Egaro Photo Festival
Egaro Photo Festival incepted with the idea of showcasing photographs that challenges the widespread notion of what is a 'good photograph'. We also aim to change the way one looks at exhibition and the way photographs can be displayed, apart from gallery space.
Every year, we shall exhibit works of eleven photographers of different genres, who are producing important and relevant photographs in the present environmental, political, cultural, and socio-economic context; hence the name Egaro ( the Bengali word for 'Eleven').
The festival began as 'Egaro Chobi Utsav' in 2016, where the works of eleven photographers of Tripura were showcased in the front lawn of Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan; our objective was to spread awareness about the various contemporary photographic styles and change the idea of 'exhibition', in Tripura. In 2017, the venue was shifted to Nazrul Kalakshetra, owing to its area, providing room for exploring intriguing and innovative exhibiting possibilities. That's when we came up with the idea of going beyond the state boundary and showcasing works of artists from all over India. Presently, Egaro Photo Festival also aims at projecting Tripura and the great treasures of the state in terms of Art, History, Nature and Culture, along with that of other regions of India and the world.
A city still in its adolescence, Agartala can be a plethora of emotions. From love to calmness, from safety to freshness and tranquillity, it's a melting pot of various cultural and socio-political identities.
Lying on the banks of the Haora River, 2km from the Bangladesh border, Agartala is considered as one of the fastest cities of India. Blessed with rich heritage and culture, it's a 'place in transit', it's a place that makes one feel close to the bounty of nature, with a tinge of history in it.
Agartala is well connected to other parts of India by air, rail and road transport. Currently a domestic airport, Agartala airport is set to become an international airport soon, thus facilitating international travel. Agartala is also accessible by road from West Bengal, via Bangladesh.
This place has been a witness to the immensely talented Sachin Dev Burman and now boasts of internationally acclaimed gymnast, Deepa karmakar as it's golden girl.
Boinari(meaning 'friend' in Kokborok) is a group of freelance artists working in their own unique fields, but sharing a collective interest and love for visual media.
We constantly try to push the boundaries of art while spreading awareness about the contemporary photography world.
Since its initiation, Boinari has been involved in various events and platforms, promoting Art and Visual media, thus enhancing creativity and talent of the masses along with their participation.
Egaro Photo Festival is an initiative of Boinari, which began its strides with the organisation itself, in 2016.
Boinari is now a registered organisation under the Directorate of Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of Tripura.