Email: benoy.behl@gmail.com

www.indiamonuments.org

 

 

National Geographic magazine story and interactive map on Benoy K Behl's documentation of ancient Indian art: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/2008-01/india-ancient-art/interactive-map.html 

Article on the history of Indian Art by Benoy K Behl

Recent Newspaper Reports:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hindu-gods-forgotten-in-India-revered-in-Japan/articleshow/50525067.cms

http://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/shailaja-tripathi-on-a-photo-exhibition-on-hindu-deities-and-indian-culture-in-japan/article8374655.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/history-and-culture/land-that-reveres-sanskrit/article8253012.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/from-the-land-of-the-rising-sun-meet-filmmaker-and-art-historian-benoy-behl/article8248684.ece

http://www.thestatesman.com/news/supplements/indian-culture-in-japan/88931.html

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/books-and-art/290216/remembering-the-science-of-life.html

http://www.thestatesman.com/news/features/saraswati-in-pool-of-water/116720.html

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/japan-a-country-that-worships-saraswati-in-pool-of-water-116011500364_1.html

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/523205/japan-country-worships-saraswati-pool.html

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/499844/a-quest-japans-indian-gods.html

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/reviving-the-forgotten-bond/article7611991.ece

http://www.dailypioneer.com/vivacity/bonds-of-faith.html

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/498664/indian-deities-worshipped-japan.html

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/inhale-exhale/article7339925.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chennai-to-pose-in-international-yoga-film/article5797428.ece

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/478719/a-divine-practice-way-life.html

http://www.dailypioneer.com/vivacity/reach-out-wide.html

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/484111/photos-spread-word-yoga.html

http://www.thestatesman.com/news/section-ii/yoga-a-harmony-of-mind-body-soul/70006.html

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/453094/yoga-ancient-vision-life.html

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/indians-need-to-recover-their-rich-heritage-115010800124_1.html

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/film-seeks-to-communicate-the-true-meaning-of-yoga/article6460471.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/puducherry-to-be-part-of-film-on-yoga/article5803454.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/catching-up-with-the-second-buddha-of-the-himalayas/article4437404.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/a-new-light-on-link-between-buddhism-and-kashmir/article4655983.ece

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/326143/united-culture-dharma.html

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=505091156211090&set=a.381888401864700.96848.369573056429568&type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=504628166257389&set=a.381888401864700.96848.369573056429568&type=1&theater

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/bringing-art-out-of-museums/article4536473.ece

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=60036

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/history-and-culture/article2295239.ece

http://www.hindu.com/2007/12/26/stories/2007122661580200.htm

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/article2457843.ece

http://www.timescrest.com/culture/the-buddha-of-siberia-6103

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/2013/05/20/a-journey-through-indias-islamic-monuments-art-historian-behls-photography-exhibition-opens-in-kuwait-today/

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110828/spectrum/main2.htm

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/article1022221.ece

http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/22/stories/2009082250390200.htm

http://www.livemint.com/2007/08/28130640/Indian-roots-of-China-Tibet-a.html

http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/04/stories/2010080457300200.htm

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2009/8/10/lifeliving/4254388&sec=lifeliving

http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/22/stories/2009082250390200.htm

 http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007/10/27/stories/2007102750120200.htm                   

http://www.dailypioneer.com/199416/Photographic-odyssey.html

 http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/19/stories/2009091962490200.htm

http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/16/stories/2009121650910200.htm

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article22160.ece

http://www.livemint.com/2007/08/28130640/Indian-roots-of-China-Tibet-a.html

http://www.dailypioneer.com/231101/Khajuraho--revisited.html

http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007/10/27/stories/2007102750120200.htm

Limca Book Record for being the most travelled photographer, as well as for taking over 40,000 photographs of Indian monuments and art heritage.

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BRIEF RESUME



Consultant to Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for the successful UNESCO World Heritage Listing of the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya.

