Behind the Scenes, On the Ground

2024-05-26 17:01:21

Prashant Panjiar, Mahesh Bhat.

Behind the Scenes, On the Ground


October 27, 2021    
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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Spanning three decades, That Which is Unseen is a compilation of backstories from Prashant Panjiar’s years as a photojournalist illustrated through his images and his words.

Starting with his first self-financed work on the dacoits of the Chambal valley, the book takes us through his journey of working as a photojournalist with publications such as Patriot newspaper, India Today, Outlook and Time Magazine, as well as his documentary work for international non-profit organisations.

Join us for the Bengaluru launch of the book where the author, Prashant Panjiar will be in conversation with fellow photographer and educator, Mahesh Bhat.

You will also have the opportunity to get your own copy of That Which is Unseen and have it signed by the author post the event.

This is a physical event in collaboration with the Bangalore International Centre (BIC), where it will be hosted. Covid-appropriate behaviour and the wearing of masks will be expected of all attendees.

In compliance with government regulations, all attendees should also be able to produce proof of having received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the entrance.

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Prashant Panjiar


Born 1957, Prashant Panjiar is a self-taught photographer. He has worked as a photojournalist and editor in mainstream media at Patriot newspaper (1984-1986), India Today (1986-1995) and the Outlook Group of Publications (1995-2001). Since 2001, Panjiar has been working independently as a photographer specialising in reportage, editorial and documentary photography, a photo editor and curator.

As an independent photojournalist, Panjiar has worked on stories for leading international and national publications such as Time Magazine, Focus, New York Times, amongst others. As a documentary photographer, he works on issues of health, education and livelihood across Asia and Africa for international non-profit organisations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American India Foundation, UNFPA, IPPF & HIV-AIDS Alliance. 

Panjiar has led the curatorial teams of all 3 editions of the Delhi Photo Festival of which he is the co-founder and co-Creative Director. He is also responsible for the publication of the Nazar Photography Monographs series for Nazar Foundation of which he is the co-founder and Managing Trustee.

In 2014 as Creative Director he curated and helped conceive the first edition of Sensorium a festival of Arts, Literature & Ideas for Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts. In 2015, he curated a permanent collection of contemporary photography for the new corporate building of Star TV India in Mumbai. He was the photography curator for the first two editions of the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, in 2016 and 2017. He was the project curator for Kanu’s Gandhi, the third title in the Nazar Photography Monographs series, and of the resulting exhibition, that was on tour from 2015 to 2019. His latest initiative is the multi-disciplinary Goa Open Arts Festival and the Goa Open Arts Catalyst Grant that he co-founded and launched in 2020.

Panjiar has served on the jury of the World Press Photo Awards, the China International Press Photo Competition, POY (Pictures of the Year International), Indian Express Press Photo Awards and the National Foundation of India’s annual photography fellowship.

Being one of India’s leading photo-practitioners, Panjiar is actively involved in mentoring younger photographers.

Panjiar’s work can be viewed at

Mahesh Bhat

Photographer, Educator

In his 35 years of practice, Mahesh Bhat has donned several hats that of a photojournalist, advertising photographer, corporate photographer, editorial photographer, bookmaker and independent publisher, bookseller, filmmaker, curator, grant maker and most importantly, educator, and he continues to wear them all.

He has also been deeply involved with grassland conservation for over 17 years.

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