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PORTRAITS OF YOUNG NORTHEASTERNERS LIVING IN DELHI.


New Delhi, the capital of India with a population of 19 million, is host to people from all corners of the country.

These photographs comprise part of an on-going series in which the subjects are young people from the Northeastern states of India who have moved to the capital for a multitude of reasons.

I’ve chosen this subject as while I’ve made Delhi my home, I originally hail from Sikkim, a small state within the Northeast. A region with varied cultures and sensibilities, it has its fair share of strife and struggle. However, a move to the big city renders a sense of commonality amongst us all; an undefined sense of community binds us in our everyday lives.

I embarked on this project to visit this thread of commonality which, despite its many iterations helps give meaning to both those who have found a niche, and for others who still struggle to keep up with the fast pace of urban life.

Those from the “mainland” have perceived much about the ethnic differences of people from the Northeast. This project is a celebration of the personal triumphs of individuals, who despite their own internal and external struggles have defined themselves within this urban terrain and help show the way forward for others wanting to do the same.

Mayanglambam Dinesh (26), Kakching, Manipur. Illustrator and painter.

Mayanglambam Dinesh (26), Kakching, Manipur. Illustrator and painter.

Beelash Tamang (25), Darjeeling, West Bengal. Tattoo artist.

Beelash Tamang (25), Darjeeling, West Bengal. Tattoo artist.

Robert Hyungo (23), Imphal, Manipur. Student at Delhi College of Art.

Robert Hyungo (23), Imphal, Manipur. Student at Delhi College of Art.

Yangchen Yonzon (25), Gangtok, Sikkim. Marketing manager.

Yangchen Yonzon (25), Gangtok, Sikkim. Marketing manager.

Tajang Tage (23), Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. Student.

Tajang Tage (23), Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. Student.

Vicky Chandra (25), Imphal, Manipur. Painter and illustrator.

Vicky Chandra (25), Imphal, Manipur. Painter and illustrator.

Prashant Dahal (26), Gangtok, Sikkim. Accounts manager at Sikkim House.

Prashant Dahal (26), Gangtok, Sikkim. Accounts manager at Sikkim House.

Mende Lama (25), Darjeeling, West Bengal. Student.

Mende Lama (25), Darjeeling, West Bengal. Student.

Zaurin Thoidingjam (22), Imphal, Manipur. Graphic designer.

Zaurin Thoidingjam (22), Imphal, Manipur. Graphic designer.

Byline: Tenzing Dakpa
Photographs: Tenzing Dakpa


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