Sweat of Their Brow

An old way of life comes under assault.

The historic village of Taleigao in Goa was once renowned for the quality of its fresh produce. For hundreds, if not thousands, of years agriculture here had been the province of the Gaude tribe, among the earliest settlers of Goa. But now, the times they are a-changin’. Developers and builders have moved in and commandeered fertile fields, laying concrete turds in their wake. The area available for cultivation has shrunk so drastically that an important traditional occupation is in its death throes.

For the past 5 years I have tracked the vicissitudes of the Gaude in the tiny ward known as Nagale.

Mukund Kuttikar in Nagale

Working the fields in Taleigao, Goa
5D Mark II, 135L

 
Sweat of his brow: Mukund Kuttikar

Sweat of his brow: Mukund Kuttikar
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Nisha Tivremkar with fresh kohlrabi

Nisha Tivremkar with fresh kohlrabi
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

 
Gulabi Kuttikar, tending to her chillies

Gulabi Kuttikar, tending to her chillies
5D, 35L

 
Growing red amaranth (tambdi bhaji)

Growing red amaranth (tambdi bhaji)
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

 
Gomati Gauns

Gomati Gauns, never before photographed, too shy to look into the lens
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

 
Laxmi Sirvoicar, washing fresh batch of radish

Laxmi Sirvoicar, washing fresh batch of radish
5D, 35L

 
Sitabai Canconkar

Sitabai Canconkar
5D, 24-105L

 
Rohidas Kuttikar, proudly holding on

Rohidas Kuttikar, proudly holding on
5D, 35L

 
The fast disappearing fields

The fast disappearing fields
5D, 24-105L

 
 
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