For Women’s History Month, we shed light on a selection of pioneering women and their contribution to culture.

 In a world where female artists often go unnoticed or uncredited for their work, there are some talents so undeniably powerful, they trailblazing-ly break the glass ceiling—forcing even the male dominated world of the art industry to take notice. Homai Vyarawalla is one of these women. Perhaps best known for her photographs chronicling the Indian independence period, she is remembered for her intimate portraits of Nehru, Lord Mountbatten, Ho Chi Min—as well as her emotional photographs from Gandhi’s funeral procession. 

Often referred to as India’s first lady of photography, Homai’s introduction to photography was (ironically) inextricably linked to her husband Manekshaw. What began as a mentor-mentee relationship—he was a professor at her…



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