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A rainy day: A photo by Narsing Rao on display at ‘Reflections - India and Hungary’.
A rainy day: A photo by Narsing Rao on display at ‘Reflections - India and Hungary’.

Madhur Tankha

NEW DELHI: With the European Commission declaring 2008 as the year of inter-cultural dialogue, the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre in New Delhi is presenting an Indo-Hungary photo exhibition at its premises on Janpath from this Tuesday.

Tilted “Reflections – India and Hungary”, the special exhibition shows Hungary through the eyes of an Indian photo artist, Narsing Rao, and India through the eyes of a Hungarian photographer, Tamas Olasz.

About the photo artists

Rao says he fell in love with Budapest when he had gone there in February 1999 to attend a film festival. “I just loved the city and its people. One snowfall day I travelled in the city and clicked my camera. I feel these pictures speak something about the city,” says Rao, who has made award-winning Telugu films such as “Daasi” that won the best regional film prize at the Silver Lotus Awards in 1989.

A graduate from the University of Horticulture, Tamas Olasz took up photography as a hobby and has now established a creative group.

Informing that he got his first camera at the age of twelve, Olasz says: “After receiving a Czech-made Smena I discovered the opportunity that photos provide. I am still fond of looking at the pictures I took at the time of my friends on outings. In three years I got devoted to scientifically study different types of moss, and more closely, to do research on the moss flora in Mongolia.”

For Olasz, the turning point was 1996 when he signed up for the ASA photo course. “Finally, I found the way -- the visual form of expression. In 1997 I joined a company called Lightbreakers. Normally we organise an exhibition every year and also try to help one another through constructive criticism in our monthly sessions,” he says.

The exhibition at the Hungarian Cultural Centre will run up to March 28.

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