ASISH MADE ME PROUD
Prasanta Patnaik, Dated.26th Sept,2017
I was simply charmed to see the excellent, exciting and exclusive wildlife photo exhibition of young photographer Asish Dhir, organised at Lalit Kala Kendra , Bhubnaeswar.As the exhibition was one of its kind in the state which exhibited a number of wildlife photographs taken in wild environment as well as in different zoos. Ashis was known to me since his childhood as his illustrious father Prafulla Chandra Dhir, who was serving in India Railways was a close friend of ,ine amd his mother Banaprava was a close friend of my wife Chandraprava
Because photography was the common interest of Mr Dhir and myself we became intimate friends and had shared many adventure by covering many places an d events in my two wheeler which we were carrying in the goods train in the Guard's cabin. We were covering fairs and festivals, tribal life, wildlife and natural calamities.
Ashis decided to make his career in Video Journalism and worked for many national TV channels. As I was working for channels like EENADU Television, Star Plus ( Aaj ki Baat), and India TV, Ashis had to join me, Sampad Mohapatra (ND TV), And DN Singh ( Zee TV) on many assignments.. While handling sophisticated video cameras, Ashis was also carrying good still cameras with him to take snaps for his personal collection.
During his professional career Ashis had to travel a lot . As he was very much painstaking , he had no hesitation to work from early morning till late in the night. Since he is completely veterinarian and does not take any milk product I was facing lots of problems when he was travelling with me on some assignments. For him I was always careful and was carrying sufficient amounts of biscuits, banana, orange etc. which he was sharing with all others also. As hia nick name is "Bapi" which also the nickname of my eldest son Partha, we both were very much comfortable with each other and Ashis was also very friendly with Partha, though they belonged to different professions.
To make his career in TV journalism as a good cameraman, Ashis had to leave Odisha for Delhi and spent quite good time travelling with his team to different places in the country. Wildlife photography being his first love Ashis never left any opportunity to cover wildlife . I vividly remember the days during 1999 Super Cyclone when Ashis was closely travelling with me to the worst affected areas to shoot the human tragedy.
As I had shared many eventful moments with his father Mr P.C.Dhir and also shared many experiences with Ashis, I was very much excited to see his excellent shots of wildlife both in captivity as well as in wild ambiance.
My eldest son Partha ( Bapi ) accompanied me to the " Call of the Wild " exhibition where we met Mr Biren Das, a noted media person with whose team Asish was associated along with many promising photographers and videographers like Sabyasachi Panigrahi,, Dillip Dhal Samant and many others.
Notably Ashis wildlife photo exhibition was inaugurated by Gajapati Divyasingh Dev, Maharaja of Puri who also happens to be a wildlife photographer.
The exhibits were neatly displayed and were ad mired by both young and old viewers . Many of them preferred to take selfies with exhibits in the backdrop.