Human Rickshaw 2011

I employed a human rickshaw driver to ferry me around Kolkata, filming him from the comfort of his seat. When we return to the start, we switch place and the journey begins again.

Human rickshaws were introduced to India during Britain's colonial Raj. The drivers of these vehicles are Dalits. (Meaning 'oppressed', Dalit is the self-chosen political name of peoples which the caste system considers untouchable.) Despite a ban being placed on this profession, the human rickshaw is still a common mode of transport in Kolkata.

Media : Two-channel video (10 mins)