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Copyright © 2014 sankha kar. Website for Exhibition pourpose only. Some pictures are from Gulf News or other publication I have been associated with.

Retrospectively, I think I was destined to dabble into the world of art. But unlike my father who uses a paint- brush to capture an image on canvas, I use a camera. Yet, more than genes, it was fate that charted the course of my career very early in life. When I was just 3, a crippling polio disease paralysed my right hand and left leg. I learnt to walk anew, while other children pranced and bound effortlessly in the neighbourhood. The process made me observant. Now I was seeing things, which I could have missed otherwise.It’s this special trait of looking at objects from a different perspective that has stood me in good stead in my 20-year long professional career. I hope it does for the rest of it as well. PROFESSIONAL CAREER Armed with a post graduate diploma in Photography, I made a foray into photojournalism in Kolkata, India. I have come a long way since then and for the past twelve years have been working with Al Nisr Publishing, publisher of Gulf News in Dubai, UAE.I have covered Indian Elections, Tsunami, Gujarat earthquake and the Orissa Cyclone and have also been in the war torn Jaffna,Sri Lanka. My work has worked me many accolades. I was conferred with the Photojournalist of the Year 2002 award and was 1st Runner-up in 2004 at the Minolta Photo Competition in Dubai, UAE. GOLD medal in Al Thani Award for Photography 2009 from Qatar. SILVER medal in Bor 2010 Salon,Serbia.Silver Medal in 2nd Gia Dinh Photo Club International, Vietnam.FIAP Honor Ribbon at 2nd Asansol International Salon,India.Other notable mentions include the Best Photograph awards at the Dubai Shopping Festival, in 2002 and 2004, Best Photograph awards at Dubai International Art Centre Nikon Photographic Extravaganza in 2002 and 2004 and the Best Action Photograph award at the Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge, 2002. I was given a Certificate of Distinction from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India at the 6th National Photo Contest 1993. A Licentiate(LRPS) of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, AFIAP from The International Federation of Photographic Art, my pictures have made it to various international photographic salons and solo exhibition.

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."-Mahatma Gandhi

Photography by Sankha