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Singular Moments in History - Exhibition Note

Archival pictures from the collection of documentary filmmaker late Prem Vaidya


Indiaart Gallery presents a specially curated show of rare pictures from the collection of well known documentary filmmaker late Shri. Prem Vaidya. The show has been put together by Abhay Vaidya and Milind Sathe. Abhay Vaidya is a senior journalist and son of late Shri. Prem Vaidya. Milind Sathe runs Indiaart Gallery and the art portal www.indiaart.com apart from Art India Foundation.


This exhibition brings to to the viewer some of the finest, very rare and memorable moments from India's post independence era. The list of these rare pictures makes this show in the category of "NOT TO BE MISSED". These include :


  • Surrender at Dhaka (end of 1971 Indo Pak war and birth of Bangla Desh)
  • Last photograph shot of Shri. Lal Bahadur Shastri at Tashkent
  • Pictures from Indo Pak war of 1965
  • JRD Tata flying his aircraft
  • JRD Tata at TELCO
  • Sir Edmund Hillary with Indian turban
  • Pictures from "Ocean to Sky" - Indo New Zealand Jet Boat Expedition in river Ganga
  • Chinese military delegation visiting Indian military establishments in 1958 on an invitation by Shri. V K Memon, then India's defence minister
  • Jayprakash Narayan

And many more....


The last living photograph of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent, images from Pakistan Eastern Command’s surrender to Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora and Bangla Desh forces in the Eastern theatre, and the first Everest conqueror, Sir Edmund Hillary’s Indo-New Zealand expedition on the Ganges will be put on display during an exhibition of photographs from the archival collection of eminent documentary filmmaker, late Prem Vaidya.


In his eventful career of 31 years with the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Vaidya (February 26, 1927 - July 10, 2014) worked in various capacities as a cinematographer, director, scriptwriter and producer, witnessing a number of extraordinary moments in Indian history.


He was always accompanied by his Asahi Pentax still camera while on filming assignments which included the 1965 Indo-Pak war, visit to Tashkent with Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 and participation in Sir Edmund Hillary’s Indo-New Zealand jet boat expedition on the Ganges in the 1980s.


An accomplished name in the field of short films, Vaidya received a number of national and international awards for films such as Man in Search of Man on the Andaman & Nicobar aborigines, Veer Savarkar, a biographical documentary on freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar,  Against the Current on Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition Ocean to Sky and other films.


Prem Vaidya joined the Government of India’s Films Division as assistant cinematographer in 1954 and retired as producer in 1985. He wrote articles in English, Hindi, and Marathi in national and international magazines and newspapers. Of these, The Filming of Asian Games and Documentary on Veer Savarkar were published in the American Cinematographer. He has authored two books- Memorable Assignments on Moving Images published by the National Film Archive of India, and Savarkar A Lifelong Crusader published by New Age International Publishers.


In 2003 the Indian Documentary Producers Association honoured him with the Ezra Mir Award for Lifetime Achievement.