Influencers on Lisu Society: SHARBENDU DE

Photo: Sharbendu De (Courtesy: SACAC)

A passionate and a published researcher made en route into our history. If Asim Maitra is remembered as someone who documented our people in words, Sharbendu will be remembered for visual documentations. More about Sharbendu.

Two trips served as initial researches. The first was in 2013 and came upto Nibodi village along with Pastor David. This is published in Indian Express “The Journey is the destination” and in Outlook Traveler “A trek into the Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh”. Also some photos at Sunday Guardian. In the next trip, he made to Shidi village in January 2016 when Biki served as local guide. An article was published in Indian Quarterly. He gave me a printed copy of this article and read to some elderly people and they appreciated its contents.

By the January 2018, he has returned again. This time with concrete plans with what he will focus in the research of our people with the project name “Imagined Homeland”, funded by the India Foundation for the Arts. Already much publicity has been made since he visited our villages last. Here are a few:

  • Photos
  • Exhibitions at India Photo Festival, 6 Sep – 7 Oct 2018 at Hyderabad.
  • A lecture in Lamakaan, Hyderabad. Most part deals on photography philosophy. Watch from 24 min onwards.

From Asim Maitra’s research, the government came to know Lisu and Yobin refers to the same and one tribe. I look forward from this research by Sharbendu will bring much publicity that will invite response from the authorities the harsh realities we face and bring help.

I am so glad such an expert in the field has come in our area and do research.


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