Ronak Sawant is an Indian artist, dancer, poet, writer, street photographer and humanitarian. He is the life explorer, urban monk and a free bird that uses his art, wisdom and life’s journey to inspire people and make a change in the world.

August 19, 2016

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Cover Photo: Camera - Ronak Sawant

A Camera...
can make you an artist
can make you a photographer
can make you a better human being
can also make you look a monkey

A Camera...
can make you popular
can make you poor
can make you a star
can take you far

A Camera...
can capture a moment
can freeze time
can make a difference
can bring a change

A Camera does nothing.
It is just an instrument.
You (the Photographer) do everything.
Be proud to be a Photographer!

P.S. Happy World Photography Day! ❤️

August 15, 2016

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Cover Photo: How I Discovered The Writer In Me - Ronak Sawant

Life is indeed a magnificent discovery and learning in itself. Every day it keeps revealing myself to me with something or the other. As I firmly believe that there’s a lot more into me than I can imagine, I never actually thought that there’s this profound writer inside me that exists who loves to play with words. So this is a blog, a real story of how I discovered the writer in me!

I was not a kid who was born with amazing writing talent and also I never made or maintained any diary/journal in my life that most of the writing lovers do keep before publishing their writing work professionally. But yes, I was good at writing skills during my school days. Writing skills such as essay writing, story writing, letter writing, etc. I used to do very well in these.

I still remember a day from my school when in my 9th grade a teacher after reading my essay congratulated me in front of the whole class and decided to make me the monitor right away. The piece of writing that she gave in homework a previous day I don’t know what she found in it. But that was the time when someone recognised my writing skills for the first time. Luckily in my case, it happened to be our English Teacher “Mrs Menon”, who was our class teacher.

At that time, I was not matured and focused on life. I was a kid who used to love dancing, playing with my friends and having fun. All in, I was just a carefree child. So the kind words of a teacher I took them, as a compliment and I didn’t think more about it whether to start writing more such essays and develop/improve my writing skills. Then somewhere between preparing for my 10th-grade board exams, the writing skills in me slowly started vanishing away as I had to focus on other subjects too.

The life went by and kept playing its part. I passed my 10th grade with flying marks. I entered college and got the admission in the college which I dreamed, Nationals College, Bandra. I took Commerce in junior college years and passed my 12th grade with decent marks. Those two years spent studying Commerce were nothing but a big struggle. Accounts and Maths didn’t interest me at all and also the other subjects too. The only branch I found interesting in a syllabus was English, and there was this Poem called “Don’t Quit” in 12th English textbook which had some impact on me at that time. Soon I realised that Commerce is just not me. I found myself focused on life this time. At the same time, the love of dancing started turning into a passion, and later it became a part-time profession. I started performing here and there. I began doing Choreographies. I used to be more in Rehearsal halls and Auditorium stage than attending a daily class lecture.

Being a self-taught, self-made dancer, I never had any formal training in dancing. I used to research online on the Internet about Dance, read articles, learn by watching YouTube videos and then do it in my way. Then one day when I was researching late online, I got introduced to the word ‘blog’. So it’s my dancing love that introduced me to this beautiful word called ‘blog’. Simultaneously I was fascinated with another art called photography, all because of dance. So I wanted to start photography also. It was another dream apart from the blog. A couple of years went by, living life, finding myself and of course dancing.

I decided to study B.Sc. IT as a graduate degree. When I entered the second year of IT studies, I thought to give blogging and photography dream a shot. Honestly, I was bored with the IT studies load and pressure. And for this, I needed an escape plan. Dancing has always been there for me every time. So, somewhere during dancing, I decided to start blogging and photography. I decided to take that one step and ever since there’s no turning back.

I started this blog (Ronak Sawant's Blog) a month before entering the 20th year of my life on August 15, 2014 (an Indian Independence Day, that day I decided to be free). Yes, I started writing when I was almost 20 years; pretty late though, I know! But that was the right time for me I feel so. I published my first ever writing titled “Who Am I?” on August 20, 2014. It took me almost two weeks to write before sharing my first blog post (article).

The blog post “Who Am I?” is an introductory blog and hence the title, Who Am I.  But, it is more than just an introduction. It consists of two parts, but while reading these two halves are perceived as one. That's the beauty of the blog post. The first half is about finding your true self and following your heart. And the second half is a small introduction about me (the writer behind the blog). The best part about this first blog is that after publishing it online here on blogger, I got more than 100 views just in a day.  Honestly, I didn’t think that I will be getting over 100 views for my first blog post on the first day. That is crazy, and so is my blog and so is me.

That is how my writing adventures, i.e. the journey of my writing started with a mission to inspire people, to make them smile/happy, to touch their heart, to bring some change in this world, voicing people to follow their dreams and find the inner voice, etc. So, this is how I discovered the Writer in me!

The one step that turned into a dream come true,
An escape plan that turned into a big fantasy,
That is how I discovered the Writer in me,
And yes, it wasn’t that easy!

August 07, 2016

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Cover Photo: Street Photography in India - Ronak Sawant

"Street Photography is not about taking photos on the street;
it’s about capturing the soul of the street."
– Ronak Sawant

I am Ronak Sawant, and I love doing Street Photography the most above all the photography styles. I believe that Street Photography is not just an art, but it’s a way of life. After spending almost 1 and half years capturing photographs on the street (well that’s my journey so far as a Photographer), I think it’s my responsibility as a Street Photographer that this Street Photography art goes out to people in a right way. I mean the people should know what exactly Street Photography is all about and how to represent this beautiful art. It’s like if one person can’t take that one necessary step to bring that change; to educate or to showcase the real art then the scene will remain the same as it is. As I truly believe that one person can make a difference, so this is why I am writing the blog sharing my experiences, moments and perspective on Street Photography in India.

