane. The 29-year-old photographer's photostory is made strictly for social media and has inevitably gone viral. "It's not a gospel truth I am telling. I am just trying to make people think and talk about it using my skill," says Kamath. "It's like watching a film, liking it and talking about it. The difference is that the photographs stay with you for longer," he adds. Kamath believes, through his photostories like 'Avani' and 'Coming Out' (that had gone viral in 2015), he's taking little steps towards a better tomorrow by initiating a dialogue. "The society is changing but there are so many rural pockets in the country where a male child is preferred and nobody can deny that," he says. Avani's story is set in a fictional village in central India called Pravadh along the stream called Vimala. A primitive community as it is, Avani is a strong-willed girl who wants to study and even set up a school; has loving parents but succumb to the society and decide to get her married
Avani's parents started looking for a groom for her. Aadisesha, son of Sayan's -one of the most wealthy families in Pravadh- was the most eligible bachelor.
Avani's family, Mistla's, did not have enough money but as Aadisesha saw a very beautiful Avani, he decided to marry her despite his step-mother Guru Tai against the alliance because the girl didn't bring enough dowry.
Aadisesha, for whom the girl, at this point, is nothing but one of her demands fulfilled stands still at the mantap.
The two finally get married.
Avani can't bear leaving behind her parents and going to an unknown place and an unknown family.
Avani leaves with her husband while her parents-in-law count the dowry they have received.
Guru Tai starts ill-treating Avani in her own house. The girl, habitual of performing puja in her own house, prepares for it when Tai comes and asks her to massage her legs.
Avani comes to the front yard and after realizing no one is around, she decides to pray.