Amdavadi artist to exhibit photographs in Bulgaria

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


A few entrepreneurs and businessmen from the city whose passion for bikes matches their love for tattoos and combined, their fervour helped them become what they are Bikers and tattoos go together. Considered a mark of toughness and rebellion by some, it is difficult to point out which is the inspiration for the other.

Bikers love the ride for the freedom their powerful motorcycles provide them with and the promising allure of liberation. Tattoos give bikers a medium to express themselves and their lifestyles. On the eve of World Ride Day, which is observed on June 23 and 24, Mirror spoke to a few entrepreneurs and businessmen from the city whose passion for bikes matches their passion for tattoos and combined, their passions have helped them become what they are. Bikers from around the state will come together on June 23-24 to celebrate World Ride Day. About 60 bikers from will ride to Lothal, while 30 will travel to Kanha National Park. Continue reading “BIKERS’ INK”

Secret to success

Taking a cue from ‘Dhandha’, PRIYA ADHYARU-MAJITHIA presents success stories of five Gujarati entrepreneurs from across the globe


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Today, she has evolved into the largest property developer in Brisbane while Hemant, who also studied at CEPT, handles a highprofile job with the government. “I worked as a junior architect for 10 years. After my babies arrived, I wanted to work from home,” she said. Continue reading “Secret to success”

Delivery Dads

On Father’s Day, Priya Adhyaru-Majithia features men who accompanied their partners into the labour room to support them and experience the beginning of the journey called fatherhood

DEEPAK VERMA, 31, Filmmaker CHILD: Noor BIRTH: June 4, 2013 TIME: 11.15 am

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At each stage of Neha’s growing belly, Deepak made sketches of their baby in various positions on her tummy. Continue reading “Delivery Dads”

Making papa Proud

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Mirror spoke to a few successful Amdavadis, who pay tribute to their fathers who not only helped them to buck the trend and follow their dreams, but also supported them without recrimination. Continue reading “Making papa Proud”


Summer holidays may mean globe-trotting tours for many. Priya Adhyaru-Majithia talks to those who prefer to do it ‘hatke se’ by going on field trips, learning Sanskrit and doing social work

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» Tej, 8, and Rishi, 6 – children of secondgeneration Indian-American Pritesh Vyas, an IT professional from Philadelphia — recite Asatyo mahi thee prabhu param satye tu lai ja every morning
» Anokhi Patel, 17, a pre-medicine student teaches Gujarati language to students at community temple during weekends in Baltimore

Tej, Rishi and Anokhi represent a group of children of second-generation Indian Americans who take pride in their Gujaratiness and love their mother tongue. At a time when language crusaders are struggling to preserve the legacy of Gujarati on the home turf, these NRG children narrate Be biladi ane ek vandro, Tarsyo kagdo, Khati draksh from the Panchatantra and Hitopadesh to other kids from their community. Continue reading “ALL FOR LOVE OF GUJARATI”


The Sunday Read
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Of the 22 students who are pursuing various courses in direction, cinematography, scriptwriting, editing, production design and production management at the institute, 11 have already bagged professional roles and projects in films and television serials. Continue reading “PLAYING A STARRING ROLE”

Mom’s stories I grew up with…

Famous personalities of the city reveal their favourite childhood tale to Priya Adhyaru-Majithia from the range of wonderful stories their mothers wove for them and how it went on to strengthen the mother-child bond

Story without stops : ELA BHATT AND MIHIR BHATT

EMINENT SOCIAL worker Ela Bhatt’s stories for her children did not have an end. Bhatt’s son Mihir recalls, “My favourite tale that mom told me is of epic nature. That story had tales within tales without any full stops! The tale she started to tell us on our dinner table, when I was three, continues to amuse my second son of 11 years till today!” Bhatt’s favourite childhood story included street vendors of Manek Chowk who made an honest living to a global leader in Africa who showed his innermost anxieties at the increasing violence against humanity. Continue reading “Mom’s stories I grew up with…”

Walk through the Walled City

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How did the walled city look like while it was under curfew? The word curfew conjures up images of fear, dark nights, eerie silence, chaos and anxious minds of the older generation. The present generation, on the other hand, only has a few questions to ask. Pol Ni Khadki E Thee captures “moments from different time zones during which the walled city of Amdavad was under curfew”.

The book focuses on experiences from pre-independence to post independence days until 2002, the year when the city saw the barbaric riots. While city dwellers have forgotten the fear and chaos following the curfew, the book brings you experiences and memories of the walled city with first hand narratives of pol residents. Continue reading “Walk through the Walled City”