Lens man Ravi Kanojia dies on assignment covering drought


34 year old, @lensmanravikanojia was on assignment in Jhansi to photograph the drought in Bundelkhand, UP. As part of the drought coverage for Indian Express, Ravi climbed on top of one of the wagons, to capture the quality of water inside. He opened the iron lid but came in contact with a high-voltage overhead electricity line, that ended his life instantly.

Known for his award-winning work during the Muzaffarnagar riots and his recent investigation titled District-Zero, tracking how dismal indicators of education for children in Nabarangur, Odisha are slowly changing, that day (9th May), Indian Express lost one of its finest photographers.

What makes Ravi special for us is that his imagery pushed the agenda for children during the course of his career.

Here’s a look at his remarkable work, that is going to leaving a last impression for years to come.

With an annual pass percentage of 100, the Korchamal residential school is one of the schools the district administration holds up as a success model. Rashmita Harijan, on the bunk bed, has been in this school since she was eight years old and calls it her “home” (Photo:Ravi Kanojia)
With an annual pass percentage of 100, the Korchamal residential school is one of the schools the district administration holds up as a success model. Rashmita Harijan, on the bunk bed, has been in this school since she was eight years old and calls it her “home” (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
A boy jumps into a baoli at Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
A boy jumps into a baoli at Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)

 

A refugee boy selling balloons as muslim refugees from Muzaffarnagar offer prayers during the Eid celebrations in open at a foggy and cold morning, near the relief camps at Malakpur village in Shamli district, Uttar pradesh (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
A refugee boy selling balloons as muslim refugees from Muzaffarnagar offer prayers during the Eid celebrations in open at a foggy and cold morning, near the relief camps at Malakpur village in Shamli district, Uttar Pradesh (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)

 

A tribal girl balances the water pots on her head after she fills them at a handpump in a village in Nabrangpur District, Orissa (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
A tribal girl balances the water pots on her head after she fills them at a handpump in a village in Nabrangpur District, Orissa (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Child labourers return home after a day's work at the Katra railway station, Gonda, UP (Photo:Ravi Kanojia)
Child labourers return home after a day’s work at the Katra railway station, Gonda, UP (Photo:Ravi Kanojia)
At Santemera village in the district’s Jharigam block, Banvas Majhi’s sons Durjan, 11, and Devsing, 5, are ready to go to school. But before that, they head to a nearby field to pick mahua flowers, a good source of income (Photo:Ravi Kanojia)
At Santemera village in the district’s Jharigam block, Banvas Majhi’s sons Durjan, 11, and Devsing, 5, are ready to go to school. But before that, they head to a nearby field to pick mahua flowers, a good source of income (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
A boy looks at a burnt house of a Muslim family at Lisad village in Muzaffarnagar district, UP (Photo:Ravi Kanojia)
A boy looks at a burnt house of a Muslim family at Lisad village in Muzaffarnagar district, UP (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
Photo Credits : Ravi Kanojia

Words By : Leher

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