Remembering Homai: Dinyar Patel Reminisces about Vyarawalla


January 17, 2012

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Dinyar Patel, editor at Yazdgerd and good friend of Parsi Khabar has penned a personal note on the passing away of Homai Vyarawalla.

"Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist, passed away onSunday at the age of 98. Vyarawalla is a significant figure for anystudent of modern Indian history: pick up any book covering Indianpolitics for the period from the 1940s to the 1970s and you will findat least a few of her photographs."I met her only once. In May 2008, when Vyarawalla was a sprightly 95,she traveled to London, Boston, and Chicago along with her biographer,Sabeena Gadihoke, for a lecture tour.

It was her first trip abroad.She spoke briefly at a lecture at Harvard University’s Sackler Museumafter Gadihoke delivered a lecture on her pioneering work. Below aresome of my reminisces of her visit…"

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