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Rutavi Mehta's one of the finest photographers in the city

DNMUM208737 | 5/3/2011 | Author : Richa Pinto | WC :410

Rutavi Mehta, 25, realised her passion for photography just two years back when she had been on a road trip to Gujarat. Her photograph of a Seagull made her realise she can shoot good pictures. However, she just owned a digital camera, and never thought of taking up photography seriously. Later, when Rutavi posted the picture on a popular social networking site, she was inundated with 'likes' and comments.
Soon, her friends started suggesting to her that she give photography a try. Today, Mehta is the only photographer from the satellite city to exhibit her photographs at an exhibition conducted by Aham Bhumika, an NGO.
Two of Rutavi's photographs portraying Incredible India and Women Power will be exhibited at this exhibition. The organisers saw Mehta's pictures on a social media website four months ago and liked it a lot. Soon she was asked if she would like to be a part of this exhibition. After she agreed, Rutavi had to send in her pictures, of which two got selected. Rutavi is the only person from the satellite city whose pictures will be exhibited at this event that will be held in Bhopal on May 7. Unfortunately, Rutavi won't be going to visit the exhibition due to prior work commitments. "Several photographers from around the world were asked to send in photographs on various topics such as child malnutrition etc. Of all the photographs, only the best ones were selected. They like two of my photos,so I was lucky. I was really happy at being able to help this NGO, Aham Bhumika, in some way," says Rutavi. Although contest rules allow the photographer to keep a certain percentage of the prize money, Rutavi has decided to donate the entire amount to Aham Bhumika, which helps underprivileged children, destitutes and orphans. It gives them clothes, bicycles, books, toys and newspapers. Besides, they also request people to donate grains for their grain bank.
In the past, Rutavi has been the official photographer for an Asian Paints event. She was the only woman photographer from the city whose pictures were selected for the NMMC 2011 calendar. Rutavi received a trophy for it. "Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr can really help you reach out to people who share the same passion as yours. Besides, the reason I have been able to shoot so many events and shows is because people have got to know about me and my work," says Rutavi.

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