Authored a major book published by Thames and Hudson, London on THE AJANTA CAVES, comprehensively illustrated with colour plates of my photographs.  The Literary Editor of The Times, London writes, “The Ajanta Caves is one of the most gorgeous and stimulating books of Indian art ever produced.”  The American edition is published by Harry Abrams, New York.

Delivered illustrated Lectures on the ‘Art of AJANTA ' and ‘The Murals of India’ at Universities and Museums in USA, UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and in India.  Also delivered illustrated talks on ‘History of Indian Painting’, ‘The Compassionate Art of Buddhism’, ‘Ladakh: A Cradle of Buddhist Art’, ‘The Champa Temples of Vietnam’ and ‘The Churches of Old Goa’ at universities, museums and other cultural institutions in various countries.

Structurally repaired and conserved two important
Monasteries in Ladakh (circa 11th and 13th centuries), with the support of UNESCO, the Indian Army, leading scientists and the people of Ladakh..

Just Completed

12 films on THE STORY OF BUDDHISM Buddhist Sites and Art Heritage 

   
Just Completed

COSMOPOLITAN CULTURE OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL INDIA

   
Recently Completed      26 films on THE SCULPTURE OF INDIA

 

EXHIBITIONS:

• HINDU DEITIES WORSHIPPED IN JAPAN
The Japan Foundation, New Delhi, September, 2015
 The Indian Museum, Kolkata, co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, January, 2016
 The C. P. Ramaswami Iyer Foundation, Chennai, co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, February, 2016
 The Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad, co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, February, 2016
 National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru, co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, March, 2016

YOGA: AN ANCIENT SCIENCE OF LIFE. (Exhibition of 63 photographs taken by me in India and across the world.) The exhibition was inaugurated on 21st June, 2015, the First International Yoga Day, in the following locations.
Shanghai
 Reunion Island France
 Sao Paulo
 Athens
 Bishkek
 Beijing
 Rabat
 Port of Spain
 Prague
 Copenhagen
 Birmingham
 Zanzibar
 Amman
 Seychelles
 Phnom Penh
 Sri Lanka
 The Hague
 Armenia
 Georgia
 Nicosia, Cyprus, India Culture Day, January 24, 2016

• YOGA FOR HEALTH, Exhibition of 39 photographs taken by myself
Geneva, WHO, inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, 19th May, 2015

• ‘BUDDHIST HERITAGE OF THE WORLD’ (Photographed in 19 regions in 17 countries)
 Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, April 2012.
 Nehru Centre, London, from May 15, 2012.
 Gandhi Memorial Centre, Washington DC, from May 19, 2012.
 Hongwan-ji Temple, Tokyo, from May 24, 2012
 Todai-ji Temple, Nara, August, 2012
 George Town University, Washington DC, 23rd October to 5th December, 2014
 International Buddhist Festival, Mahabodhi Meditation Centre, Ladakh, August, 2012
 International Buddhist Conclave, Varanasi, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, September, 2012
 India International Centre, New Delhi, January, 2013.
 Vesak Celebrations of The Light of Asia Foundation, Sri Lanka, May, 2013
 International Buddhist Confederation, Founder’s Conclave, New Delhi, September, 2013
 Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, New Delhi, November 13-30 2013, inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
 Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, put up by Tibet House April, 2014
 Mauritius, March, 2013

• PLURALISTIC CULTURE OF INDIA
Festival of India in Nicosia, Cyprus, 30th March – 7th April, 2015. My photographic exhibition was held, along with the screening of my film ‘Poetry of the Hills’ on Kangra Miniature paintings.
 India Culture day, Nicosia, Cyprus, 24th January, 2016.

• IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BUDDHA
Hong Kong, inaugurated by Honourable Mr. Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary of Home Affairs, June 2014

• ‘THE PATH OF COMPASSION’
Photographs of Buddhist Monuments and Art Heritage: An exhibition covering 48 major Buddhist sites all over India and other Asian countries.
Kyoto: Otani University, 7-9-2004 to 27-9-2004, inaugurated by the President, Otani University and H.E. the Ambassador of India.
Kyoto: Otani University, International Cultural Centre, on permanent display from 2007.
Kyoto: Ryukoku University, on permanent display from December 2004.
Matsushima: Zuiganji Temple, March 2005
Tokyo: Naritasan Temple, 1-4-2005 to 20-4-2005
Tokyo: Komazawa University, May 2006
Bussho Gonenkai, Japan, 2005
Kyushu: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, 2005
Koen-ji Temple: Gunma, Japan, October 2005
Berlin: Embassy of India, 2-4-2008 to 14-4-2008.
Bangkok: Mahidol University, Thailand, May 24-31, 2007, Conference of South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion.
Bangkok: National Gallery of Thailand, September-October, 2004
Bangkok: Mahidol University, August to December 2006
Bangkok: The Festival of India, 1996
Colombo: National Art Gallery, October 2003, inaugurated by the honourable Minister for Human Resource Development, Education and Cultural Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka and the honourable Minister of External Affairs, Government of India.
Kandy, Sri Lanka, International Buddhist Conference, March, 2011
Butala Sri Lanka, February, 2011
Colombo: India Cultural Centre, March 27 – April 3, 2008
Colombo, held by the High Commissioner of India, January, 2011
Colombo, India Cultural Centre, on permanent display
Kandy: April, 2009
Kandy: 4-10 February 2010
Almaty: National Library of Kazakhstan, October 2006.
Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda, 23-1-2005 to 15-3-2005, inaugurated by H.E. the Ambassador of India.
Myanmar: World Buddhist Summit, December 2004.
Myanmar: Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, on permanent display from January 2005.
Shanghai: Jade Buddha Temple, on permanent display from January 2006.
Dun Huang Research Academy: On permanent display from 31st May, 2006, inaugurated by Honourable Defence Minister, Government of India.
Beijing: December 2004.
Beijing: 26-1-2005, Embassy of India, as part of the celebrations of the Republic Day of India.
Beijing: October, 2005, as part of the Festival of India in China.
Mt. Wutai: China, on permanent display from January, 2007 onwards.
Yungang Grottoes: China, on permanent display from January, 2007 onwards.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: On permanent display from 2004.
Taiwan: Taipei Municipal Library, 10/01/2008 to 29/02/2008
Taiwan: India-Taipei Association, displayed in many institutions in Taiwan, 2007-2008
Taipei, Taiwan, National Central Library, August, 2010
The Government has also held this exhibition at Washington DC, Paris, and Phnom Penh.
Moscow: 27-1-2004 to 9-2-2004, Oriental Center of Russia, State Library.
Moscow, Indian Embassy, on permanent display from 2008.
St. Petersburg, August, 2005.
Ulan Ude, Fine Arts Museum, 2006
Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 3rd – 16th October, 2007.
Travelling exhibition in Yugoslavia, 2004
Cairo: Maulana Azad Centre for Culture, inaugurated by Dr. Farouk Hosni, Minister of Culture of Egypt, 10-17, November, 2008
Taj Mahal, Agra: 19-11-2002 to 15-1-2003, held by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Spiti: Tabo Monastery, on permanent display from March, 2005.
New Delhi: Hotel Ashok, 31-1-2003 to 28-2-2003, inaugurated by the honourable Minister for Tourism & Culture, Government of India.
The National Museum, New Delhi: February-March, 2004, inaugurated by the honourable Minister for Tourism & Culture, Government of India.
Varanasi: Buddha Mahotsav, 2000
Kuala Lumpur: Buddhist Maha Vihara, 7-5-2005 to 22-5-2005, inaugurated by honourable Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Government of Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur, for Wesak Celebrations, May, 2009
Indian Cultural Centre, Kuala Lumpur, on permanent display from 2010.
Vientiane: April 4-10, 2006, National Cultural Hall, Laos.
Mithila Museum, Niigata has held the exhibition in every part of Japan at over 100 locations from 2005-2006 onwards.
Seoul: SNU Museum and Jogeye Temple, October 2006. Is scheduled to also be held in many parts of South Korea for a period of one year, up to October 2007.
Nalanda, February 2010, International Buddhist Conclave
China, going as part of the FESTIVAL OF INDIA, 2010


