‘A Rose to India’, a documentary featuring Athy’s Clare Kambamettu is hitting our TV screens on Tuesday next, August 16, writes Lisa Deeney. The feature, developed by Gaeljin Productions, follows the reigning Rose of Tralee on a voyage of discovery around India.
The trip was especially poignant for Clare who was accompanied by her father Ravi and follows their rediscovery of his birth place and early years in the Indian city of Hyderabad. Ravi met Clare’s mother Breda at the Merlin Park Hospital in Galway 37 years ago and the family lives in Athy.
The 18-day tour was organised by international development charity VSO, who send volunteers to work long term overseas. While in India Clare was given an insight into the work VSO volunteers engage in across India, including visits to the cities of Hyderabad, Berhampur, and Delhi.
In the documentary, Clare visits the SWECHA charity in Delhi, which is an enterprising initiative and great example of how the VSO programmes support people to earn their own income and helps people to live healthily.
The documentary crew follow Clare and Ravi on their journey through the dumps, markets and tailors’ workshops and show the transformation of car tyres and waste fabrics into beautifully crafted handbags and purses which are then sold at Delhi’s upmarket shopping centres.
‘A Rose to India’ highlights the contrasting views of life in India, and Ravi, who was brought up in relative comfort in Hyderabad, sees the scale of poverty in India firsthand.
The documentary follows the development of Ravi and Clare’s personal relationship and their relationship with India.
The documentary also features a script written by Horslips member and feature film screenwriter Barry Devlin and a voice over by acclaimed actress Lorraine Pilkington. The documentary will be screened by RTÉ 1 on on Tuesday next, August 16 at 10.40pm