Photo Festival on Dalai Lama and Tibetan Civilization
held at All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi in April 2016
Photos: Vijay Kranti


Photo festival presented at All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS). The festival was on from 13th to 15th April, 2016 in all the four galleries of AIFACS based on internationally acclaimed Indian photo journalist Vijay Krantiís pictorial work of the past four decades.

A live demonstration of most exotic spiritual fine arts of Tibet was on during the festival, demonstrated by reputed Tibetan artists of- THANGKA PAINTING, SAND MANDALA PAINTING and BUTTER SCULPTURE.

"This photo-festival is an Indian photographer's artistic tribute to the success story of a peaceful and brave refugee community, its monk leader the Dalai Lama and their magnanimous hosts --- the people and Government of India", says Vijay Kranti.

This exhibition was the concluding show of Vijay's five year long photo-festival titled "BUDDHA's HOME COMING" which started in March 2011 at Barcelona in Spain. Other shows in this series included one at India International Centre, New Delhi during the "Ceremony of Bodhi Awakening" in March 2012, one at the Museum of Fine Arts of Panjab University, Chandigarh in April 2013 and the last one in Sydney, Australia in June 2014.

About 300 photo exhibits along with slide shows based on over 500 images presented an intimate photo-study of Dalai Lama, Tibetan culture and Tibetan refugee community in this photo festival.

A senior Indian journalist, an accomplished photographer and an acclaimed Tibetologist, Vijay Kranti started his professional interaction with the Tibetan community and its leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on a newspaper assignment in 1972. Since then he has been writing frequently on various aspects of Tibet and has extensively photographed the cultural and social life of the Tibetan community. His coffee table book "Dalai Lama - The Nobel Peace Laureate Speaks" which is based on photography and personal interviews with Dalai Lama, stands out as the only book of its kind in the international market. His latest comic book "Dalai Lama - The Soldier of Peace", published in English, Tibetan and Hindi has also been quite popular.

Over past four decades Vijay Kranti has evolved an impressive photo-archive on various aspects of Tibetan life. This collection is acknowledged as the largest and aesthetically rich photo-documentation of Tibetan life and culture across the globe.  Mr. Kranti has been frequently invited to many countries including Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, the USA, UK, Canada, Spain and Australia to present his photo-exhibitions and photo based talk shows on Tibet.

This photo-festival was curated by a well known fashion photographer Akshat Kranti Mahajan.