JY­OTI BHATT

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has no for­mal train­ing in pho­tog­ra­phy, having stud­ied paint­ing and print­mak­ing (at MS Univer­sity of Bar­oda and the Pratt In­sti­tute, New York) in­stead. He credits his knowl­edge in the field to his friends—Raghu Rai, Raghu­bir Singh and the late Kishor Parekh—and to his gu­rus, Prof Sankho Chaud­huri and Prof K G Subra­manyan. It was a sem­i­nar on In­dian folk arts, or­gan­ised by Bharatiya Vidya Bha­van in 1967, that in­spired Bhatt to doc­u­ment the folk and tribal cul­ture of ru­ral In­dia. Over the next 40 years, he pho­tographed the unique world that he en­coun­tered in the depths of Gujarat, Ra­jasthan, Haryana, Mad­hya Pradesh, Orissa, West Ben­gal and Bi­har.

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