Announcement Date: July 3, 2014
Virasat-e-Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
In order to further showcase the works of the two South Indian artists, Suresh Muthukulam and Photographer Cop Shiva, the Anandpur Sahib Heritage Foundation in association with Virasat e Khalsa organised the exhibition titled ‘Holla Mohalla – An Enduring Celebration -2’. It was the first ever exhibition to be held at the exhibition hall of the Virasat – e – Khalsa from 03-20 July 2014 at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. During this period over 100,000 visitors visited the exhibition.
The exhibition was inaugurated at 6.00pm on 3rd July 2014 by Chief Guest Shri Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister of Tourism and Culture. It was also attended by Patron Shri Vivek Mohan Mittal & other leading dignitaries and invited guests from Anandpur Sahib, Chandigarh & Delhi.
Shivaraju B.S aka Cop Shiva
Shivaraju B.S aka Cop Shiva is a policeman in real life and learnt photography to document events. He spent his youth growing up in a village near Bangalore .His interest in photography grew fro being part of an alternative art collective named 1 Shanthiroad Studio. Here he met local photographers and learnt to document the complexity of rural and urban India. He focused on portraiture as a genre and is fascinated by the idea of masquerade and roles people play in their public and private lives. He followed a school teacher, Bagadehalli Basavaraj , as a Gandhi impersonator..This ongoing project studies Gandhi’s ideals in contemporary India. His portfolio includes a series of intimate portraits of urban migrants, people of alternative sexuality street performers and others living in the hinterland of urban and rural conflict. Shiva continues to capture the diversity of humans who live on the edge and represent the spirit of our times. In March of 2013 , in Collaboration with Gallery Dravidam (Bangalore ) and the invitation of “The Anandpur Sahib Heritage Foundation”, Anandpur Sahib, Cop Shiva was invited to capture through his camera, the pulse of The Holla Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib during the festival of Holi .With his portraits of turbaned Sikhs , outdoing each other with intricate and elaborate designed turbans and also subtely focusing on the five K’s-Kesh-uncut hair, Kanga-comb, Kirpan-dagger, Kada-bracelet, Kaccha-sporting underwear, each one of these having a specific spiritual meaning exemplifying the warrior character of the Khalsa, Cop Shiva successfully captured the mood and vibrancy of this spectacular event. Cop’s curious lens continued to document moments from daily life, cooking at the langers-community kitchens, dressing and the daily acts of adornment, the action of martial arts on the streets, equestrian sports and Kabbadi. The various indigenous martial art traditions displayed practiced skills of self defense and attack. Cop Shiva in his distinct style was able to absorb the heaving crowds in a riot of colour and capture the mood of this vibrant and pulsating gathering, like an ocean of humanity keeping their faith.