Pavan is an award-winning multi talented photographer artist, musician and actor with roots in the university town of Mysore.
Aptly enough, Pavan’s latest work, a series of photographs titled ‘Kusti’ captures the stoic struggle of Mysore’s traditional wrestlers, once proud warriors patronised by the rulers of the erstwhile royal kingdom of Mysore, to keep their martial art alive in the face of modern India’s urban onslaught.
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.
Earlier this series was exhibited at EcoQuest gallery and Rangayana, in Mysore in September 2013. Some of the works from the series were also published in Tasveer Journal, an online magazine for photography in India.
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, popularly known as CAVA among art aficionados, Pavan has won a Dasara award, named after Mysore’s word famous Dasara festival, 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 Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Pages.
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 critically acclaimed ‘Nathicharami’ directed by the national awardee MansoRe.