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Life of Banaras – Colors of life of the ancient city in monochrome
September 5, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+5.5
YPS Meet Live | S2 E16 | Sept 05, Sun | 5:30 PM | Online
‘The Life of Banaras’ – Manish Khattry says “It’s a humble attempt to capture and present the colors of life in monochrome. The more I wish to describe the mystics of Banaras, the more I fall short of words. Then you know how most of your deepest experiences go unexpressed. Being a Photographer is a Blessing. It has given me a Tool to use to make people see the unseen. Each of my Pictures on Banaras and its vibrant life is a Story, a Narrative.
The Daily Life of Banaras is Unique in itself. The human activities seen here are typical of this place. All these provide immense subject for a photographer and has become a reason for an inflow of a huge number of photographers to come here and shoot. Banaras is one of the most picturized cities of the World.
I have been clicking Banaras for the last 3 decades and till date, it is almost a weekly ritual to move around with my Camera capturing with all the passion the various aspects of this fast changing city. When some people ask me what is it that I find so interesting in the lanes, the Ghats, the Ganges, Fairs and festivals, and the pandemic period also that I keep taking so many pictures (over 10 lakhs till date).
To this I tell them that it is a Love affair between me and Banaras that doesn’t cease. Instead it is growing deeper with each passing day and every day I look at my city, I find it to be as new as ever.”
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About The Speaker
Mr Manish Khattry
It was on the 8th of February,1973 that an artist-soul joined us all. Manish Khattry has been contributing to society from the age of 16 when his cartoons found a regular place in a leading daily newspaper. Since then, it has been a journey, where he has devoted himself completely to the creative world comprising art, literature, music, and culture. Having Introduced computers as a recognized medium of art for the first time in India in 1994, he trained around 3000 students and got their works of Computer Painting exhibited in various art galleries including Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.
Photography captured his interest for a reason: his desire to know and then show the beauty in the antiquity of Banaras to the World. The rich culture and heritage of this City has attracted him and inspired to click it for a decade. Today, he has a collection of more than 10 lakh pictures of Varanasi portraying its various facets of architecture, daily life, fairs and festivals, food and craft, etc. The thought behind is also to preserve the ‘real’ contemporary Banaras through his lens and prints in this very fast-changing world. His pictures of this city, primarily, have gained him the honor of being one of the top-ranked Street Photographers of the World.
Now on a serious mission of compiling and publishing these pictures, they are a storyteller in their own way. In this series, ‘Varanasi – The Luminous City (2007)’, ‘My World Through My Lens (2014)’ have already seen the light of the day and recently ‘The Book of Banaras (2015 & 2017)’ got unveiled by honourable Governor of Uttar Pradesh, India Shri Ram Naik and ‘The Life of Banaras :: Volume 1 – Black and White (2017)’ ‘Bhaj Vishwanatham – The first coffee table book of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Hindi – 2017), ‘The Life of Banaras :: Volume 2 – Color (2018)’, ‘Sanskrit Bhagirathi (2018)’, ‘Mysterious Banaras (2019)’, ‘Kashi – Older than History by Times Group (2019)’, ‘Magh Mela Prayagraj (2019)’, ‘Bhaj Vishwanatham – Pictorial story of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (English – 2019), ‘Banaras – Sacred Thread of Eternal Peace (2019)’, ‘Chaurasi Ghat – Banaras ke thath by Jagran Group (2020)’, ‘Banaras – City Eternal (2020)’, ‘Kashi – Fairs and Festivals / Lakkha Mela (2020)’ and ‘Kashi Rahasya – Vol 01 of 08 (2021).
He also promotes Banaras through his photographs and books all over the world. Recently he presented his black and white works as an exhibition of photographs titled ‘Life of Banaras’ at Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, Mauritius; organised by High Commission of India, Mauritius. He has been invited to present such shows in other countries also.
A Gold Medallist in Master of Fine Arts from the Banaras Hindu University, he served the Department of Applied Arts, BHU as a visiting faculty. As a part of a campaign ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ of the Prime Minister of India, his name features as a contributor for photography in Guinness Book of World Records.
-YPS Executive Committee