Picture the cobbled lanes of Rome come alive with musicians and story tellers, film makers and photographers, coupled with the familiarity of the city that unfurls before our eyes everyday which we scarcely pause to realize. Internationally acclaimed photographer Kounteya Sinha intends to do exactly the same: present a slice of his muse, Kolkata, through an open air gallery in around eleven major spots in Rome, to be unveiled on August 24 outside the Vatican.
This unique idea of his, dubbed as The Sainthood Project, will interestingly coincide with the canonization of Mother Teresa in the Vatican on September 4. The first ever crowd funded show will portray his hometown, which is also “the city that gave Mother Teresa her name”. For twelve days, Kounteya will stand on the streets of Rome and showcase around fifty photographs through which he intends to bring out the soul of Kolkata before the world in Rome.
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“Kolkata’s real soul lies hidden in its incredible by-lanes, among meandering streets where the energy of this ancient city is so very palpable,” says Kounteya. “Kolkata’s magnanimity comes from its people – the unknown faces that I intend to reveal.”
Kounteya Sinha, who has already garnered much praise with his two previous shows, 6262 and Hiraeth, wants the world to know of the city that made Mother Teresa a household name globally. He intends to carry out this project through crowdfunding. Every penny that will come in will be accounted for at the end of the two weeks in Rome.
Kounteya’s project, a unique attempt in itself, surprisingly echoes Mother Teresa’s words — Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.