31 Aug

France gets a framed taste of religious India

first_imgPoignant photos capturing the essence of Udaipur, its beautiful heritage buildings, natural beauty and particularly the expressions of religion by people of different faiths, are currently on display in Strasbourg, France.Clicked by French photographer Albert Huber, the photos are part of a month-long exhibition of pictures that showcases the sacred in the cities of Udaipur and Strasbourg.Titled ‘Seeking the Sacred’, the exhibition is the outcome of an exchange pact inked between the two cities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘In the historical Udaipur, I am the happy photographer. I photographed the narrow streets and living and the baroque palaces in their bountiful natural beauty,’ says Huber.The photographer who was in Udaipur in April this year says, ‘I photographed the extraordinary royal palace, the  women in a temple, the Protestants celebrating Good Friday in church and Muslims offering prayers at a mosque.’ Juxtaposing Huber’s pictures are those by Anuradha Sarup who photographed the sacred rituals of people in Strasbourg. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘The city is one of France’s most vibrant and culturally rich cities. I captured on film the Pre-Easter ceremonies. I also shot the mosque there, which is the second largest mosque in France,’ says Sarup.The lenswoman who spent 10 days in the French city says it was a challenge for her to capture the ‘sacred’ through the historical cultural and religious identities of its people.‘Like Udaipur Strasbourg, an ancient European settlement has a living heritage. The city and its people have adapted beautifully to changing times,’ says Sarup. The photo exhibition is an activity under the Joint Co-operation Programme (JCP) signed between Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, UNESCO, the Udaipur Municipal Council, the city of Strasbourg and Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur for three years from 2011.The pact aims to strengthen Udaipur’s knowledge base, develop a framework and undertake activities to preserve its heritage and develop international collaboration and partnerships for heritage-based projects in the Rajasthan city.‘The exhibition will open new avenues of understanding between people and provide access to various artists of different faiths. It will inspire creativity and stimulate international research digital knowledge exchange,’ says Mayank Gupta, Deputy Secretary, MMCF.The photo exhibition is part of a festival, which celebrated sacred music from over the world. The three-day ‘Sacred Days of Strasbourg’ inaugurated on May 23 with Hindu and Buddhist chants saw performances from 10 countries.After the exhibition closes on June 18 in Strasbourg it is scheduled to travel to Udaipur later this year and be showcased at the City Palace Museum there.Meanwhile, French photographer Huber says, ‘There is a lot I received in Udaipur and a lot more calls me back.’last_img

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