Photography is a passion for many among today’s generation and is surely a budding profession. Plenty of photographers are showing the pretty side of things around us through their camera lens, and are yearning to learn more tips and tricks of the trade.
It was to promote and support this passion, that Nazar Foundation came up Delhi Photo Festival which has seen two critically acclaimed editions (2011 & 2013).
The Delhi Photo Festival is one of the India’s first and biggest international photography arts festival that brings photography, the real democratic art form, into the public space creating awareness, appreciation and learning of photographic arts. DPF, as it’s known, was attended by many well known and many budding photographers and also displayed the work of many national and international photographers.
We’ve all seen the talents like Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar with great enthusiasm and have even supported them at every game. But while we are supporting them we’re all unaware about many other talents like them who are going unnoticed.
BitGiving brings to you a few of those players who are not well known or recognized, and have to struggle to play their games and to survive. But mind you, they are a great catch to represent India at any level. Read on:
- INDERJEET SINGH: We’ve all heard of the giant who is a great bet for the gold medal this Rio Olympics next year, or have we? Full of power and passion, Inderjeet is Asia’s best shot putter and has bagged a perfect five gold medals in the five competitions he has participated in this year, including India’s first ever athletics Gold at the World Universiade. He is the first Indian to qualify for the Rio Olympics next year but before that he has to get rid of the money problems he’s facing However, there is another side of the story, In order to keep up with the cost of training etc, Inderjeet has already had to sell his house and two shops. Makes us wonder, is that really how the next rising star should make ends meet?
What does it take to cover a debt of nearly 82 lakhs? The answer is simple – it’s the power of the crowd!
It all began on morning of 13th August, when Friendicoes – a 30 year old organization that was initially started as a kindness club by school students, posted on Facebook about their financial plight. Animal lovers and everyone else who has been associated with Friendicoes over the past three decades came all out to support them in every way possible.
A mere nine days later, a little past midnight of 24th August, the BitGiving campaign, Let’s save Friendicoes from shutting down went live. 30 lakhs in three days was something even we had not expected – the initial target of 20 lakhs (the bare minimum they needed to sustain) has been crossed, and the community pushed for the target to be raised to 40 lakhs, and then to 60 lakhs. This campaign saw the likes of Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das and Sonakshi Sinha tweeting about it, and making sure that Friendicoes did not shut down.
When Nepal was devastated by a terrible earthquake that measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale, SEEDS India, and several other NGOs decided that they would like to crowdfund their relief efforts. SEEDS India started a campaign with the aim to raise Rs. 10 Lakhs. The campaign started humbly, starting conversations on social media.
Slowly as it grew in magnitude, it garnered the support of several influential sources, including the popular radio station 93.5 Radio FM, that continuously rallied crowds to donate one day’s salary to SEEDS India’s campaign. We also received support from The Quint, with Raghav Bahl, the founder of the company, making a personal appeal.
Subsequently corporations like Snapdeal, ScoopWhoop, Pulsar Knowledge Center, People Matters magazine, Crown-It, DT Cinemas, started employee giving and support events to help aid to the process. In the SEEDS campaign alone, we have been able to raise more than Rs. 50 Lakhs, with more than 2700 contributors, from 50 cities and most states.