"Elephant - the divine mystery" an exhibition of photographs by Rajesh Bedi at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 2nd to 10th September 2015

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2nd September : 7:30 pm Add to Calendar 02/09/2015 19:30 02/09/2015 21:00 Asia/Kolkata Opening of "Elephant - the divine mystery" an exhibition of photographs by Rajesh Bedi Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2015/08/elephant-divine-mystery-exhibition-of.html Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 DD/MM/YYYY - Inauguration by Shri Prakash Javadekar (Honorable minister environment, forest & climate changes) 

Entry : Free

Venue : Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
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Event Description : "Elephant - the divine mystery" an exhibition of photographs by Rajesh Bedi. 

Rajesh Bedi spent his early days exploring the forests near his childhood home in Haridwar with his father, the gifted naturalist Dr Ramesh Bedi. During these formative years he developed a fascination for the shy giants of these Himalayan foothill forests. Over the last century he has spent countless days in jungles right across India, enabling him to capture rare moments in the lives of elephants.

With the advent of digital photography, it has become easier to take great pictures of wildlife. But no technical advance can substitute for knowledge gained through long experience of tracking wild animals on foot and spending days closely observing their natural behaviour. It is the mind behind the camera that makes Rajesh’s work stand out. The instincts of an artist coupled with a soul at one with nature. Around forty stunning enlargements have been made for this exhibition from his vast collection of images. Many more are soon to appear in a large format book, which will also include tales of his adventures in search of that perfect elephant photograph.

We cannot know the mind of an elephant, but these intelligent, expressive creatures share much with us. Intensely social animals, they have large brains, famously long memories and they appear to express a wide range of emotions - Says Bedi.

Countless hot hours spent in the field has enabled Rajesh to capture those rare and fleeting moments, often in the magical light of dawn and dusk, when interesting behavior and harmonious composition come together to create a captivating image that reveals so much more than a mere portrait.

Inspired by his encounters in the wild, Rajesh commissioned a team of stone carvers from Odisha to sculpt several stone panels, using his own photographs of elephants for reference; they now decorate his home. It took a year for a dozen sculptors to carve their masterpiece out of a single block of Dholpur stone: a two metre high Ganesha.

India without wild elephants is Unthinkable, and yet fewer than thirty thousand remain in India’s forests today. The relentless expansion of agriculture and industry is closing in on the last fragments of natural forest and grassland. Straying outside these enclaves, as they often do; elephants inevitably come into violent conflict with man. 

About Rajesh Bedi : Rajesh Bedi began his photographic career in the 1960s, a time when the Indian wilderness was in a poor state, having been ravaged by generations of shikaris, poachers, land developers and pot-hunters. This was a time when wildlife was extremely shy and reclusive, for to be discovered by man usually meant a blast of hot lead. Neither bird nor beast had the confidence of today’s tourist-zone animals, which have learnt to tolerate the jeeps and the people they carry, with their clicking cameras and excited chatter. There were few motorable tracks and little of the tourist infrastructure that has made our most popular parks so accessible to today’s wildlife enthusiasts.

It was during these days that Rajesh Bedi walked the wilderness in search of his award winning photographs. Images that have introduced millions to the private lives of India’s magnificent wildlife and have done much to further their conservation. His encounters with nature resulted in two visually stunning books, ‘Indian Wildlife’ and the much acclaimed ‘India’s Wild Wonders’.

Acknowledged as one of the leading photographers of Indian wildlife, Rajesh has had many of his remarkable images published in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic, Life, Geo, Bunte and Stern. The winner of several National and International awards for nature photography, he was the first Asian to win Wildlife Photographer of the year, in an international competition held in Britain in 1986. He was awarded ‘The Lifetime Photography Award’ by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in 2014.

Rajesh has also published a number of books reflecting his interests in human cultures, such as ‘Banaras: City of Shiva’ and portraits of the remote Himalayan regions of Ladakh and Sikkim. The recently published ‘Sadhus – The Seekers of Salvation’ and ‘Rajasthan - Under the Desert Sky’ have been much applauded. He has also held solo exhibitions of his work on the mysterious world of the Sadhus and on Rajasthan, both of which were widely acclaimed. 

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"Elephant - the divine mystery" an exhibition of photographs by Rajesh Bedi at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 2nd to 10th September 2015 "Elephant - the divine mystery" an exhibition of photographs by Rajesh Bedi at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 2nd to 10th September 2015 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Thursday, September 10, 2015 Rating: 5

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