Professional photographer Cal Rice presents “Bhutan: A View from the Top of the World,” showing the landscapes and people amidst massive changes at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Brainerd Public Library.
Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked state in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by the People’s Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from the nearby country of Nepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal.
Rice has been a professional commercial photographer for 25 years. Recently he traveled to Bhutan, in the Himalayas, to document the country and culture as it emerges from the 17th century into the 21st century. In the last decade the country has completed the first road across the country, and made TV, cell phones and the Internet generally available. The country is moving from a pure monarchy to a constitutional monarchy, welcoming tourists and becoming more aware of the global community. The presentation will show the beauty of the landscape and architecture; the acceptance by the people; the commitment to the Buddhist culture; and the pride of the people in their way of life.
This library sponsored event is a free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage. This activity is also made possible, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Award with funding from the McKnight Foundation to the artist.