Monday, 10 September 2012

Reality Gives News...US-ambassador Nancy J. Powell visits art class of Reality Gives and Bombay Underground

From the left: Falgun, US-ambassador Powell, Sidhu,Vijay,Akshay,Rahul,Laxmi and from the back Yash - the students of the photography class were happy to welcome the very important guest

The residents in Dharavi were very curious and excited when they noticed four white cars with police escort dropping off a very important visitor outside the pottery area “Kumbharwada”. Nancy J. Powell, the USA Ambassador for India, came to Dharavi on Monday 10th September to meet our photography students.

Powell is a passionate photographer.
Krishna explains the working and living conditions of Dharavi.

Powell's second visit to Mumbai since she arrived in India in April was dedicated to meetings with business groups and other associations. To get a break from the formal meetings she came with the general consulate Peter Haas to Dharavi to meet the photography students of the art program of Reality Gives and Bombay Underground. The first female ambassador for India and highest representative of the US foreign services was very happy to explore Dharavi with local slum kids who share her passion for photography. Together they walked from the potter's area to 90 Feet Road and eventually they visited the art room- a regular spot on the Dharavi tours run by Reality Tours and Travel where the children’s photography is exhibited.
Powell came with a lot of police escort.

Police was even placed all over Dharavi.
We are very happy the community supportered us completely.  

A lot of press came to catch a photograph
of the guest as well. 
In July the US Consulate of Mumbai organized a photography trip with the students to visit some famous sights of Mumbai. For Powell's visit Reality Gives exhibited the best photos from this day. The Ambassador was very impressed by the well taken pics which will be displayed at the US Consulate in Bandra East in October. "These young photographers are very talented. I'm already looking forward for the photos of today", said Powell for good bye. 

More photos on

The ambassador visiting the kids photography exhibition.

The kids were very impressed by Powell's big camera.

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