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Tuesday, May 15, 2018


(Alan Khan (standing) with photographers
Kevin Joseph & Bala Govender. Pic courtesy of Alan Khan)

South African radio, TV & media personality and Lotus FM presenter, Alan Khan, posted on Facebook: “I am just so shocked to learn that one of South Africa’s legendary photographers, Mr Bala Govender, has sadly passed on. I have known Uncle Bala for the last 28 years.  He was on my talk show two years ago together with another lens master, Kevin Joseph. Bala Govender was a part of an era that produced South African photographers like M.S Roy, Ranjith Kally, Sam Nzima, Peter Magubane, Alf Kumalo, Ernest Cole and Gonsul Pillay amongst others. I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Mr Bala Govender... This is a tremendous loss to so many... May his soul Rest In Peace...”

(The following article is courtesy of The Daily News, May 14, 2018)

Balakisten “Bala” Parasarman Govender, a Chatsworth-based photographer died, peacefully at his home on Sunday after a long illness.

Govender, 77, was the founder of the Bala Govender and Sons studios, and became known for his contribution to the political struggle through his lens.

Govender’s brother-in-law and fellow photographer Sydney Reddy said: “He is the one who taught me everything. He trained me to become a photographer. I have been in the ­business for 55 years and I respect him so much for everything.”

Reddy said among the events covered by Govender was the visit to South Africa of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, and graduation ceremonies.

Govender leaves behind his wife, Dolly, son Trevor, daughter Ronica, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, grandchildren and numerous friends.

Reddy described Govender’s 65-year career as a great one. Govender`s contribution to the local photography fraternity will be remembered through some of his great pictures of the city, weddings and group pictures.

Desmond Photography studios wrote on Facebook: “Today we say goodbye to the pioneer in photography, Bala Govender of Bala Govender and Sons. RIP Uncle Bala.”