Venkaiah Naidu confers lifetime achievement award on Magnum photographer Raghu Rai

Naidu said photographs were a powerful language which spoke to "our emotions and became a part of our legacy".

Politicians are not known to bare their hearts and share emotions, at least not in public.

But union minister M Venkaiah Naidu did precisely that on Wednesday while giving away excellence awards in the field of photography. The minister choked with emotions while recalling a memory for which he does not possess a memento.

"I was very young when my mother died. I don't even remember her face. Had I had a photo of her I would have at least seen my mother," said Naidu. He was trying to underline the contribution of a photographer to society and life. While speaking on the role of photographs as a powerful medium of communication, Naidu, d the famous maxim,

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"A picture is worth a thousand words".

"They form a means of artistic statement that provided insight into the thought and mental makeup of the communicator, while enabling them to transcend the limitations and boundaries of the linguistics of a written or spoken language." Naidu said photographs were a powerful language which spoke to "our emotions and became a part of our legacy".

"The photograph of a 3-year-old dead Syrian child washed ashore on a beach changed the entire world opinion on the refugee crisis thereby shaking collective consciousness of the humanity," said Naidu.

Naidu conferred the Life Time Achievement Award to Shri Raghu Rai; Professional Photographer of the Year award and to KK Mustafah and Amateur Photographer of the Year award to Ravinder Kumar.

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