Kanishka Sonthalia (b. 1990) is an independent documentary photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her current project, A Visceral Sense, is based on the idea of dignity in birth and empowers non-traditional black families through...
Chotu, is an immigrant Nepali who arrived in India at the age of 55. He had lived in several parts of north India before he settled down in Choj. Since his arrival in India, he shifted between several jobs; from working as a handyman, drug peddler, a contractor for Nepali immigrants to now, a cafe owner.
Phagnu, 50, a native, was born and brought up in Choj. He lives in the same wooden house with his wife, daughter Pinky and son Manoj that he built with his father when he was in his late teens. Phaagnu is one of the older inhabitants of the village and is highly respected by the villagers.
A retired lumberman he now has a small stake in the lumber business.
Choj, a remote village pristinely tucked in the mighty Parvati Valley of the Himalayas is home to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It's one of the smaller villages in the valley inhabited by a mere 30-32 families. The documentary encompasses the village with a focus on the children and childhood in the village.
Choj has recently won a grant by FAMU International, Prague, Czech Republic and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020.