‘Photograph exhibition’ at Lalit Kala Akademi commemorates 75 years of independence

Lalit Kala Akademi, on the occasion of World Photography Day, August 19, recently held a “Photography Exhibition” at the galleries of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, as part of the celebration of 75 years of India’s independence.

The exhibition was opened by Ace lensman Padma Shree and Shree Raghu Rai in the presence of Lalit President Kala Akademi Smt. Uma Nanduri.

Exhibition of photographs on the theme of India’s freedom struggle and culture, forts, mountains, ancient temples and heritage sites of India, officials said.

A total of 1603 entries from 423 artists were received from all over the country for the photography exhibition. Among these, the jury selected 135 photographs to be exhibited in the exhibition.

To celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, the Akademi has organized various events and activities such as camps, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, seminars, etc. under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, he said.

Shri Raghu Rai said on this occasion that this exhibition comes at a very good time as we celebrate 75 years of Independence. He also praised the selection of photographs taken for the exhibition.

Ms. Rimita Bhowal, a conservation architect with a passion for photography whose photography is selected among others, told The Statesman that she grew up watching her father with the same passion and enthusiasm for photography in Delhi and used to travel a lot, which gave him the opportunity to work on his photography skills.

Speaking about the importance of photography and its impact on human history over the decades, she said it is not just more than an art form, but an essential tool for documenting and preserving the culture and our traditions. Through photography, precious moments were captured and treasured.

His photograph titled “Chote Batashewala Mahal” on display is one of nine Mughal-era structures that are in the Sunder Nursery in New Delhi.

One of the facades has been restored but the rest is a pile of rubble. She said the contrast of new conservation work done on the structure and its ruins brings out its elegance. The trees around the structure were used to frame the structure in the center.

She informed archival research that the building is described as “…standing on a platform about three feet high. It consisted of a central octagonal chamber, surrounded by an arcade containing a vaulted opening on each of the eight sides. The central apartment had four doors, three of which were closed with stone jaali screens.

The domed ceiling of the central chamber, as well as the interior walls, are adorned with floral and geometric designs interwoven with Quranic inscriptions in incised plaster. She also insisted on the need to appropriate this art in a serious way, in order to promote the cultural and heritage wealth of our people.

In addition, she appreciated the contribution of the Lalit Kala Akademi which promotes and encourages art and artists in the fields of painting, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, photography, etc. for seven decades.

Tracey L. Sweeney