"THANK-YOU DALAI LAMA"
AN INDIAN PHOTOGRAPHER'S VISUAL TRIBUTE TO THE SUCCESSFUL REVIVAL OF TIBETAN CIVILIZATION BY DALAI LAMA
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.