Serena Chopra - Bhutan Echoes

Bhutan Echoes features a selection from Serena Chopra’s extremely rich archive of human emotions observed while travelling through Bhutan, a country that has a famously declared mission-statement of ‘Gross National Happiness’. Chopra’s photographs capture the unique landscape of this country with its surprising blend of the secular and the religious, myth and reality, the traditional with the modern, and the immense contrast between its smaller townships and faraway ancient villages. Trekking with a special permit to remote and restricted areas in high altitude regions with no regular roads, Chopra has produced a unique, intimate view of Bhutanese society through the length of the country, from Thimpu to Merak.

Over a period of 12 years, and with repeated trips, Chopra not only travelled into the interiors and hidden valleys of Bhutan, but also lived as a guest in many villagers’ homes — providing her with an intimate experience of their way of life, and the beliefs that governed them. Accordingly she notes, that as she got to know the Bhutanese better, she began to “photograph them with a vision that came from a more subtle understanding of their truth.” Her black and white photographs resist judgement, and chronicle with an almost traditional classicism a world within a world, offering evocative insight into the lives of the Bhutanese people.

Exhibition Schedule


26 September - 07 October 2021

The Harrington Street Arts Centre
8 Ho Chi Minh Sarini 
Harrington Mansions 2nd Floor
Flat no.5 & 25B
Kolkata 700071 


21 October - 18 November 2021

Sua House
26/1 Kasturba Cross Road
Bangalore – 560001


09 March - 22 March 2022

J.N. Heredia Marg

Hamilton House
Ballard Estate 

Mumbai - 400038


07 April - 21 April 2022

NID PG Campus
GH- 0 Extension Road, Near Infocity
Gandhinagar - 382007

New Delhi

06 May - 14 May 2022

Bikaner House
Pandara Road, Pandara Flats
Near India Gate
New Delhi, Delhi - 110001