By Rajeev Sharma
New Delhi, 15 January: For the first time, some of the most well-known camerapersons of India
have come together and organized an exhibition on wildlife and
the environment. Tiger, of course, plays an important part in our week-long
show in Delhi. But we go much beyond that and have also focussed on
lots of other species as well as the environment as a whole. The exhibition,
titled `Wild India- Celebrating Wilderness’, is being held in the two
galleries of All India Fine Arts & Crafts (AIFACS) Gallery at Rafi Marg,
New Delhi, from January 17 to 23, 2020.
Leading the group of photographers whose work will be on display is
the Padma Shri awardee Anup Sah. Nobody has covered the beauty and
grandeur of the Himalayas better than Anup. He is a nationally known
figure, and his work admired all over India and beyond. Anup Sah
actually requires no introduction to the nature lovers- his photographs
have mesmerized the viewers for more than 40 years.
Internationally known and respected Akash Das is another participant
in the exhibition. He prefers to capture wildlife in black and white, and
says this “brings out the soul of my subjects.’’ Not only in India, Akash
Das is hugely popular in the International circuits too. His work is often
displayed in the galleries of Paris, London, Hamburg, and other places.
In 2013, Ernst & Young awarded him as “one of the 10 most influential
people in the photography industry.’’
Ajay Suri, one of the organisers of the exhibition, is also an
accomplished photographer, film-maker and well known journalist.
Having worked in such diverse media organisations like The Indian
Express, ABP News and NewsX, Ajay is the recipient of the prestigious
Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Environment reporting. He
got the award for his film `A Tiger’s Heart’, a rousing true story and
picturisation of two abodnoned tiger cubs which was telecast
worldlwide on the National Geographic Channel (NGC).
Speaking about the exhibition, Ajay Suri said “tiger is an apex predator
in the Indian jungle, and the key to the health of our forests. That was
way the Central Government started Project Tiger in the seventies. But
also very important are other animals, birds, the different types of
forests in India, the very environment. This exhibition is an attempt
bring all of this together, and to present a cohesive big picture of India’s
Ajay Suri said this is the first of such attempt, where various
participants- as against just one one individual- are involved. “Soon, we
will have wildlife & environment photo-exhibitions and events in other
parts of India. For this exhibition, we have associated with the
celebrities of the photography world. Later on we will involve school
and college students, the enthusiastic amateurs and all other who care
about the astonishing wildlife and environment of our country,’’ he
Other notable photographers whose work on wildlife and environment
will be displayed prominently at the exhibition include Mohd Aslam,
Umesh Aggarwal, Navim M Raheja, Nayan Raheja, Pranjal Sah and
Sharad Kumar Verma.
The exhibition at AIFACS Gallery is being held for one week- from
January 17 to 23, 2020 (from 11a.m to 7 p.m on these days). The
nearest metro station to the gallery is Central Secretariat (exit from
gate no. 1).