Photos: Sudhir Kasliwal
Text: Moutain Echoes
Between 25-28 August, Bhutan will celebrate the seventh edition of Mountain Echoes Literature Festival. This diverse three-day festival is uniquely set against the backdrop of the verdant Himalayas, in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. An initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation in association with Siyahi, Mountain Echoes is a confluence of art, music, literature and new media of both countries, serving as the ideal platform for debate, discussion, and cultural exchange. Its idyllic location and programme of events makes it one of the most unique literary festivals and a leading event in the international literary calendar.
Part of the extended programme, the exhibition, An ode to Rajasthan, showcases photographs (featured here) of a vibrant, living Rajasthan from 1976-2016, by Sudhir Kasliwal and curated by Pramod K.G. Kasliwal has been documenting his people, their living traditions and their land with an inimitable gaze. His oeuvre of black-white photographs transports the viewer far beyond the grandeur of palaces or the mystery of sand dunes commonly associated with Rajasthan.