A Photo Exhibition “Historical Images from Nepal” by Dirgha Man, Ganesh Man and Kiran Man Chitrakar was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on April 24, 2012.
Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, and Mr. K. N. Adhikari, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Nepal in India, were present at the inaugural ceremony. Kiran Man Chitrakar who along with his son Swaraj Man Chitrakar brought the photographs, is presently the Director of Nepal Television and the Chief Cameraman. The exhibition will remain open for public view till May 10, 2012 from 10. 00 a.m. to 3. 00 p.m. on weekdays.
Underlining the significance of the exhibition, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, Mr. Alexander Kadakin, said that it was unique that the works of three generations—Dirgha Man, Ganesh Man and Kiran Man Chitrakar— right from the days of the last century were on display. The photographs reflecting the historical traditional background of the Himalayan nation, above all, brought to the fore the friendship and cooperation between Nepal, Russia and India. He recalled his association with the leaders of Nepal, a country well-known for its glorious heritage, and congratulated the artist, closely known to him, for his splendid exhibition. He expressed the hope that Swaraj Man Chitrakar, son of Kiran Man Chitrakar, would keep aloft the legacy of the earlier generations.
While making his observation, Charge d’Affaires of Nepal, Mr. K. N. Adhikari, said that the trilateral confluence of friendly relations between Nepal, India and Russia would contribute to promoting understanding among the peoples. “Kiran Man Chitrakar has learnt and mastered the art of blending history with modernity, and simplicity with subtlety”, he said. He also added that the photographs on display compelled the viewers to think about the Nepal of yester-years and compare it with the Nepal of today.
Dwelling upon the photograph, Kiran Man Chitrakar pointed out that he was proud enough to present a heritage coming down through his ancestors, and added that he was carrying the legacy left by his father and grandfather forward. He hoped that his son Swaraj Man Chitrakar would follow his footsteps. His photographs testify to his long relations with Nepal’s royalty. He stated that he had with him the proud possession of the cameras used by his grandfather and the original glass plates. He is a recipient of several Medal of Honour, such as the Third SAARC Summit Medal, Relief for Natural Disaster Medal, Coronation Silver Jubilee, etc. He has covered the national and international news events and the tours of the Head of State and Head of Government, and held exhibitions in Kathmandu, New York, Geneva, London, Paris, New Delhi, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Japan, Colombo, Moscow and Dacca. The exhibition displays photographs spanning historical and traditional background of Nepal as well as those representing political and diplomatic spheres.