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August 24, 2016

Sudhir Kasliwal’s Monochromatic Ode to Rajasthan

Text by Huzan Tata

Lensman Sudhir Kasliwal treats us to his black-and-white frames of Rajasthan

(Click on any image to view in larger gallery.)

Think of the largest of our states, and you picture either magnificent palaces or sandy roads. But there’s much more in between the royal monuments and sprawling dunes. Photographer and art collector Sudhir Kasliwal, whose family owns the heritage jewellery store, The Gem Palace in Jaipur, presents an exhibition titled An Ode to Rajasthan — Images 1979-2016, curated by Pramod Kumar K. G.

Part of the annual literary festival Mountain Echoes in the kingdom of Bhutan, the collection of photos pays tribute to the people and varied traditions of the desert region. The fest, an initiative of the India­ Bhutan Foundation in association with literary consultancy Siyahi, celebrates art, music, literature and new media on a single platform.

Kasliwal provides viewers with a glimpse into life in Rajasthan, from people lost in prayer at the Ajmer dargah to grand Teej celebrations in Jaipur. Documenting locales and communities that are rarely photographed and shot in stark black-and-white as opposed to full colour, these previously unpublished images are a window to the vibrant culture of the state as seen by one of its own.

Mountain Echoes 2016 will take place in Thimphu, Bhutan from August 25-28, 2016.
An Ode to Rajasthan — Images 1979-2016 will be on display throughout the duration of the festival.

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