Jaipur · World Photography day

Journey of Jaipur’s Famous Photographers – From Old-School to Digital Era

Do you remember playing darkroom as a child ? Yes we are talking about the game you would play with friends or cousins where you would shut all the lights of a room and try to find and recognize each other. Let us tell you all that this term was not just a play thing but the life of a photographer during 19th century when there were no ‘Point and Shoot’ cameras and definitely no SLRs and DSLRs. This is not it. There have been a lot of terms, struggles, hard times and victories faced and experienced by the photographers who followed their passion at a time when it wasn’t a cakewalk as there was no digital technology and mobile phones were not even invented, leave alone having cameras. Among these respected old-school photographers, Jaipur Beat picked up four ace photographers from Jaipur, who haven’t just been the heroes of their time, but the ones who never rested on their past laurels but walked this tough & competitive path to shine through the journey and still stayed ahead of many who jumped on the bandwagon much later. On World Photography Day, let’s know their nostalgic journey and what they think about the passion cum fashion called photography that prevails in this digital era 🙂

  1. Sudhir Kasliwal – The Richie Rich with an Undying Passion
    The head of Jaipur’s leading jewellery house – Gem Palace, Sudhir Kasliwal refused to let go of his penchant for photography despite being in a family business. He identified his passion at a tender age of 12 and went on to capture Rajasthan’s spellbinding life, landscapes and heritage at a time when availability of photography material & cameras was scarce and difficult. It was a time when having photography as a passion came at a cost but what is a passion that doesn’t go through the test of fire ? Due to high costs of printing and developing, Sudhir Ji set up his own darkroom at home to develop and print his photographs.
    “Earlier photographers were more disciplined . Today, with the ease of cameras and particularly phone cameras, everyone is a photographer but there is always a photograph and there is good photograph with aesthetic sense and spirit.”
    ~ Sudhir KasliwalThe man who started with a Kodak box camera, the one with 12-Exposure roll, went on to click Rajasthan like no one else has till date. With a heart full of passion and eyes beaming with art, he captured the beauty of his home town in black and white colors with his first box camera, that stays like a memoir in the chapters of Rajasthan.
    Panch Batti clicked through his first box cameraOne of his first SLR clicks included the City palace in 1980s while the first celebrity to be clicked by his Nikon 35 mm SLR camera was Rajmata Gayatri Devi in 1985. He became a sensation and won accolades for his 255 rare clicks of Rajmata exhibited at Jaipur Jewellery Show later in 2009.
    Quoting the famous quote of Ansel Adams-” You do not take a photograph but make it”, Sudhir Ji went on to say that earlier photographers were more disciplined but today’s photographers just take pictures and leave everything else to post-editing. There are exceptions, but this is where the majority lies today.

    His Message to the present & future photographers-
    “Keep clicking but good photographs are not made by good/ expensive cameras. Good photographs come out of your head. It is a way how you perceive and view your subject. So, think and plan before releasing the shutter of your camera. Like painting, photography is also an art. Merely clicking recklessly with your  modern motor driven digital cameras will not make you a photographer!”

    2. Tikam Chand – The Preserver of Old Charm 

    Found on the busy colorful streets of walled city of Jaipur, is a man who is proudly preserving three eras of photography with his 1860 Carl Zeiss camera  – Tikam Chand. A box camera model that was gifted to his grandfather Pahari lal by the then Maharaja of Jaipur, was passed to him as a legacy in 1977, and he hasn’t looked back since then. From passport size pictures to candid clicks, from school kids to Government officers, all used to flock to him to get the instant black and white pictures clicked by him.

    Though the era of box cameras ended when colored printing & filming came into existence but his box camera still stands strong and unique among these colored cameras. The box camera doesn’t require any roll and has fixer and developer that print pictures immediately with the beautiful backdrop of Hawamahal !

    Renowned stars of Indian film fraternity like Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Shatrugan Sinha and the famous stand-up comedian Surendra sharma have gotten their pictures clicked by him, but unfortunately, he could not keep their negatives 🙂

    “The difference between photographers now and photographers then is that today’s crowd doesn’t understand the true significance or meaning of the art of photography, they take it casually. They think having a digital camera means being a professional”.

    3. Dinesh Bhargava – The One to turn Passion into Profession

    Owner of Mayur Studio, one of the most famous photo studios in town, with an unmatched quality when it comes to the segment of wedding photography, Dinesh Bhargava had a word with Jaipur Beat about his journey so long. Owning the 19th century Nikon f2, the second member of the long line of Nikon F-series professional level, Dinesh possesses a collection of cameras from Germany, Russia, and Japan which only few can dream of. He bought his first camera in 1971 which was a YASHICA MAT 124. Having stepped in the professional world of photography at a young age of 18, Dinesh has only come miles ahead of many. With a two-floor studio of his own and highly valued & updated equipment imported from all over the world and cameras with a fabulous mechanical structure, Mayur studio & color lab has been tasting success for 35 years now.

    Famous personalities hailing from Jaipur viz. Sanjay shah, Juhi Parmar, Smita Bansal, Delnaaz and Bakhtiyar have gotten their photo shoots done at his studio. His photographs have played a crucial role in the careers of these celebs especially Juhi Parmar and Smita Bansal who gained instant popularity after this photo shoot.

    Message on photography day

    “It’s a mixture of education and art. I request people to take it seriously. If one wants pursue the work, then he/she has to have an eye for it.  I request new photographers to avoid the current trend and not engage in any sort of malpractice. You’re the one who is getting fooled in real life”.

