BENOY K BEHL
Benoy K Behl is a film-maker, art-historian and photographer who is known for his tireless and prolific output of work over the past 40 years. He has taken over 46,000 photographs of Asian monuments and art heritage, made 132 documentaries which are regularly screened at major cultural institutions worldwide. His photographic exhibitions have been warmly received in 54 countries around the world. These have been inaugurated by ministers of the governments of various countries, ambassadors, archbishops and others dignitaries. He holds the Limca Book Record for being the most travelled photographer.

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His films, including 26 documentaries on ‘The Paintings of India’, 26 documentaries on ‘The Sculpture of India’ and 26 documentaries on ‘Spectacular India’ have been nationally telecast on prime time in India, as well as repeat telecasts. These have also been screened at scores of universities and museums in several countries around the world.

In January, 2008, National Geographic magazine carried an 18-page story about ancient Indian art revealed through Behl’s photography to the world. He is the first Indian about whose work National Geographic magazine have carried a story. Please see on the following links:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/2008-01/india-ancient-art/interactive-map.html

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2008/01/india-ancient-art/oneill-text


BBC World News have also carried 3 major stories about Behl’s pioneering work in India and Vietnam. The vastness of Behl’s documentation presents a wide and new perspective in understanding the art of India and Asia.

His photography of ancient murals in remote places has clearly established the continuous tradition of painting in India, from ancient times through the medieval period. This is significant, as earlier, the Indian tradition of painting was believed to begin in medieval times.

Behl’s recent work on Yoga has made a notable contribution to the knowledge of the subject. On International Yoga Day 2015, his exhibition on the subject was held in 20 countries and his film on Yoga was shown in Indian Embassies and High Commissions in 50 countries.

Behl’s film on ‘Indian Roots of Tibetan Buddhism’, with interviews with HH Dalai Lama won the Best Documentary Producer Award at the Madrid International Film Festival 2015. It has also won two awards at international film festivals held in India.

He has been invited to lecture by most of the important universities and museums around the world, who have departments of Asian art. His book on ‘The Ajanta Caves’ is published by Thames & Hudson, London and Harry N. Abrams, New York. His book on the Buddhist Heritage of Andhra Pradesh was published by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. Behl’s book on the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kalmykia, Tibet, China, Mongolia and Buryatia, was released in April, 2014 by H.H. the Karmapa. H.H. the Dalai Lama accepted an advance copy of the book at IGNCA in November, 2013.


Please find below a few links to Press reports about Behl’s work.

Times of India Front page Report (11th January, 2016)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hindu-gods-forgotten-in-India-revered-in-Japan/articleshow/50525067.cms 

The Statesman September 9th. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/supplements/indian-culture-in-japan/88931.html

Deccan Herald September 9th. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/499844/a-quest-japans-indian-gods.html

The Hindu, September 4th. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/reviving-the-forgotten-bond/article7611991.ece 

The Pioneer, September 3rd. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
http://www.dailypioneer.com/vivacity/bonds-of-faith.html

Deccan Herald September 3rd. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/498664/indian-deities-worshipped-japan.html 

The Pioneer, Yoga Exhibition
http://www.dailypioneer.com/vivacity/reach-out-wide.html 

The Hindu, Yoga Exhibition
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/inhale-exhale/article7339925.ece

Deccan Herald, Yoga Exhibition
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/484111/photos-spread-word-yoga.html

Film on Yoga.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chennai-to-pose-in-international-yoga-film/article5797428.ece

Deccan Herald, Thursday 20th Feb, 2014
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/387274/spread-dharma.html 

The Pioneer, November 18, 2013 (Nalanda Event at IGNCA)
http://www.dailypioneer.com/vivacity/a-traditional-connect.html

INDIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS
http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/22/stories/2009082250390200.htm

Islamic Architecture Film
The Hindu, July 26, 2011
http://www.thehindu.com/arts/history-and-culture/article2295239.ece

The Hindu, shooting of film series, Jan 01, 2010
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/article1022221.ece

Monasteries of Rinchen Zangpo screening at Tibet House, Sunday April 28, 2013
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/a-new-light-on-link-between-buddhism-and-kashmir/article4655983.ece

Film screening: Monasteries of Rinchen Zangpo, Spectacular India Series at Tibet House on 28th April, 2013
http://www.eftimes.com/2013/04/monasteries-of-rinchen-zangpo-film.html

The Hindu, shooting of film series, August 04, 2010
http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/04/stories/2010080457300200.htm

IIC Exhibition of Sri Lanka Buddhist Heritage, April, 2013
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=77002

The Hindu, 3rd January, 2013, IIC event
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/reigniting-a-buddhist-link-between-india-and-indonesia/article4267507.ece

The Pioneer, 7th January, 2013
http://www.dailypioneer.com/vivacity/120517-in-the-light-of-the-buddha.html

http://www.hindu.com/2007/12/26/stories/2007122661580200.htm

The Hindu, September 17, 2011
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/article2457843.ece

Times of India, Crest
Tour of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Russia
http://www.timescrest.com/culture/the-buddha-of-siberia-6103

The Tribune
August 28, 2011-08-29
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110828/spectrum/main2.htm

Star Malaysia, August 10, 2009
http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2009/8/10/lifeliving/4254388&sec=lifeliving

India International Centre Exhibition
The Monasteries of Rinchen Zangpo
http://www.hinduonnet.com/2007/10/27/stories/2007102750120200.htm 

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Talk
The Murals of India
http://www.hindu.com/2009/01/13/stories/2009011350470200.htm

Asian Age about
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Talk
The Murals of India
http://epaper.asianage.com/ASIAN/AAGE/2009/01/20/INDEX.SHTML

Live Mint
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
http://www.livemint.com/2007/08/28130640/Indian-roots-of-China-Tibet-a.html