Lush green surroundings on way to Ananda retreat

Ananda Retreat Pune and its beautiful surroundings

Lush green fields on way to Ananda Retreat Pune after rains

We had actually set out on a drive to Lavasa on a Sunday morning after several weeks of plentiful rains. It so happened that while having my coffee before we set out, I came across this petition in change.org against Lavasa and its wrongdoings. We had decided to drive to Lavasa as I had never visited the place. After quite some time in the drive, I realised that Ananda meditation and yoga retreat is somewhere before Lavasa. When we spotted the signpost for the retreat, there was hardly any debate. We just turned into the road to the retreat. What an experience it turned out to be. The road upto the retreat with lush green fields around, a small river that we crossed and beautiful weather.

Lush green fields and a small river

All around it was beautiful hues of green and it was so comforting to the eyes. We crossed few small villages and settlements.

Lush green fields and beautiful surrounding

We crossed a small river which had a lively current.

Small river on way to Ananda Retreat Pune

This lady was keeping a keen watch on her buffalos who were obviously enjoying their bath in the river on a beautiful morning.

Lady with her buffalos in the small river
Buffalos in the water enjoying themselves

At Ananda retreat

First impression of the yoga and meditation retreat was that its serene campus blended well with the beautiful surroundings. It exuded a calm which any retreat should. Best thing was that it was not ostentatious at all. Dr. Aditya of Ananda Sangha was helpful in letting us in despite a last minute request and made arrangements for us to be shown around.

A path at Ananda Retreat

 

Papaya at Ananda retreat

Here is the spot I loved the most during our brief visit to the campus. I could easily spend an entire day here reading, writing, sketching, thinking (all that) with intervals of doing nothing. Doing nothing in such surroundings can be so fulfilling and rewarding.

Sit down here till eternity at Ananda meditation and yoga retreat

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Milind Vishwas Sathe’s photography exhibition at Mumbai in 2016

My pictures with their little stories

Milind Vishwas Sathe’s solo photography exhibition at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Worli, Mumbai in August 2016 was visited by several eminent artists. This photo exhibition was titled “My pictures with their little stories”.  Each picture was shot in the first place because there was a story. This story with the photograph makes the complete picture.  See the testimonial videos by eminent artists who visited this solo photography exhibition. This fundraiser exhibition or a charity show raised funds for Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti, which supports poor cancer patients by way of accommodation at Mumbai.

Pictures from the photo exhibition

The main gallery at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai is a large gallery. It is not easy to mount a solo exhibition as the number of artworks required to fill up the display walls at this gallery is quite a challenge.

Here are some of the pictures that were displayed at this exhibition.

Fractals in the Sky, picture by Milind Vishwas Sathe. Part of the display at the fundraiser exhibition for cancer patients. See the testimonial videos by artists who visited the photo exhibition.

Read the blog post about – Fractals in the Sky

Hard day in the mountains in Sangla valley, picture by Milind Vishwas Sathe. Part of the display at the fundraiser exhibition for cancer patients. See the testimonial videos by artists who visited the photo exhibition.

Read the blog post – Hard day in the mountains in Sangla Valley

Twilight in the hills at Shoja, Himachal, picture by Milind Vishwas Sathe. Part of the display at the fundraiser exhibition for cancer patients. See the testimonial videos by artists who visited the photo exhibition.

Read the blog post – Twilight in the hills at Shoja, Himachal

Testimonial video

See this video wherein four senior artists talk about their impressions of this photo exhibition. The artists who have talked about Milind Vishwas Sathe’s photo exhibition are Aku Jha, Milburn Cherian, Kishor Randiwe and Suhas Bahulkar.

Fundraiser show

This solo photography exhibition by Milind Vishwas Sathe was a fundraiser show to raise funds for Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti. They provide accommodation to poor cancer patients undergoing treatment for cancer at Mumbai. The exhibition received excellent response from connoisseurs as well as donors who supported the cause.

World Photography Day

It was also a happy coincidence that World Photography Day on 19 August was celebrated during the span of this exhibition which was from 16 August to 22 August 2016.

Special thanks

Special thanks to Mr. Ramakrishna Telang whose efforts were instrumental in making this show happen and its success.

Relevant Links

Milind Vishwas Sathe’s profile as a photographer

About this exhibition

Pictures from the photo exhibition

Photo Gallery

Comments by visitors

Media coverage for this exhibition