"I was lucky to have visited the palace when an exhibition was going on by a married couple from Ahmedabad. The wife, Dhruti displayed beautiful paintings made on a handmade paper derived from the bark of the Argali (in Nepalese) or Theyshing (in Sikkimese) tree, brought from Sikkim.
Her husband, Mayank Ghedia, an architect by profession but a nature photographer and artist by heart displayed pictures taken using various glass objects and a torch light that created beautiful illusions reflecting spiritual experience. Mere words can't explain the extent to which I was mesmerized by his creations. The photographs I liked the most are named 'Bride' and 'Wings of Joy'and, respecting my budget and his art as well, I bought a stack of his photographs that came in smaller sizes than the ones on display. I consider myself a fan already, and I am eager to attend his exhibition in Delhi when he conducts one. Drop me a mail for more details, pictures and explanations."
"We then visited an Art/photography exhibition on its last night next door to the cultural centre. I was blown away by the photographs by architect Mayank Ghedia, who produces near monochrome prints of 'light' as he witnesses it. This is either natural or set up, he manipulates light to create extraordinary abstract compositions bordering on the scientific, 21st century Man Ray! It would be great to see his work in the UK.
His wife Dhruti Ghedia produces beautiful etheral paintings on natural materials. These are based on nature, and they are little streams of consciousness about 'self'. It transpired they were staying at the same hotel as us in the room next door! We got together for a beer or two on the roof top, when they returned from packing up the exhibition.
They come from Gujarat and are both in the creative industries. In the morning over breakfast, donned with our binoculars - they also run a bird watching group in Gujarat - we added Grey Hornbill, Purple Heron and Glossy Ibis to our list of identified birds. We had seen them previously but not positively ID'd."