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 41 years. He has taken over 50,000 photographs of Asian
monuments and art heritage, made 140 documentaries which are regularly screened
at major cultural institutions worldwide. His photographic exhibitions have been
warmly received in 59 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
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:
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, 2016 and 2017 his exhibitions on the subject were held in 20 countries and his films on Yoga were 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. His film ‘Indian Deities Worshipped in Japan’ has also won 7 awards at international film festival awards in 2016. The Japanese version of the film has also been shown by the Government of India in Japan, before the visit of the Honourable Prime Minister of India to Japan in November, 2016. In Japan, along with the film, Behl’s photographic exhibition on ‘Hindu Deities Worshipped in Japan’ has also been widely shown by the Embassy of India.
He has been invited to lecture by
many 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 ‘Northern Frontiers of Buddhism’ 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. Behl’s book on ‘THE ART OF
INDIA, Sculpture and Mural Painting’ in two volumes has been recently published
by The Hindu Group of Publications.
Please find below a few links to Press reports about Behl’s work.
Times of India Front page Report (11th January, 2016)
Sunday Guardian, Yoga tour of South America, 2017
The Hindu Interview February 2, 2017
The Hindu, South America Yoga Tour (May-June 2017), 6th July, 2017
Times of India report, 27th February, 2017 on Ramayana film
Sunday Guardian, Exhibition at Rashtrapati Bhavan, 2017 Hindu Deities Worshipped in Japan
The Statesman September 9th. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
Deccan Herald September 9th. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
The Hindu, September 4th. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
The Pioneer, September 3rd. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
Deccan Herald September 3rd. The Japan Foundation Exhibition
The Pioneer, Yoga Exhibition
The Hindu, Yoga Exhibition
Deccan Herald, Yoga Exhibition
Film on Yoga.
Deccan Herald, Thursday 20th Feb, 2014
The Pioneer, November 18, 2013 (Nalanda Event at IGNCA)
INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FESTIVAL OF FILMS
Islamic Architecture Film
The Hindu, July 26, 2011
The Hindu, shooting of film series, Jan 01, 2010
Monasteries of Rinchen Zangpo screening at Tibet House, Sunday April 28, 2013
Film screening: Monasteries of Rinchen Zangpo, Spectacular India Series at Tibet House on 28th April, 2013
The Hindu, shooting of film series, August 04, 2010
IIC Exhibition of Sri Lanka Buddhist Heritage, April, 2013
The Hindu, 3rd January, 2013, IIC event
The Pioneer, 7th January, 2013
The Hindu, September 17, 2011
Times of India, Crest Tour of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Russia
The Tribune August 28, 2011-08-29
Star Malaysia, August 10, 2009
India International Centre Exhibition The Monasteries of Rinchen Zangpo
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Talk The Murals of India
Asian Age about Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Talk The Murals of India
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