The lost city of Kyiv, in pictures

Avantika Meattle’s photo exhibition on Ukraine is being held in Delhi


"Never knew any friend who travelled there, no one recommended it and there was just one reason for going - it felt like she should." This is how Avantika Meattle describes her visit to Ukraine in January, just a month before Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the "country with a flag that is about its sunflowers on the ground and a blue sky above".

When Meattle, a leading photographer with a practice spanning 20 years across multiple genres, visited a freezing Ukraine, Omicron was ravaging most of the world and a Russian army was already sending out belligerent vibrations at the border. But Meattle was mesmerised by the vibrant country with its illustrious history, imposing monuments, the people, food and culture - a heady mix of Nordic, European, Russian and Ottoman history.

Recently, she collected her photo documents into a three-day exhibition, ‘Ukraine Untold Glimpses as a Travelling Photographer’, which was inaugurated by Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor in New Delhi in the presence of SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh - the airliner had helped evacuate Indian citizens from war-torn Ukraine.

Presented here are snapshots of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, a shimmering, majestic city now battered and bruised for years to come. 


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