In India, people are not very much aware as in they don’t know that Street Photography is an art and it’s a type of photography style that exists. Even today, if you carry a DSLR camera, go outside and capture photographs on the street, 99% of people will consider you a ‘पत्रकार’ (a Reporter or a Cameraman). The incident which has happened to me many times and it still happens!

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.

Only a few people in India know about Street Photography, just very few. Here in India, people only know three types of Photography very well, and that’s Fashion, Wedding and Wildlife Photography. But when asked about Street Photography, it’s a great doubt! According to mentality here, Street Photography is just about capturing the beggars on the street. You know, it feels sad when the Photographers themselves give an incorrect knowledge or information about the art which they are practising. So how can you expect the same from non-photography people? It’s not possible right!

What is Street Photography?


Cover Photo: Street Photography Quote - Ronak Sawant

According to me, Street Photography is about capturing the moments and collecting the soul of the street. This type of photography is very different from all the other styles. Here you don’t have any model from magazine cover to pose for you. You don’t have any lighting set-up, the only light you have is nature. You don’t have a studio set-up, no make-up, nothing. You have to make use of whatever present on the street. That's what makes street photography different as well as exciting. You don’t know what will happen, what moments you will witness. It is unpredictable just as life. It’s all about you being present in the moment with your camera, vision and wander in search of the perfect street shot. Be it a tea stall, vegetable market, a man walking, a girl reading, etc. any place or any situation. Everything is just real here, not like a studio. Everything is natural, not planned or posed shots. Here the entire street is your photography studio, and you become its part to capture it all.

My Experiences:


While doing Street Photography, there are people who count me in as a Tourist who according to them is probably seeing the city for the first time. That's a good sign essentially! If you make them feel this, then you are doing a good job. And then there are those who consider me as a Cameraman, the mentality I tell you!

There’s also one incident that I had with the Police Officers in Mumbai. I was exploring the streets of my hometown Bandra in April 2014, having hands-on my friend’s Nikon SLR Camera. That is when a Police saw me with a Camera and called me. For a moment I got scared as I thought, “Why he is calling, will he take off my camera or what?” You know, my Mom and Dad always told me to be safe while doing whatever I am doing with a camera outside. They also advised me saying to stay away from Police and don’t hand a camera to them if a situation comes. Remembering these words of my parents, I walked confidently toward the Police. He asked directly, "What are you doing with a Camera in this alley (street)?" I just said, "I am capturing Photographs". (It was a silent street by the way). He then called another Police Officer who was standing some distance away from us and told him all the matter. The second Police Officer asked me to show my camera right away. This time I got very much aware, and I showed him all the photographs that I had captured, holding a camera in my hand. And just for the sake, I even told him "if you feel that I am doing something wrong, then I will delete all the pictures if you want". Just when I whispered any other word, he was amazed at my Photography. He just said, “हे खूप छान फोटो आहेत, परंतु आता विधानसभा निवडणुकीची तयारी चालू आहे, म्हणून फोटोग्राफीला इथे परवानगी नाही” (These are great photos, but now it's assembly election preparations going on, so photography is not allowed here). That is when I realised that its election preparations going on (though the elections were three weeks away) and the Police Officers are just doing their duty. Then they both said with care to switch off my camera and walk away from the alley as quickly as possible and do Photography somewhere else, not here. I said, Thank you in return and left. This was certainly a good experience! A big up to Mumbai Police for always taking care of the city!

अगर अच्छा करोगे, तो अच्छा पाओगे। (If you do well, then the good will happen to you.)

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.

My Moments:


I remember every photograph that I capture, and it’s behind the picture story too. Here is the image that I captured near Khar, Mumbai a few months back while I was doing a Photo Walk there.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.

These two gentlemen’s in this picture were in their world, and so was I with my camera. As you can see, the Person 2 was giving a leg massage at a bus stop to Person 1. I observed this and captured it right away. You can see the expression of Person 1 doing a gesture, “Who is he? Why he is taking a photo?” When this kind of situation arises while shooting, I hate it because I had to explain to them what I am doing and what Street Photography is! I have done this many times, wasted my Photo Walk time and did an explanation. It is necessary sometimes because there are people who are not at all photo-friendly.

Here is another image I captured back in 2015 while I was exploring the streets of Dadar, Mumbai. I viewed this beautiful old woman, sitting by a roadside and I don’t know why but I wanted to capture her. So just when I focussed my lens towards her, she just did this 'Namaste' pose! It is one awesome moment!

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.

Here are some of my favourite Street Photographs that I captured exploring the streets of India:


Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Delhi, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Delhi, India.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Goa, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Goa, India.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Amritsar, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Amritsar, India.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Vaibhavwadi, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Vaibhavwadi, India.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Nagpur, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Nagpur, India.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Ooty, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Ooty, India.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.

Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.
Street Photography by Ronak Sawant - Mumbai, India.

"If you haven’t captured any photograph on the street,
then you surely don’t know what real photography is all about."
– Ronak Sawant

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– Ronak Sawant