Basav Biradar and PeeVee

Basav Biradar is an independent writer, documentary filmmaker, teacher and researcher based in Bangalore, India. His first film Before The Third Bell was an official selection in the prestigious Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance 2018 in New York, USA. Basav has written travel essays, features on cinema, political reportage, features on heritage for various publications. He teaches courses on Indian Cinema and Modern Indian Theatre at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. He is currently working on a film on ultra-running and his first non-fiction book.

Venkatesan Perumal, aka PeeVee, is a photographer based in Bangalore. Currently, he works with Nikon School India as a photography mentor for the Karnataka region and has mentored more than 3500 photographers in the last four years. He has published two Coffee Table books, The Tour of Nilgiris (2009) and Frames of My City (2012), and made a short film on the lakes of Bangalore called The Bangalore Lake Diaries (2013)

Established in 1880 by John Taylor and Sons, the gold mining operations in Kolar Gold Fields, were a highly profitable enterprise for their owners. The large scale of the operations meant setting up of massive mining infrastructure and residential townships which in turn required the labour of thousands of workers. The company recruited labour from the neighbouring Tamil and Telugu speaking regions of Madras Presidency.

Over the period of 120 years of its existence, mining in KGF has yielded more than 800 tonnes of gold. The mining belt has also been a hotbed of workers' struggle. As the tussle between the government and the BGML employees co-operative continues even today, KGF has come to occupy a unique cultural, economic, social and political place in Karnataka. The image gallery captures the Kolar Gold Fields in Karnataka.