DON'T MISS TOMORROW: Jal Anand – Impressions from the Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 Photo Exhibition by Cord Meier-Klod t, Jean-Pierre Muller, Lalit Verma [Fri, July 26, 19.00hrs a t GZ]
Inauguration: Fri, July 26, 19.00hrs
Cord Meier-Klodt Deputy German Ambassador to India
Lalit Verma Prestigious Art Gallery Founder
Chandana Khan Spl Chief Secy to Govt (Tourism, Cultural Affairs & Archeology)
Archival Footage of Bimal Roy
Images Of Kumbh Mela. -A 10 min. Documentary By Joy Roy
Ongoing: Sat, 27th July - Sunday 4th August
at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad
This photography exhibition came about as a spontaneous idea after three friends – an Indian, a Frenchman and a German – together visited the Maha Kumbh Mela at Allahabad on Makar Sankranti, the first Shahisnan (Royal Bath), on the 14th of January 2013.
Cord Meier-KLODT, a native of Hamburg in Northern Germany, is presently the Deputy German Ambassador to India in New Delhi. His previous diplomatic assignments include Ghana, Russia, Great Britain as well as the United Nations in New York and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin. Well-travelled and curious about different cultures, he sees photography as a hobby, always on the lookout for the chance of a great shot.
Jean-Pierre MULLER, a passionate traveler and photographer, has been deeply interested in diverse African, American and Asian cultures and traditions since 40 years as a result of his work as a researcher and as a keen tourist. After having held the post of Director of the French Institute of Pondicherry (2003 – 2008), he decided to take his retirement in India and is presently involved in photo-reportage on Hindu and Jain religious traditions. This exhibition presents a selection from several photos that he took during his last visit to the KumbhMela (Haridwar 2010).
Lalit VERMA, an ex-TATA executive, founded one of the prestigious Art Galleries of India (Aurodhan). He has curated several shows all over the world and also hosted shows of some leading artists in his Gallery. His introduction as a photographer is best described by the comment of the world renowned Mary Ellen Mark, “Beautiful work by a man who loves and understands India. Bravo!”. He has done several photographic shows nationally and internationally and is presenting here a selection of some memorable photos of the KumbhMela in Haridwar in 2010.
Images of Kumbh is a documentary put together by Joy Roy, son of late Bimal Roy from the raw footage of the film maker's last film. The film was never completed. Some shooting had been done at Allahabad in the year 1960 during the Maha Kumbh but the negatives were supposed lost after the film maker's death in 1966.
Joy Roy discovered the footage 33 years later and used it to create this unique documentary out of the unfinished film: the pristine black and white images of the show one of India's largest fairs and the multitude of people who come sometimes on foot, walking over a month, to take a dip in the Ganges at an auspicious time, thus washing away all earthly sins. What is remarkable is how the negatives survived the ravages of time. From the old films one will see that the scenes and persons who visit the fair, the wares on sale, the single pointed devotion, the tremendous energy of every man, woman or child pilgrim, are not so very different from what the fair is today.
Amrit Ke Khoj was the name of the film and the script was by Gulzar. There was no sound negative so for the documentary Joy Roy used background noises etc from his father's films. Train sounds are from Devdas, crowd sounds are from Madhumati, river sounds are from Bandini and the song Ganga Aye Kahan Se is from Kabuliwalla.
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