Photographer and Curator
Kshipra Simon is a young acclaimed photographer from India who is also Senior Faculty at Raghu Rai Center for Photography, New Delhi, India established by Raghu Rai, India’s foremost celebrated photographer and his son Nitin Rai, also a well known name in the photography and art circle.
Fond of travelling, people, nature and Life & Documentary photography is her forte. She had extensively photographed Buddhist heritage sites in India which will soon be published as a major book. She has also been part of some major events such as International Children’s Festival for Arts 2009, held in New Delhi., Kids Model Hunt, 2009, South Asian Band festival 2009, and 2010, Inner Path Festival of Buddhist Art, Films and Philosophy, New Delhi 2012, International Buddhist Film Festival Leh, Ladakh 2012, 1st Yoga and Meditation Festival Leh Ladakh 2012, River Dolphin -Ram Ganga Project WWF-INDIA etc. Her photographs of Buddhist heritage were also part of the coffee table book “Sharnam Gacchami - An Album of Awakening” published by Full Circle Publications in 2011 which had photographs from some of the world’s foremost photographers.
Her works have been exhibited both as solo and jointly with other famed artists and photographers of India and other countries. Some major exhibitions are; joint exhibition by Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication, New Delhi in 2009 and Auroville Exhibition Centre, Puducherry in 2010, joint exhibition Journey of Awakening at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, 2011, Charity Exhibition in aide of Leh flash flood victims in 2011 by NDTV Good Times TV channel, Religare Gallery, New Delhi, International Photography Exhibition, Leh, Ladakh 2012, Shared the platform with Photographer Benoy Bhel in a photo Exhibition on Buddhist Heritage at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi, Participated in group photo exhibition with various artist like Qamar Dagar, Arpana Caur, Rajeev Kumar and many more at Alliance Francise, New Delhi 2014, 2014 Inner Path Film festival exhibition in Korean Cultural Centre. Kavita Art Gallery, Mumbai 2015, Kala Ghoda Art Event, Mumbai 2015. Palm Court, India Habitat Centre 2015 and 2016.
She has conducted various talks and workshops in India and abroad on photography and documenting Buddhist Art and culture.
She was invited by Shanghai Cultural center, Shanghai to display her Buddhist heritage work and curate the work of Bhodhi Language calligraphy. She was even invited by Indian Embassy, Japan to curate the work of Raghu Rai, Jatin Das, Rajeev Kumar and Jamyang Dorjee in Indian Embassy, Japan. Currently she is working on Divinity in syllables – part II. Her documentary made on His Holiness the Dalai Lama “Ocean of Wisdom and Compassion of peace” was showcased in Inner Path Film Festival, Korean Film Festival and Ladakh International Film festival. She was also the curator for the first exhibition of Dharma Art Calligraphy by Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar in New Delhi in 2013. She once again curated the same exhibition with masterpieces of Islamic calligraphy in Aug 2014 as symbol of universal harmony at India International Centre, New Delhi. She even assisted curating with known curator Elizabeth Decorneth for displaying the masterpieces of Arpana Caur paintings. Curated an exhibition on 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, life celebration with still visuals, Leh Ladakh.
She was invited for a talk on the creative aspect of the visualization of images of the photo exhibition and book project on Kushok Bakula Rinposhe to Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut.
Curated an exhibition with the Ministry of Culture, India for the Buddha Jayanti 2018 event, in auspicious presence of
PM Narendra Modi ji.
Currently she is working on Photo exhibition and Book Project on Kushok Bakula Rinpoche.
“And with every click I open my eyes to a limitless expanse of Life. Every time I hold my camera in hand, I feel tickled, provoked and dared - to capture the least known and the most celebrated. Such is the path to my goal. And I accept it, cherish it.”