Pavan is an award-winning photographer artist, musician and actor with roots in the university town of Mysore, India.
He has been working on the ‘Portrait of a Life’ series, for the past year. More recently, he has been shooting the ‘There’s Still Life’ series, the idea for which came from spending more time in the kitchen since the Covid lockdown. The series is posted on his Instagram page.
His previous solo show titled ‘Kusti’ was exhibited at the Kala Ghoda arts festival, Mumbai in February 2015. This series was earlier exhibited at EcoQuest gallery and at Rangayana, in Mysore in September 2013. Some of the works from the series were also published in Tasveer Journal.
Pavan’s first solo exhibition was of his works series “Junkyard” at Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore in 2009. Photographs from his Traces series were exhibited at Harmony Art Show in 2008 in Mumbai.
A graduate of Mysore’s Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Pavan has won Dasara award, and an all-India level still-life photography award from Better Photography magazine.
Pavan’s ability to bring his creative flair to the demands of the controlled environments of modern commercial photography has won him many prestigious assignments. Perhaps the biggest trait of him is passion and generosity to share his love of his art. He is a visiting faculty at Mysore’s premier architecture institute, Wadiyar Centre for Architecture and also at Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Mysore. He has conducted workshops, done jury duty on photography competitions and is constantly looking to engage photography enthusiasts on his Instagram page.
The series found resonance with its many protagonists, and was exhibited with much appreciation at this year’s prestigious Kala Ghoda arts festival, Mumbai in February 2015. Around this show Pavan was interviewed by the prestigious Rolling stone magazine and Apex Photo Academy.
Pavan loves to travel and in addition to photography, his love of music as the percussionist and singer with the folk fusion band Swarathma has taken him to global tourist destinations from Australia to Morocco, richly informing and enriching his creative sensibilities.
He is also an accomplished actor. He has acted in the blockbuster kannada feature film ‘U Turn’ directed by the acclaimed film maker Pawan Kumar, which got nominated for Best Screenplay at the New York Indian Film Festival 2016. His recent film in kannada was the national award winning ‘Nathicharami’ directed by MansoRe.