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CHATPhotography manages the equilibrium between body and mind, says Mukesh Batra

There are many facets to Mukesh Batra, the homeopath who has clinics across the country. He is also an author but that doesn't really look out of place considering his profession.

However, the one which not many people know of is his passion for photography. His skill and expertise with the medium were on display in his recent exhibition “Moody Blues”.

Prior to this, Dr. Batra has held exhibitions of his photographs under the title “Colours of life”, “Vision of hope”, etc. in the city. “Moody Blues”, a collaborative project with his son Akshay Batra, whose works were also featured, was his sixth such project.

From Swiss peaks to Canadian waterfalls, his penchant for natural beauty was clearly reflected in the collection. “I feel nature makes a man happy, so I focus more on natural scenes compared to other things,” says Mukesh, who has also captured the rising sun in Nepal, fascinating landscapes of the Maldives, etc. .

The proceeds from the show will go to support institutions like Happy Home, School for the Blind and People for Animals.

Talking about his love for the discipline, Mukesh says, “Although my first passion is medicine, I am now trying to pursue my second love, photography. For me, photography manages the equilibrium between body and mind. It keeps me connected to the incredible, even when mired in the mundane.”

With no formal training in photography, he was inspired to pick up the camera by ace photographer Atul Kasbekar, who is also a close friend. And then what began as a hobby — he initially started with clicking family and friends — turned serious.

Akshay, also a doctor, says, “I am thrilled to be teaming up with my father as an artist. Just as homeopathy combines art and science, so too should we balance our lives.

Photography helps me share my sense of wonder. Seeing a fiery sun drowned by an implacable sea in a different way every day is just so incredible.” The show was inaugurated by film stars Amrita Rao, Tusshar Kapoor and producer Sooraj Barjatya of Rajshri Productions.

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