Our Own Chitrakatha

On our 23rd anniversary, we decided to showcase some of our best pictures since 1995. Choosing the better among the best was not easy. So after looking at archives full of brilliant pictures, we shortlisted 23 photos for you.

October 31, 2018

Did we travel back in time and snap a picture of an ­iron-age horde ­tearing towards their trembling foes across the froth? Almost. These were Naga sadhus ­charging the Sangamat Mahakumbh in Allahabad in 2001.

Photograph by Prashant Panjiar

Kitted out in a manner more in accordance with contemporary ­fashions, Kashmiri militants greeted readers with an ­ent­husiastic, if haza­rdous, salute from the pages of Outlook’s first issue in October 1995.

Vroom vroom, ­coming in for a hug. Arundhati Roy ­celebrated her 1997 Booker Prize win with a mildly ­enthusiastic Pradip Krishen in London.

Photograph by Gauri Gill

Have you heard the good news? Tribal converts from Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district in 1999

Photograph by Prashant Panjiar

And here’s one to watch: a ­beanie-topped Yogi Adityanath with his guru in Gorakhpur, 1998.

Photograph by Jitender Gupta

Religion on the one side, disaster on the other: a boy’s eyes gaze sharply upward as he lies trapped under debris during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake

Photograph by Prashant Panjiar

The clocks stopped as survivors took in scenes of ­overwhelming deva­station in the aftermath of Odisha’s 1999 ‘super cyclone’.

Photograph by Swapan Nayak

Amitabh Bachchan savours a brew at his Mumbai home as Jaya hovers past, 1998

Photograph by Atul Loke

Smile harder! Model-turned-Odissi exponent Protima Bedi in pedagogical attitude with students at Nrityagram in the year of her death, 1997

Photograph by C.R. Venkatesh

A humble conveyance suffices for a smiling shehnai maestro: Ustad Bismillah Khan in the streets of Varanasi, 1999

Photograph by Gauri Gill

Sachin Tendulkar takes a poolside break from the pressures of captaincy in Mark Mascarenhas’s Connecticut home, 1999

Photograph by Prashant Panjiar

A spot of R&R: farmers in a Rajasthan village engage in some intense video watching in 2014

Photograph by Sanjay Rawat

Don’t succumb: an AIDS patient at a ­rehabilitation centre in Tamil Nadu, 1996

Photograph by T. Narayan

Another armed salute from ­members of the Ranvir Sena in Bihar, 1997

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Starting the ­energy cycle: a bem­used-looking miner in the coal fields of Dhanbad, 1999

Photograph by Prashant Panjiar

Are they watching ­something like this? Bar dancers in Mumbai, 2005

Photograph by Abhijit Bhatlekar

Opposed masks: a Muslim riot ­victim at a ­relief camp in Shahpur, Muzaffarnagar in 2013

Photograph by Narendra Bisht

The heavens (perhaps not) shower Narendra Modi with petals at the BJP headquarters after his election victory in 2014

Photograph by Jitender Gupta

Arvind Kejriwal hangs behind Arvind Kejriwal as he waves to the crowds at an AAP election rally in Delhi, 2015

Photograph by Jitender Gupta

And sometimes, ­protocol must be broken: then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visits the ailing Khushwant Singh at his ­residence, 2007.

Photograph by Jitender Gupta

Equestrian monarch: UP’s famed don, Raja Bhaiya, on horseback at his estate in 1997

Photograph by Jitender Gupta

But here’s an animal that really is just like ­family: a goat watches TV with the rest of his household in an East Delhi slum, 1997

Photograph by Jitender Gupta

Mother Teresa’s body lies at the Calcutta ­headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, Calcutta

Photograph by Sanjoy Ghosh



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