While he may have been in the spotlight during the Namdhari succession row,spiritual guru Thakur Dilip Singh has made a mark behind the lens as well. A passion for photography has earned the nephew of the former Namdhari head,late Satguru Jagjit Singh,around 150 national and international awards.
Attempting to showcase his work,Thakur Dilip Singh has organised a photo exhibition at the Randhawa Art Gallery in Ludhiana,which was open to the public on Wednesday. The spiritual guru says that apart from religious discourses,he spends ample time to pursue his hobby – photography.
On Wednesday,he preferred to play down the succession row and chose to speak on his work. While his brother Uday Singh is the new Namdhari head after Satguru Jagjit Singhs death,many devotees had wanted Thakur Dilip Singh to take over. That is our family matter and this exhibition has nothing to do with it. In this exhibition I have depicted the Gurbani with nature. The combination inspires us to achieve spiritual goals and make us competent to meet the challenges due to imbalances created in the environment, Dilip Singh said.
This,however,is not his first exhibition as his works had been displayed at Anandpur Sahib,Delhi and Dehradun. His ardent love for nature is reflected in the myriad frames. The spiritual guru says he was introduced to photography at a very early age with even Satguru Jagjit Singh helping him out. My complete involvement in photography began in 1977, he adds.
He has also released host coffee-table books chronicling his travails across the country. Some of them include Bharatpur bird paradise,Jungle Life of India,Birds of India,and Handbook of Birds of India and Nepal. Thakur Dilip says his pictures have graced the covers of British photography journals and many other publications. The exhibition is open till April 14.