Thomas Murphy exposes Indiaâ€™s flower power generationâ€¦â€¦
posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 12:34 PM
Prakash Omari, Bangalore
Thomas Murphy of MIKA PR is appointed photographic editor working on an anthology - 'Butterflies in bloom' - in the lives of New Delhi’s flower sellers, most of whom are displaced tribal street children.
Thomas, a former model turned photographer, will work with freelance photographers in India in capturing glimpses into the lives of India’s street children.
UNICEF’s estimate of 11 million street children in India in 1994 is considered to be conservative. The Mumbai Street Children Empowerment Network (MSCEN) estimate around 125,000 street children each in Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi, with another 45,000 in Bangalore.
A percentage of the royalties will be donated to the MSCEN.
For many years New Delhi has seen the maximum ‘flower traffic’ in Asia. The former imperial city is the convergence point of Asian dealers in flowers. Traders in most cities have contacts with dealers in Delhi and not with dealers in cities where the flowers actually originate. For instance, flowers from distant Bangalore arrive in Delhi and are then transported to Bhopal. Orchids are imported from Thailand and then exported to Singapore. Despite the growth and sale of flowers having spread over most of the country, India's annual flower production stands at around 1,000 tonnes.
India ratified the United Nations Child Rights Convention in 1992. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights was constituted this year and is chaired by Dr.Shantha Sinha, a highly dedicated child rights activist. The Commission has been taking up various issues which were brought forth recently in the area of child abuse.
The anthology will be launched at a ceremony hosted by the Mumbai Street Children Empowerment Network in Mumbai in November 2009.