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Nazar ka Adda was a series of gatherings of photographers and lens-based artists hosted by Nazar Foundation to show, discuss and critique their work. A moderator invited 3 to 4 photographers to present their work, share their experiences and field questions and comments from participants. Nazar Foundation organized 23 such interactions over a period of 3 years. The Addas also acted as a community building exercise.


The ADDA is a form of intellectual exchange among members, who were originally of the same socio-economic strata, but the process has democratized in modern times. Although many Kolkatans boast of the city being the birthplace of adda culture, Satyajit Ray, in his film Agantuk, traces back the origin of the tradition to regular intellectual dialogues prevalent in Ancient Greece during the times of Plato and Socrates.

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