Remembering Dashrath

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Dashrath Patel first started using a camera in 1953, in Paris, upon being persuaded by the legendary Henri Cartier-Bresson to do so. Cartier-Bresson had assured Dashrath that ‘you see well’. From that point the camera became his sketch pen to record whatever he saw around him – a sort of ellipse of verbal language, in which he felt inadequate. For almost six decades, the camera remained his constant companion as he executed major national and international projects for the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. He travelled all over the country and almost saturation documented the people, manners, life-styles and habitat of the nation. Later, when digital photography arrived, he took to it like a duck to water and not only did he continue to make documentary pictures but also created a large number of strikingly abstract photo-montages. No one photographer has captured the rich diversity of this land and its people as Dashrath has done in his almost one hundred thousand photographs. The Dashrath Patel archive, which has digitised his work, now presents a selection from one aspect of his oeuvre which was dear to him – his photographs of dance and dancers. It is a small segment from a mammoth body of work, but conveys a fairly good idea of how he defied the idea of the decorative, glamorous dance image within the convention of mummifying dancers in the photograph and, instead, succeeded in creating a poetic and meditative motion in stillness.


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Navajivan Trust, B/h Gujarat Vidyapith, Ashram Road, Satya Art Gallery - 380014

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    Jyoti Vishwakarma

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