The Maharaja of Mysore,late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, graced me with a glance as I photographed him during the final parade of the Mysore Dasara. YEAR 2013.
He was generous, knowledgeable and extremely fair. I had never heard him assert his royalty on anyone. I felt he was kindest to my team and I, as we got involved with the branding of his fashion and hospitality businesses. He was always the guide by the side and lent a patient hearing to every little detail.
I had been associated with His Highness for over 2 decades , when I photographed his fashion collections, in Ooty, his Bangalore Palace and at our Bangalore studios.
We also produced large format calendars every year that were acclaimed as the one of the most sought after publication of the time.
Amazing man. His demise was sudden and had shaken me up. Miss him very deeply every time especially during the Dasara period, which he used to lead with all devotion.
We were indeed privileged to have known and worked with such a wondrous kind soul.