A programme, that over 15 months celebrated the 60-year-strong diplomatic relations and friendship between Germany and India under the motto Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities, ended earlier this month. Photographer Tapan Pandit has spent the past year covering these events. He says, “It has been a year of learning — a year that has made me challenge myself. While photographing Germany’s year in India, I have attended many wonderful programmes which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.”
An exhibition of Tapan’s coverage of the events is on display from today. “Shooting the urban mela was a big challenge. My entire team and I worked day and night for it. It made me realise my own potential,” he explains. And which part of the programme in particular made an impact on him? “It was definitely the Schal Sick Brass Band’s performance and the workshop at the Bombay International School. The children had a lovely time. The workshop introduced them to different musical instruments and a whole new genre of music. It was then that I realised that this programme is spreading so much love and happiness,” he says.
Recalling two of his favourite pictures, Tapan says, “One is of a small girl wearing a pair of 3D glasses. It was taken very spontaneously and narrates the moment very well. The other photograph I really love is where German artist Wolfgang Laib was working on his art installation. It was a very intense yet beautiful moment and a pleasure to see him create,” he says. In the future, Tapan hopes to explore more of Germany and maybe even take up a filmmaking course there soon.