Entry Title: "Tea plantation workers"
Name: Shabnam Sirur , India
Category and Expertise: Environmental|Other_ED|Culture|Other_P|Portrait_P, Non-Professional
Entry Description: These are a set of Environmental portraits done on a visit to the Nilgiris in South India. Connoor, where these were taken is essentially a small Tea garden town. Most of the people there are engaged in the business of tea. At the bottom of the food chain are the plantation workers, mostly women and tribals. Poverty, lack of literacy or is it ethnicity that for generation after generation, they remain tied to the gardens? They are ‘born in the gardens and die in the gardens’ is what one of them said to me blissfully.