• VELHA GOA,
an exhibition of photographs of the churches of Old Goa.
Copenhagen: Asia House, 28-1-2005 to 2-2-2005, inaugurated by the Bishop of Copenhagen.
Rome: Cineporto, “Roman Summer”, Festival of the City of Rome, 10-7-2004 to 18-7-2004, inaugurated by H.E. the Ambassador of India.
Arequipa: University of Arequipa, Peru, December 2004
Agra: The Taj Mahal, 17-4-2003 to 16-5-2003, held by Archaeological Survey of India, inaugurated by Bishop of Agra and Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of Portugal
Delhi: Embassy of Portugal, November-December 2003, inaugurated by H.E. the Ambassador of Portugal.
Delhi, Azad Bhawan Gallery, ICCR, August 2010
Kolkata: West Bengal Cultural Centre, 26-8-2003 to 9-9-2003, inaugurated by H.E. the Ambassador of Portugal.
Goa: Mariott Resort, June 2003, inaugurated by H.E. the Ambassador of Portugal.
Dublin: 11-4-2005 to 23-4-2005
Berlin: Potsdam, April, 2005
Lima: March, 2005
Ica: March 2005
Paris: Chapelle, Missions Etrangeres de Paris, 11-03-2005 to 19-05-2005.
Lisbon: June, 2005, inauguration by the honourable Foreign Minister, Government of Portugal.
Lisbon: Lusiada University of Lisbon, 16-05-2006 to 31-05-2006.
Lisbon, Portugal, Institute Comoes, 26 May – 9 June, 2011
Carifuna, Ministry of Culture, the Guyana National Museum and the Indian High Commission, April 2010. Inaugurated by Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Government of Guyana.
Sacramento: University of Sacramento, California, September 2005 till May 2006.
Washington DC: Embassy of India, May 2008.
Salvodor: National Palace, Brazil, 5-10-2005 to 31-10-2005.
Panama, 2005
Panama, February 2006
Bogota: Colombia, 2005
Havana: Cuba, September, 2005
On permanent display at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, from December, 2004.
Mexico, going as part of the FESTIVAL OF INDIA, 2010
Sofia University Bulgaria, 18th to 30th April, 2011, inaugurated by HE. Mr. Divyabh Manchanda, Ambassador of India.
BRICS Summit, Brazil, July 14-15, 2014.
Harare, February –March, 2015


• AJANTA: THE UNSEEN JEWEL PHOTOGRAPHED BY BENOY K BEHL:
A major exhibition of the photographs of the Ajanta paintings created by the National Museum of India
The National Museum, New Delhi: 21-6-2002 to 4-8-2002, inaugurated by the honourable Minister for Tourism & Culture, Government of India.
Lumbini: November–December, 2004, inaugurated by the honourable Prime Minister of Nepal, held as part of the Second International Buddhist Conference.
Kathmandu: 5-1-2005 to 19-1-2005, Nepal Art Council.
Bhutan: 2004
Guwahati: March 2003
Shillong: April 2003


AJANTA REDISCOVERED:
An exhibition of photographs of the Ajanta paintings
Hong Kong: The Fung Ping Shan Museum, 1995, inaugurated by H.E. the Consul General of India
Mumbai: Cymroza Art Gallery, March 1993, inaugurated by H.E. the Governor of Maharashtra and Goa
• Photographs of Indian and Asian mural paintings are on permanent display in the Paintings Gallery of the National Museum, New Delhi.
• Ajanta photographs are on permanent display in the Media Room of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, South Block, Secretariat, New Delhi.

