Amit Pasricha and Axel Michaels received the German Photo Book Prize 2014 in Silver for their work, ‘Heiliges Indien’ (Holy India). The German Photo Book Prize (Deutscher Fotobuchpreis) is awarded by the Association of German Book Publishers (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels) and the awarded titles are displayed at international conventions in Paris, Buenos Aires, Abu Dhabi, Warsaw, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, Istanbul, New Delhi, Beijing and Moscow.
In their book "Heiliges Indien"(Holy India), Amit Pasricha and Axel Michaels document and explain the manifold religious life in India. The photographer took pictures not only at temples, mosques and monasteries, but also during prayers, sacrificial offerings and religious festivals. His photographs lay before the viewer the colourful, intricate mosaic of Indian religion, spirituality, ritual and tradition. Axel Michaels provided background information about religions in India as well as explanatory texts to the images. The book "Heiliges Indien" was published by Edition Panorama in 2012. Amit Pasricha’s masterful use of the panoramic format in unintentional but fitting consonance with the wide, encompassing nature of the sacred in India and Axel Michaels’ insightful text make this Book, a limited edition, to be preserved and treasured.
To honour their achievement Heidelberg Centre South Asia in Collaboration with The Indo-German Societies in India (FIGS) has organised a Talk and Visual Presentation by the two winners on 25th February, 2014, 6.30 pm, India International Centre, Multipurpose Hall, Kamala Devi Complex, Lodi Estate, New Delhi