Profile

4  Non – Matric
3  1928-29 to 1934 joined with Kalaguru Ravishankar Raval’s School of Art at Kumar Karyalaya & took interest in photography and dark room work.
2  August 1934 Awarded Bhavnagar state’s scholarship for 3 years & went vienna ((Austria) to study in photo – reproduction techniques, Photogravure Printing and allied areas
1  May 1936 fell sick of TB spine & hospitalised, advised to rest at hill stations and nursing, at last Return Home.

 

7  1932-’33 served as a drawing teacher at Sheth C. N. Vidhyalaya, Ahmedabad.
3  1939-40 To earn livelihood decided to adopt photography as profession and started with ‘Photo Home Service’. Going on a bicycle with mobile reflectors and a camera to take family photographs, when the people were hesitating to go to a studio with family.
6  1942 Joined Quit India movement as an underground activist and was jailed at Bharuch.
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 1946 Holocaust of Noakhali echoed in Bihar and in March 1947 Gandhiji decided to move from Noakhali to Patna – Bihar to start his peace march to create confidence in Muslim brothers & sisters. Joined with Gandhiji in Bihar Peace March from 21st March 1947 to 30th March 1947.

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 15th August 1948 ‘Pratima Studio’ opened at Relief Road, Ahmedabad.

1  1952 ‘Pratima Studio’ was closed.
8  1957 to 1967 joined service at ‘The Prince of Wales Museum’ – Mumbai as a photographer and developed photographic section which earned its own entity for research & study of museum subject.
10  1968 to 1974 joined with Sheth C. N. Fine Arts College as a photographer and taught – photography to the students of commercial arts & Fine Arts
4  Joined ‘National Institute of Design’ and photographs for exhibition of ‘Mahatma Gandhi & Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’ were prepared.

7  1939 – 40 Mount Abu, Kankroli & Udaipur to record Jain Sculptures.
6  March 1947 – Joined Mahatma Gandhiji’s Bihar peace mission tour.
5   1950 – Tour to Southern India to visit Pondicherry, Tiruchirapally, Kodaikenal with the Artists Chhaganlal Jadav and Dasharath Patel and covered historical places and also recorded temples & which are rich states in sculptures.
4  1952 Second trip to Mt. Abu, Kumbharia & Ranakpur to re-record it.
3  1954-56 Tour with Mr. Daulatsinhji Lodha (Arvind) to publish ‘Pragwat – History’ on Jain Scluptures of Gujarat,Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh & made record of the places.
1  1957 -67’ During service with The Prince of Wales Museum Travelled to Hyderabad, Calcutta, Delhi, Mysore & other places to record ‘Kalpa Sutras’, miniature paintings,coins of different era and other valuables to assist subject of Museum and Research Scholars.
2  1979 – Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamnotri & Kedarnath Yatra.
7  1979 to 1986- Gujarati Sahitya Parishad yearly conference & Jnansatra being attended in company of Mukundbhai shah and captured portraits of Literary Personalities & record being created to assist future generation.

 

9  15th August 1947 First ever exhibitions of ‘Gandhi Bihar Peace Tour’ at Share Bazar Hall, Ahmedabad, to celebrate Independence.
4  15th August 1948 ‘Bombay Art Society’ arranged exhibition with the assistance of Youth & cultural circle & which was declared opened by S.K.Patil.
3  Feb-March 1991 Gujarat State Lalitkala Academy arranged to exhibit pictorial photographs at Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Amreli.
5  1993 N.C.P.A. Mumbai arranged ‘Bihar Peace Mission Tour’ photograph exhibition to honour 125th Birth Anniversary of Mahatmaji.
8  1969 ‘Gandhi in Action- Exhibition of Photographs’
7  Gandhi Centenary Celebration Exhibition was arranged by Niharika club – The society of Gujarat pictorialists and Rotary club of Ahmedabad and Rtd. Lt. Col. Balvant Bhatt,Datta Khopkar and Jagan Mehta’s 36 photographs were exhibited.
  6  2004 L.D.Institute of Indology arranged Exhibition on Jain Scluptures & exhibition was dedicated to Jagan Mehta as a tribute to his works and 85% of exhibits were contributed by Jagan Mehta.
1  2005 Gujarat State Lalitkala Academy arranged one show of all ‘Gaurav Puraskar Awardees Artists’ photographs were exhibited. Jagan Mehta’s 8 photographs were exhibited.
9  2007 Indian Consulate Berlin, Germany had special exhibits of Bihar Peace Mission Tour photographs of Jagan Mehta.

7  15th August 1948 ‘Rashtrapita Gandhiji’ Album of 8 photographs of Bihar Peace Mission Tour was published with preface by kaka kalelkar.
6  ‘History of Cambay state’ include photographs of important places by Jagan Mehta were used & published in 1933 by Ratnamani Rao Bhimrao Jote.
5  ‘Pragvat Itihaas’-[Hindi] Jain Temples & Scluptures photographs by Jagan Mehta used and published in 1954.
4  ‘Pratham Pratyaghat’ based on Late Mridulaben Sarabhai’s Diary and edited by well known poet & prof. Niranjan Bhagat, wherein all photographs of Jagan Mehta of Bihar Peace Mission Tours were published in the book.
3  Photographs on Schedule Tribes of Panchmahal District to celebrate silver jubilee of Bhil Seva Mandal (Dahod) were made by Jagan Mehta & its report published in 1954.
2  Museum Bulletin during the year 1957 to 1967, 4 volumes were prepared & published, Museum guide 1962-63 and Republished in 1986.
1  Sir Cowarjee Jehangir’s Private collections recorded and published by Sir Cowarjee Jehangir.

 

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