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BIO-DATA OF THAKUR DALIP SINGH, AIIPC, ARPS
Thakur Dalip Singh ji is son of Maharaj Bir Singh ji (1923-2008) born on 5th August, 1953, at village Sri Bhaini Sahib district of Ludhiana, Punjab (INDIA). He is the nephew of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji (1920-2012), who was supreme spiritual head of Namdhari Sikhs. His father introduced him to photography in childhood. Later on, refinement in the art was taught by Sri Satguru Ji.
His full involvement in photography was initiated in 1977 under the care and guidance of eminent photographers of the country, such as Sarvashri R.K Chib, Madan Mahatta, Rajesh Bedi and Om Prakash Sharma ji.
By profession he is agriculturist, and internationally-renowned photographer. He is a great philanthropist as he devotes most of his time in serving human and the environment. He has built school and colleges in remote area of Haryana which are running successfully. Being a sports promoter he has formed India's top ranking Namdhari Hockey Team (players from which represented India internationally).
Many books has illustrated his superb pictures like Bhirtpur Bird Paradise, Jungle Life of India, Birds of India, Handbook of Birds of India and Nepal, Kaziranga Inheritage, Animal Encyclopaedia, and Karnataka Wild life. Also, his pictures were showcased in many publications like British Journal of Photography, B.B.C Wildlife, 35 mm Photography, Photography U.K., Readers Digest, and Asiad 82 magazine.
He is the Founder Member of "India International Photographic Council", and trustee of "Academy of Visual Media". He is also Patron of "Punjabi Kala Academy" and lifetime member of the "Bombay Natural History Society" and "World Wildlife Fund".
As an faculty member he has judged several International and National photo workshops and photo exhibitions. He has won more than 150 International and National Awards, few of them are listed below:
- Grand prize (Return Ticket to Paris) by British airways 1988.
- World Press Photo Competition, Holland 1980. (Certificate for picture story)
- Prize from 'SLR camera', Magazine-England, for a new photo technique, 1983.
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