Mapping Bombay’s Old Gullies

In Photos | Mapping Bombay’s Old Gullies

A photographer traces the city’s iconic neighbourhoods and people who’ve made it home.

Cinema paints a poetic picture of Mumbai. Skyscrapers overlook kaalipeelis zipping through the freeways. Local trains with people packed like sardines branch out to the ends of the city. Hawkers set up makeshift shops in the busy streets. And lovers steal kisses at Marine Drive’s promenade, a moment sweetened by the Arabian Sea. But move past the checkpoints, and you will discover the Bombay of yore, where dusty neighbourhoods house Bombay’s old soul. Here, you’ll run into long-time residents who have shaped the city by holding on to skills passed down the generations. Think the Koli fishing community selling their day’s catch, the washermen of Dhobi Ghat scrubbing clothes in a 4×6 feet cubicle, or the potter families of Kumbharwada in Dharavi moulding hundreds of clay models every day.  Photographer Tanvi Joshi follows six groups of traditional Bombay artisans—headstrong to hold on to their identity in a metropolis embracing modernism.


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  • Tanvi Joshi is a Contemporary and FineArt photographer whose sanity lies in wandering the streets and making photo stories which have historical significance around them. She believes her soul resides in the foothills of the gigantic Himalayan range, the love of which she expresses through her imagery.

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