    4. Umesh Gogna – A Photographer On The Run

    A paragon of the kind of photography which right now is a rage among the youth – Umesh Gogna knew at the age of 26 that he wanted to club his two passions into one – Travel & Photography. Having started to click in 1997, Umesh took his first leap into the mountains in 1999 with his camera and knew that this was just the beginning.

    With no Google, no good education about photography and no mentor to guide, Umesh is a self-made man who started off with Pentax P30 as his first camera. That was the time when films and prints were an expensive deal, there was no instant preview at location and the only motivation was the excitement till he waited for the film to get developed and see the results. He could only carry a maximum of 10 to 12 film rolls on a tour which meant a maximum of 400 frames for complete tour while nowadays even 4000 frames are not enough.

    With less information about remote places, less transportation, less accommodation and low road network, practicing photography wasn’t as easy as it seems today. “The major difference in his opinion is that at that time we thought about visual first and then decide the time for shoot and had to be doubly sure about technical aspects because we had very few frames.” Today anybody can buy a good DSLR camera and just shoot and preview.

    Message on World Photography Day
    “Capture like an artist or professional and not like a layman. Fall in love with visual and not with the equipment”

    Happy World Photography Day !

Events in Jaipur · Jaipur

6 Events You Must Not Miss In August!

We have reached the middle of the month, when Prasoon Joshi just got on board with the Censorship and we hope he doesn’t cut our events short. Jokes apart, August has events in store for everybody whether it is for the creative people out there or lifestyle enthusiasts. Jaipur Beat has sorted a list of what all events you may attend in the remaining days of August. Let’s have a quick glance at what the entire city brings in the upcoming days.

  1. Wildlife Photography and Film-making Safari at Jhalana- 11th– 31st August

For all the photography enthusiasts, this is a must attend photography and film-making safari at Jhalana. First-hand experience from the Nat Geo awarded experts will take you inside Jhalana forest and teach you how to sight and shoot wildlife. It is ongoing for all 7 days of the week in two slots 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and you can book your tickets on Book My Show.

Venue- Jhalana Safari Park


  1. Fashionista- 18th-20th August

All the fashion enthusiasts in town,  get ready to attend this 3 day exhibition which showcases apparel, cosmetics and beauty products, gems and jewellery, home décor, etc. If you want to be up to date with the ongoing fashion trends and looking forward to deck up your interior, this one should not be missed!

Venue- Birla Auditorium

Time – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


  1. Cocktail Tasting- 19th-20th August

Have you ever been to a cocktail tasting event in Jaipur? If not then this is the right opportunity to attend one where selected cocktails from exclusive menu will be featured along with live musical band performance to make you groove. If you are in a party mood, then just head towards this newbie in town and spend an amazing time with your friends.

Venue- Down Town- Bar & Lounge, Hotel Hampston Park, Collectorate Circle

Time- 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.


  1. World Photography Day Exhibition- 19th– 23rd August

Can this month get any better for all the photography fanatics? With World Photography Day coming up tomorrow, the second edition of this exhibition is a shout out for all of them. The exhibition is a platform to celebrate and explore ideas who have a photographic eye. Don’t miss this one for sure.

Venue- Lalit Kala Academy

Time- 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  1. FORHEX Fair- 25th-27th August

The sixth FORHEX Fair with unrivalled range of products in the dining, giving and living areas is on its way this month. Unique craftsmanship along with inspiring ideas and the latest trends is what you should look forward to this time. Don’t think, just take your friends along and we are sure you will have a memorable time here.

Venue- Birla Auditorium

Time- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


  1. Brush Calligraphy and Lettering- 26th August

As we said that this month offers events for every kind of people in town, this one is for the art lovers. Brush Calligraphy and Lettering workshop, organised by The Art Ghar, brings you the opportunity to learn the basics, play with brush pens and create beautiful lettering and no prior experience required. Try it for yourself this month.

Venue- Tea Tradition

Time- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Have fun 🙂


Jaipur Beat · World Photography day

A Heartfelt Tribute to the Queen Of Ranthambore- Machali

Ranthambore amongst all its emerald greens had a treasure hidden in its lap. This was a famous tigress called Machali. She was called Machali because of the fish like formation near her left eye. She wasn’t just the queen of the Jungle but was also a queen of many hearts. But on 18th August, 2016, she breathed her last at the age of 20.


Her graceful “cat” walk, loud roar, beautifully striped body and her perfect palm marks made a lot of people drool over her. On World Photography Day, Jaipur Beat pays tribute to the World’s most photographed tigress, Machali.

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This incredible creature was known by many names such as Queen of Ranthambore, Croc Slayer, and Lady of Lakes etc. She was beautiful and lived on her own terms. From visitors to photographers, she attracted everyone’s unflinching attention towards her. Lucky were those who were able to have a glance at her.


And now she is gone leaving everything behind, her green abode, her family and her admirers. Ranthambore of today owes everything to her.. Everything. and all we are left to say is that:


Machali you will be missed….always!!

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Memories In The Box

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Going down the memory lane
When we walked with a camera in hand
It was quite a deal to point and shoot
While the ones in the pictures would hail and hoot


From those walks to the studio
And the sweet wait thereafter
To inserting the pen drive
With an instant roar of laughter


From touching those rough and smooth edges
Saving that negative reel
To zooming in the screen
And soak in the nostalgic wheel

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From those long sealed closets
When we pull out those albums
Our hearts smile through the eyes
Pages keep turning
And all we wish
Is that they never ever end

A few years down the line
When we find ourselves stalking the timeline
Of the ones we love
And the ones we lost
On that ambiguous day
What will still thrive
Are these timeless memories
Fervent and naïve 🙂


Credit: Nupur Agarwal- Creative Writer at Jaipur Beat

Image Source: Via Google