In films, people are used to witnessing ‘larger than life’ characters rising from ashes, and fighting against all odds. The story of Sourav Mukherjee is no different. Four decades back, born in a middle class business family of South Kolkata, Sourav Mukherjee completed his +10 studies from Wynberg Allen School, Mussourie and +2 from St. Thomas’ Boy’s School, Khidderpore, Kolkata. Soon after graduating in B.Sc.IT from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, it took no time for this smart and energetic boy to turn his dream to reality by grabbing his dream job in the Airline Industry. He joined as a Sales Executive in Galileo India Pvt Ltd, an InterGlobe Company and in no time, he climbed the stairs of progress to hold senior position as Corporate Client Sales Counsellor. A brilliant performer and committed team man, Sourav was offered to join Air Sahara as a Cabin Crew. And as Sr. Inflight Crew for International Sectors in Jet Airways, he was probably the happiest person in the world.
His dream journey continued at a fast pace as he further honed his skills, working with travel portals, as well as being part of the managerial team with Ebookers – world’ leading Online travel portal, based out of the U.K. In fact, he has also worked with TATA STEEL group of companies in Business Development for their Logistics and International Sea Ports, as well as the Country Head with a grand start-up — ARHT Global. Remarkably, Sourav has been honoured as the Best Top Management Official for three consecutive years. However, one morning in the October of 2015, things took a complete turn for Sourav.
It was around 6.40 am on the 14th of the month, when Sourav was returning home riding his month old Hero Honda Karizma ZMR, and when, from nowhere, a speeding school bus ran over his right leg in its bid to overtake another vehicle. After some dreadful four days in the ITU and another 10 in the hospital, Sourav returned home, while life had other challenging plans for him. In the brutal crash, Sourav had lost his right leg above the knee. Nonetheless, Sourav, always a winning player, took it all down with a pinch of salt and sugar. As he humbly acknowledges, “The amputation changed the entire perspective in my life. Get up, dress up and show up – I chose a new life with camera. The globetrotter now needed a camera and Sourav Mukherjee was back.”
Sourav picked his genre and within a span of three years, he carved his identity as the nation’s first Differently Abled Pro Fashion, Lifestyle and Figure Study Photographer. At present, he is also termed as the most influential lifestyle photographer of East India. He has already bagged 5K+ National and International Awards and Recognitions. Currently, Sourav Mukherjee is the Founder & Director of LENZSATION, through which he has conducted more than 200 Photography Workshops and trained 2K+ photo enthusiasts. His sole mission towards the building of this initiative is, “Photography for all”.
People always look for motivation in hours of despair, crisis and moments of isolation. And in this regard, the journey of celebrity photographer Sourav Mukherjee is, indeed, no less than a rare real-life superhero.