 

LADAKH: A CRADLE OF BUDDHIST CULTURE: An exhibition of photographs of the monasteries of Ladakh.
New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, 1997, along with a Seminar on the Monasteries of Ladakh where the keynote paper and a Proposed Action Plan for the Conservation of the Monasteries of Ladakh were also presented.
New Delhi: India Habitat Centre, 1998, inaugurated by the honourable Minister for Defence, Government of India.
New Delhi: India Habitat Centre, 1999, sponsored by KPMG.

 

MURALS OF INDIA: An exhibition of photographs of the scarcely-seen early wall paintings of India.
London: Nehru Centre, permanent display of a selection of photographs from January, 2005.
Rome: The National Museum of Oriental Art (G. Tucci), July 16- October 11, 2009. Held by the Ministry of Heritage & Culture, Govt. of Italy, National Museum of Oriental Art and Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Port Louis, Mauritius Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, High Commission of India and the Mauritius Museums Council, September 15-24, 2010. Inaugurated by Rt. Honourable Sir Anerood Jugnauth, GCSK, KCMG, QC, President of the Republic of Mauritius.
Kolkata, Nandlal Bose Gallery, ICCR, June 1-15, 2008

INDIA: A CONFLUENCE OF CULTURE: An exhibition of photographs of the multi-cultural heritage of India, photographed by Benoy K Behl. Held by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India at:
London: September, 2005.
Paris: September, 2005.
Tokyo: September, 2005.
New York: September, 2005.
New Delhi: September, 2005.
Mumbai: September, 2005.
Chennai: September, 2005.
Kolkata: September, 2005.

Brussels: The European Parliament, 16th to 21st October, 2006.
Frankfurt: Frankfurt Book Fair, 2006.
New Delhi: 26th September, 2006, Ashoka Hotel, World Tourism Day celebrations of the Government of India.
 

THE LEGACY OF AJANTA: The classic murals of India and other countries of South Asia, photographed by Benoy K Behl. An exhibition held by IGNCA
New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 25-11-2005 to 10-12-2005.


• THE PATH TO NIRVANA:
Photographic exhibition to commemorate the 2550th anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha, held by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India. (Two-thirds of the exhibition is my photographs).
New Delhi: Vigyan Bhawan, 13-05-2006, inaugurated by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Honourable Prime Minister of India.
New Delhi: National Museum, May and June, 2006.


THE SANCHI STUPAS & THE BEGINNINGS OF BUDDHIST ART:
On permanent display at M.P. Tourism hotel at Sanchi, from August, 2007.
New Delhi, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, April – May 2009.


INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY: REDISCOVERING INDIA’S ANCIENT LEGACY OF COMPASSION:
Govt. of India celebrations of India @ 60 at New York, 22nd – 28th September, 2007.

LEGACY OF COMPASSION,
on the monuments of many faiths in India :
London, Nehru Centre, 2009.
Berlin, Embassy of India, 2009
Madrid, Embassy of India, 2009
Valladolid , Spain, Casa de la India, 2009


THE MONASTERIES OF RINCHEN ZANGPO,
in India and Tibet: Held by India International Centre, as part of IIC Festival of the Arts, October 2007

Miranda House College, Delhi University, November, 2008.
Qutub Minar, New Delhi, February and March, 2009 held by the Archaeological
Survey of India, Delhi Circle.
Ulan Ude: as part of the Festival of India, July, 2009.
Moscow: as part of the Festival of India, August, 2009.
New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 15th September- 15th October, 2009.
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, September 24 – October 22, 2009.
Delhi, Azad Bhawan, ICCR, 24th September to 20th October, 2009

KHAJURAHO: THE GREATEST TEMPLE CITY.
New Delhi, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, January-February 2010.

• ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE OF INDIA
New Delhi, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Azad Bhavan, April 2010.
Jakarta, on behalf of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, May, 2010Kuala Lampur, Museum of Islamic Art, opened by Minister for Information,
Communications and Culture, Government of Malaysia, held by the Museum, the Indian High Commission and Reliance Investments, Malaysia. October and November, 2010
Colombo, Zahira College, March, 2012
Colombo, JDA Perara Gallery, inaugurated by Sri Lanka Justice Minister and High Commissioner of India, February 2012
New Delhi, Jamia Milia Islamia University, December, 2012 and October- November, 2013.
Kuwait, held by the Government of Kuwait and the Embassy of India, May, 2013
Abbu Dhabi, held by the Embassy of India, April, 2014
Kuwait, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, September 21 to October 3, 2014
Doha, held by the Embassy of India, from 21st September, 2014
Katara International Festival, Qatar, December, 2014
Celebration of Indian Culture, National Library of Kuwait, held by Embassy of India, December, 2015


• ISLAMIC MONUMENTS OF INDIA AND INDONESA
Istinqlal Mosque of Jakarta, February 16-27, 2015
Baruga Andi Pangerang Pettarani Universities Hasanuddin, Makassar
Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin, Serang
(Banten)
Mohammadiyah University in Central Jakarta

• PLURALISTIC CULTURE OF INDIA

Cyprus, held by the Embassy of India, March, 2015
Rajshahi, Bangladesh, held by Embassy of India, March, 2015


• BUDDHIST HERITAGE OF SOUTH ASIA
Colombo, Buddhist Cultural Centre, held by SAARC Regional Cultural
Centre, inaugurated by the Minister of External Affairs, Government of Sri
Lanka, August, 2012
Dhaka, Bengal Foundation and Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, inaugurated by
the Minister of Industries, Government of Bangladesh, January 2013.

• BUDDHIST HERITAGE OF SRI LANKA

India International Centre, New Delhi, sponsored by the High Commission of Sri Lanka and the India – Sri Lanka Foundation, April, 2013

• MONUMENTS OF BANGLADESH -THROUGH INDIAN EYES

Rajshahi, Bangldesh, held by Embassy of India, March, 2015
 

 

FILM-MAKING Produced and directed acclaimed documentary films on subjects of Indian art and culture. These include:

"THE PAINTINGS OF INDIA" a series of 26 documentaries made for DOORDARSHAN, on the tradition of painting in India, from pre-historic times till the present day.  This series addresses the entire subject for the first time and includes filming of ancient painted caves and temples and in museums across the world.
Many sites of mural paintings have been photographed and documented for the first time in this project, all over India and also in other countries of Asia.  Over 2,500 selected masterpieces of miniature paintings have also been archived for the first time.  The Limca Book of Records has listed this shooting schedule as the most extensive shooting which has ever been carried out. The series is the first documentary series to be telecast on Sunday morning primetime on the National Channel of Doordarshan. The DOORDARSHAN: PRASAR BHARATI (Broadcasting Corporation of India) calendar for 2003 was on the theme of the series THE PAINTINGS OF INDIA. 

These films have been screened for educational purposes by University of London; University of Hamburg; University of Ireland; Otani University, Kyoto; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Rubin Museum of Art, New York; Boston College, Boston; Wellesley College, MA; British Library, London; Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; Nehru Centre, London; India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai; St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; Gargi College, Delhi; Delhi College of Art; Spic Macay; Government Museum, Chennai and C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, Chennai.   

 

"IMMORTAL VISIONS"  a series of documentaries made for DOORDARSHAN, on the World Heritage Monuments of India made for television, as part of the celebration of 50 years of India’s Independence

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & DOCUMENTATION:

List of subjects photographed   

Pioneering photography of the previously-unphotographed 10th century Chola and 17th century Nayaka paintings in the narrow and dark confines of the inner ambulatory of the BRHADISVARA temple at Thanjavur, on behalf of the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts.  Also made archaeological discoveries of numerous sculptural figures while carrying out this assignment.

