Amarjit Chandan

Works displayed at Uddari Art Exhibition:
Photographs
52 Photos in People Punjab: Portraits
7 Photos in Windows, Doors and Dwellings
3 Photos in Haunting Faces, Amarjit Chandan Collection
7 Photos in Habib Jalib Photo Profile
Amarjit Chandan: Profile

Known for his poetry and activism, Amarjit Chandan brings to light a life-long body of work in photography; perhaps a tribute to his father Gopal Singh Chandan who was a professional photographer.

Looking through Amarjit’s portraits, it seems as if he has photographed each face in a moment of ‘revealing’ of the person. Peering through the eyes of over fifty people, mainly men, Chandan displays a stubborn resolve to let his ‘subjects’ express at least part of their souls in their portraits. As Chandan becomes adept at it, his subjects become more and more willing to be ‘expressed’ by him. He provides no props, gimmicks or teck-flicks to create the environment; it is just ‘you and me’, so to speak.

It is an impressive portfolio with Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna, Revolutionary. 1967; Habib Jalib, Poet. 1988; Pritam Singh, Publisher. 1993; Navtej Bharti, Writer. 1991; Balwant Gargi, Dramatist. 1992; and, Madan Gopal Singh, Singer. 2000 to mention only the first few posted here.

Chandan prefers black and white in his portraits to increase the inherent impact of each personality since he inspires the more contemplative, at times brooding, aspects in people. It is a solumn spectacle till we find the smiling, even laughing, faces of the few women in the collection. Tahira Mazhar Ali, Activist. 1999; Mano. Nakodar 1973; Kewal Kaur, Activist. 1974; and, Veronica Dewan, Writer. 1994, and a couple others; None pay much heed to the contemplative message. I have to say that the woman-presence enlivens this amazing collection of Punjabi writers, publishers, artists and activists; and, some of our very dear friends.

This may be the largest online photo collection of contemporary Punjabi art and literary community, and that in itself is a matter of pride; but to me its real value resides in the fact that it represents our diversity. People living and working in East and West Punjab, and overseas; writing in Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi; (some) women and (a lot of) men; and, people boasting all kinds of creative expressions. In addition, this is a rare chance where we can also see some of our activists and revolutionaries.

Uddari Art is indeed proud to host all the people in Chandan’s portrait collection who have contributed to our development and have enriched our lives with their creations.

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Vijay Ozo by Amarjit Chandan

Vijay Ozo
Photographer
Chandigarh
September 2007

Photo by Amarjit Chandan

More by Amarjit Chandan at Uddari Art:
52 Photos in People Punjab: Portraits
7 Photos in Windows, Doors and Dwellings
3 Photos in Haunting Faces, Amarjit Chandan Collection
7 Photos in Habib Jalib Photo Profile
Amarjit Chandan: Profile

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Amarjit Chandan
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Diwan Manna

Works displayed at Uddari Art: 13 Photos
In Modern Art By Punjabis
Review of Diwan Manna’s Work

EXHIBITIONS OF PHOTOPRINTS (INDIVIDUAL)
Over 20

EXHIBITIONS (GROUP)
About 20

AWARDS
National Academy Award in Photography, Central Lalit Kala Academy (National Fine Arts Academy), New Delhi, India 1996
All India Photography Award, AIFACS, New Delhi, 1996
All India Photography Award, AIFACS, New Delhi, 1995
All India Photography Award, North Zone Cultural Center, India 1991
All India Exhibition of Photo prints & Graphics, State Department of Language, Art & Culture, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, India 1984

HONOURS
Photo Artist of the Year Honor, on the occasion of 19 th Biennial Convention of Federation of Indian Photography (FIP), 1998
State Lalit Kala Academy, Punjab, India 1996

COMMISSIONS
Photographic documentation of rare folk music instruments and their players in Punjab for a coffee-table book and a traveling exhibition, 1998-99
Chief Photographer for Apna Utsav for NZCC at Mumbai (Bombay), 1990
Photographic documentation of Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan (117 year old Classical Music Festival) at Jalandhar, 1990-92
Photographic documentation of folk theatre forms of North India, 1989-92
Photographic documentation of folk music forms and musical instruments of North India, 1989-92
Photographic documentation of Indian classical music and dance concerts for NZCC, 1989-91
Photographic documentation of life, handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, food and architecture in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for NZCC, 1986-91
Chief Photographer for Apna Utsav (an all-India cultural extravaganza having approximately 5,000 artists as participants) for NZCC at New Delhi, 1986

CURRENT INVOLVEMENTS
An ongoing project on Photographic Interpretation of Life in Western and European counties, such as France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Poland and U.S.A.
A series of photographs reconstructing images of various facets of death and highlighting ritualistic content in Oriental philosophical tradition
A visual interpretation of frenzy in traditional music forms such as Jagrata, Sufi singing, etc
A series of conceptual self-portraits
Working on a coffee table book on Kerala
Working on an exhibition on Indonesia (work done during travels in 2001 and 2002)
www.diwanmanna.com

Diwan Manna
Photographer
London 2007

Photo by Amarjit Chandan

More by Amarjit Chandan at Uddari Art:
52 Photos in People Punjab: Portraits
7 Photos in Windows, Doors and Dwellings
3 Photos in Haunting Faces, Amarjit Chandan Collection
7 Photos in Habib Jalib Photo Profile
Amarjit Chandan: Profile

Photography

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Prem Singh


Photo by Amarjit Chandan

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Taj Art Gallery, Bombay 1974, 79, 81,83,87,89
Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi 1979, 82, 84
Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh 1982, 94, 2001
Academy of Fine Arts Calcutta 1985
Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, 1985
Silpi Chakra, New Delhi, 1989
Gallery Aurobindo, New Delhi 1989
LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi 1992, 95
Art Space, Citibank Gold, Chandigarh 2004
Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 2005

Awards
Triennale India International Award 1994
The Saatchi Gallery London Your Studio Award 2007

Member
Jury, 42nd National Exhibition of Art, LKA, New Delhi 2001
Commissioner, Eleventh Triennale India 2005, LKA, New Delhi 2003
Commissioner/Curator, Art India, Sri Lanka 2006

Collections
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
State Museum Madras,Tamil Nadu
Government Museum, Chandigarh,
Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh,
Fine Arts Museum, Punjab, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab
College of Art, New Delhi,
All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi,
Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
ITM Universe, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh
Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Garhi, New Delhi
Punjab Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh
Punjab Heritage Society, Jalandhar, Punjab
and many more in public and private collections in India and abroad

Works displayed at Uddari Art Exhibition:
Paintings
New Known to No One
Spring and its Changeable Moods
Flowering of a Song
Whispering Trees

Photos
Windoes, Doors and Dwellings
Punjab Landscape

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Contemporary Art

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