Bulgaria’s government art gallery invites photo artist Nishith Shah for a solo exhibition on pan-India theme from July 5 to 13
Photo artist NishithShah has encapsulated India – its picturesque wildlife, unexplored places, its villages, deserts, weddings, customs and costumes in his photographs. This intensive and extensive pan-Indian representation in 65 quintessential images has got him an invitation by Bulgarian art authorities to hold a show at Iliya Beshkov Gallery in Pleven, Bulgaria. It is a government gallery named after a famous painter in Bulgaria.
The exhibition will be held there from July 5 to 13. The exhibition is sponsored by Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy. Bulgarian art authorities annually host international art exhibitions of artists from across the world. This year they were looking to host an exhibition on pan-Indian theme.
Radoslava Mitova, noted travel writer from Bulgaria who had seen Shah’s work, recommended him to Bulgarian art authorities.
They found that Shah’s photography connected India’s diversified culture, languages and people into a unified series of images for a solo theme exhibition – Indian Kaleidoscope.
Nishith Shah said, “For Indian Kaleidoscope – within 65 stills, I have presented a collage of photos on Kutch, Nal Sarovar, Adalaj, Rani Ki Vav from Gujarat, Pushkar (Rajasthan), Shimla (HP), Bundi (Rajasthan), Coorg (Karnataka), Kochi (Kerala) and other spots in the country. I have also focused on hues of wildlife particularly on Gir lions, peacock and tigers.”
Indian Kaleidoscope is a journey of India and its beauty, people, customs, costumes and its monuments and wildlife. “The exhibition puts on display what constitutes India; be it the brightness of traditional clothes to the coyness of a young village girl. It shows the rituals and traditions followed in villages and richness of historic places. I feel honoured as I am the only Indian artist entrusted with the task of representing what is India and Indianness to people of Bulgaria,” Shah said.
The story appeared in Ahmedabad Mirror on page 10 on June 27, 2013