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The nimbus in photography



B.K.Agarwal

It was providential that he got a gift, a Kodak box camara, when he was hardly 12 years old. None, not excluding his elder brother who gave it to the youngster who started nimbly nibbling it with his God-given eurhythmic eyes behind it, perhaps, could imagine that it was an opening of a vista leading him to a high stature in the art of photography.That is B.K. Agarwal, settled for long in the port city, who is second in the country and the first among the specialists in fashion and advertisement branch to have been elected the Fellow of India International Photographic Council.#Born on the February 15, 1955, in a business family at Bolangir in Orissa, he was known for his strides in playing badminton, table-tennis and chess besides practising yoga in which he not only achieved championship at district level but also rerpesented the university from which he graduated.As soon as he settled down in Visakhapatnam expanding his business in automobile tyres and tubes (Hindustan Sales), he joined the Coromandel Camera Club and turned instrumental in conducting the first ever national photographic exhibition in the city in 1983. Two awards and a certificate of merit that came his way in it, put him on the path of no looking-back. More than 700 pictures artistically capturing the light and shade dynamics both on the colour and black and white films were accepted by choice to be mounted at salons of national and international repute. More than 100 out of them won awards, besides innumerable certificates of merit since then.Having fulfilled the requirements of being a recipient of the associateship of international bodies in photography for coloured slides and Fellowhsip in Colour Prints, etc., at the same time besides Licentiateship in Black and White, coupled with achievement of high degree of proficiency and with an element of innovation and creativity, Agarwal was conferred the prestigious credentials: FIIPC in 1999.He was as well instrumental in bringing the Visakha Camera Club back to life in 1990, conducting a couple of national and three international photo exhibitions, besides six workshops on various technical and artistic aspects in photography, at Araku, Bhimili and Visakhapatnam since then. He established a regular coaching centre with the needed infrastructure, including the teaching faculty for photography.Member of many cultural and social welfare organisations, including the rotary movement, the proud founder of the Tyre Dealers Assocaition, Agarwal, stands personifying all modesty in the most traditional way.No wonder, he commands not only respect and regard from all alike but also popular demand to head the panel of judges for beauty pageants, fashion and photographic shows.Agarwal has been selected as the official member of the faculty to impart professional training in all aspects of photography by the Kodak India Limited. Training camps had already been held in Hyderabad, Vijyawada and Visakhapatnam.Agarwal is a priceless jewel indeed for the City of Destiny.

A.R.S

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