Bajaj Chetak has introduced an electric scooter in 2019. But who can forget its earlier version that stole the hearts of millions of Indian families for decades and lovingly called Hamara Bajaj (Our Bajaj). Originally based on Italian Vespa Sprint, Chetak was an affordable means of transportation and decorated the Indian streets from 1972 to 2006. The Chetak is named after Chetak, the legendary horse of Indian warrior Maharana Pratap. Here is a photograph to remember the now-forgotten golden period of Our Bajaj, shot in the year 2012 by Abul Kalam Azad.

Hamara Bajaj, 2012

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Abul Kalam Azad is a visual artist based in India. Abul’s photographic works are predominantly autobiographical, and they explore the areas of politics, culture, micro-history, gender, and eroticism.

His works attempt a re-reading of contemporary Indian history – the history in which ordinary people are absent and are mainly represented through beautiful images and icons.

During the early 90s, for a brief period, he worked as a photojournalist with leading National/International agencies including the Press Trust of India. Mid-90s, he renounced his journalism career to become an independent artist.

Besides, Azad’s maverick and pioneer experimental hybrid art that blends different styles and techniques pushes the boundaries of contemporary Indian photographic art practice.

His current projects focus on a search inside South Indian maritime history and connected cultures, inspired by ancient literature, folklore, and rituals. His works have been exhibited in prestigious museums/galleries in India and abroad since the mid-90s. He is the recipient of various awards that includes Charles Wallace Award, French Government Scholarship award, Govt. of India’s Senior Art Fellowship, and India Foundation for the Arts Grant.

Abul Kalam Azad is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography, a non-profit foundation committed to creating, protecting and sharing contemporary photography and other allied art forms. He also extends his services as Editor-in-Chief of Photo Mail, an online photo-art magazine.