Beyond the desert: Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

Noted photographer Sudhir Kasliwal's photos on Rajasthan are being displayed at Bikaner House in New Dealhi, as part of an exhibition titled 'Wander Lens'

FP Staff April 16, 2016 10:52:43 IST
Beyond the desert: Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

Noted photographer Sudhir Kasliwal's photos on Rajasthan are being displayed at Bikaner House in New Delhi, as part of an exhibition titled 'Wander Lens', organised in conjunction with the Sanskriti Foundation. The suite of photographs were shot by Kasliwal, a winner of the World Photography Contest UNESCO in the mid-90s — over a period of several years, and are an attempt to show the state beyond the popular desert imagery associated with it.

Beyond the desert Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

Amer, 1979. Image by Sudhir Kasliwal

Sixty-five photographs help the photographer in his endeavour. These are images that celebrate the light of Rajasthan and the visual elements. There are a few everyday life studies as well. Kasliwal photos show his willingness to traverse unfamiliar routes.

Beyond the desert Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

Basking in the sun, 1988. Image by Sudhir Kasliwal

Kasliwal reportedly travelled to the heart of Rajasthan, recording the life and journeys of nomads, traced trade routes and captured the brilliant architecture of the region.

Beyond the desert Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

Jaipur, Muharram, 1983. Image by Sudhir Kasliwal

Crimson veiled odhinis, sunburned skins, women washing at a water pond with water-pots or smoking, magnificent forts and temples are motifs in the visual culture that have been captured by Kasliwal.

Beyond the desert Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

Kesariya (1980), Pushkar (1984). Image by Sudhir Kasliwal

The stunning, limitless landscape, as well as the ingenuity of humans attempting to survive there are all captured in Kasliwal's photos.

Beyond the desert Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

Sun splash, Pushkar, 1979. Image by Sudhir Kasliwal

The photos in the exhibition have been reproduced from Kasliwal's oeuvre which has encompassed everything from glass negatives, large formats, 35 mm's, transparencies, digital photographs.

Beyond the desert Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

The Stare, 1999. Image by Sudhir Kasliwal

Art historian Aman Nath has said of Sudhir Kasliwal's photos of Rajasthan: "One walks away from his art carrying the seductive innocence of faces, faces, faces: faces loved and left behind, faces that bring us back to his beloved Rajasthan, its landscape and its walls with the patina of history.”

Beyond the desert Rajasthan through the photos of Sudhir Kasliwal

Sudhir Kasliwal

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