Pioneering photography of remote but important sites of mural painting in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Carried out first-ever photography of the mural paintings in the early monasteries of Bhutan.

Comprehensive photo-documentation of KOODIYATTAM, the ancient Sanskrit classical dance-drama and oldest performing art of India, on behalf of PARISAR, Government of India.

Detailed photo-documentation of the ancient CHAM TEMPLES and sculptures all over VIETNAM, as well as the small Cham community who still survive in that country, for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India. These monuments and culture are what is left of the Champa kingdom that ruled most of Central and South Vietnam from the 2nd to the 16th centuries.

Carried out documentation of the sites associated with the LIFE OF THE BUDDHA and the development of Buddhism, in India and other Asian countries.  An exhibition of the photographs entitled THE PATH OF COMPASSION has been held in many cities around the world.  .

Detailed documentation and study of the paintings of the BUDDHIST MONASTERIES OF LADAKH , SPITI AND KINNAUR in the Indian Himalayas.  These are a very important link between the previous Buddhist art of India and the later art to follow in other Asian countries.  This work has been presented in illustrated lectures held by the India International Centre, New Delhi; The India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; The Japan Foundation, New Delhi; The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai; The National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Hong Kong; and the Mahidol University, Thailand.


Images of selected masterpieces of Ajanta paintings have been digitally restored. This has been carried out with extreme care and intimate knowledge of the paintings. Graffiti has been removed and faded color restored. The work has been done in a minimal manner with due ethics and care.

Research and documentation of the ancient Buddhist monasteries in the State of Arunachal Pradesh and drawn up a report for their proposed conservation as an Advisor to the State Government.

Special workshops in ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY on behalf of the Government of India, for the students of premier educational institutions, including the National Institute of Design, the M.S. University Baroda, the School of Architecture and others.

CD-ROM on BUDDHIST SITES & ART HERITAGE produced for the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of India.

Prepared reports for the Departments of the Government of India on subjects related to HERITAGE CONSERVATION and presented papers at International and National Conferences on Conservation and on DIGITAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGY.


Made major breakthroughs in the photography
of important and ancient paintings which are in the dark confines of caves and temples in India and were previously not photographed with accuracy.  This has been done with the development of a technique of photographing accurately in conditions of extremely low light.  In fact, it has been noted by eminent experts world-wide that this technique has captured the colours and details much more vividly that conventional photography with the use of strong lights.

 In the words of the Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India “I have a feeling of pride on your successful achievement.  You have really conquered the darkness.”

 Dr. Sadashiv V. Gorakshkar, Director, Prince of Wales Museum of Western India,. Bombay says about these Ajanta photographs that they “reveal a lot more than met the eye.  There is no doubt that his work will compel a re-evaluation of the art and style of Ajanta paintings.”

 Dr. Milo C. Beach, Director, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery & Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA states “You have provided the most thorough and the best documentation of Ajanta that I have ever seen, and I hope it will inspire new study of the wall-paintings at the site.”  

 

  • DATE OF BIRTH : 10th September, 1956.
  • ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS : Indian School Certificate Examination, 1972. Mount St. Mary's School. Delhi Cantt.
  • B.A. (Honours in English), 1976, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.
  • Diploma, Integrated Course in Cinema, The Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, 1981.
  • Senior Fellow of the Department of Culture, Government of India (1994-97).
  • Member Advisory Board, National Academy of Art (Lalit Kala Akademi, 1997-99).
  • Member of National Committee on Eco-Tourism and Mountains, Government of India.
  • Consultant to Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for the successful UNESCO World Heritage Listing of the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya.
  • Member, Heritage Committee, Government of Andhra Pradesh.



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