Images and Text P. Tomanec, 2009-2016. All rights reserved.

portraitTurning away from a promising career in the commercial film and advertisement industries, at eighteen years of age Param embarked on a journey of rediscovery. This call to adventure led him to a joining a spiritual yoga ashram of Krishna tradition, north of London. There he spent nine years practising meditation, studying philosophy and learning to serve in a humble spirit. While based in the monastic community, Param worked on photographic documentaries in eastern Africa, Asia, and Europe. Since 2005 he is living in Oxford, UK. The love affair with experimental cinema took him to Godfrey Reggio, the director of the groundbreaking QATSI trilogy and to Indian art-filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma. Param's creativity is largely inspired by Eastern traditions with artists like Andrei Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa and Henri Cartier-Bresson bringing influences into his work.

In 2009 he has been appointed as Artist-in-Residence at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. Still and moving pictures of his are used at universities across the world for courses on Indian life, culture and art. Works of his belong to the permanent collection of the Museum of Sacred Art in Belgium and are in growing number of private collections.

Param is shaping a scenario for a new feature motion picture project with working title KRIDA (krida is Sanskrit for 'to play', 'pastime', or 'spontaneous adventure' - encompassing both, human and divine).


FILMOGRAPHY

KRIDA (working title) Photography research stage, funds and distribution letter-of-intent seeking.

RASA YATRA (2012) 50 mins, completed. (India, UK)

EXHIBITIONS

2010 group show, Biographica, Foyer Gallery, London &
Piramal Gallery, Mumbai
2011 group show, Govinda Utsava, Jaipur Temple Palace
2011 solo exhibition, Meller Merceux Gallery, Oxford
2013 solo exhibition, Musée d'Art Sacré, Durbuy, Belgium
2014 solo exhibition, Indiart Gallery, Brussels
2015 "Forms of Devotion", Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi
2015 "Forms of Devotion", (opened in honour of Her Majesty Sirikit Kitiyakara's, the Queen of Thailand), Bangkog.
2016 China Art Museum, Shanghai
2016 Museum of Contemporary Art, CC Conde Duque, Madrid

PUBLICATIONS

Param Tomanec publishes academic and artistic collaborations focusing on Indian culture and philosophy. His photography appeared across books and journals. In 2015, the first photography book of his works, entitled Rasa Yatra, has been published by Niyogi Books (India) in association with the Museum of Sacred Art in Belgium.

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