21st to 30th OCTOBER 2016
Fantasy is something we have all loved, no matter the age. It is the feeling of being transported to another realm. So, when you walk down the path laid out before you, it is almost like walking down the yellow brick road. On this journey you see all these images, which lend to the fantasy of being on the way to the Emrald city, which is what the Himalayas are. That is the place of magic, of surreal beauty. And when you see the first rays of the sun bathe the snow-capped peaks, it's almost like the wizard has granted your wish.
That is the land that the artist has created for us through his images. As you are drawn deeper into the images you notice that the artist himself was just watching, through the viewfinder; learning with every beat. Whether it was the rhythm of his heart or the song in his head. As he shares these with us, he is making us feel and think as if we were there, next to him, watching and learning.
And you realise, this is a journey that in itself ha transcended time and space itself. It has taken so many years, so many expeditions, so many hours of waiting: for the perfect light, for the perfect moment.
He has brought moments that have been with him for so long. He has created a world which was built on curiosity, but has transformed over time into a shrine almost. It is a world that the artist has opened up, brought you to the gates and let you be.
The artist has travelled through so many places, from Arunachal Pradesh and Shillong to Leh, Ladakh, Zanskar and Sikkim in trying to create this fantasy world.
The artist believes that the mountains bring him a sense of peace and solidarity that the city in a way sucks out of you. With all the pollution, corruption and all the other ills that bother us on a day to day basis, we are mere drones pandering to the calls of the material world, struggling each day to be able to survive the next. This journey that the artist takes us through is a relieving experience because we know that there is a brighter, better world out there. Where he presents these images to you, you know it is an offering, not to you, but to the world that he left behind. It draws out this deep sense of respect for life, for light, and love of a different kind.
That is what this journey is about, reverence. Reverence for what is unfathomable, yet inspiring.
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