Bringing glimpses of Himachal to Mysore

Cultural Exchange

Every region of the Indian sub-continent has a rich flavour of nature, culture and heritage. Nick-named ‘Dev Bhumi’, Himachal Pradesh is a blend of all the three. For Mysoreans, who have no exposure of the land of Gods, here is opportunity savour its beauty through photographs.

The Indira Gandhi Rashtreeya Manava Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) which is hosting photo exhibition, “Man and Nature”, a rich collection of nature and lifestyle photographs of Himachal Pradesh at Wellington House here.

These photographs displayed were taken by senior bureaucrat  who is now principal secretary of Madhya Pradesh State Human Rights Commission, Rakesh Agrawal.
As part of its objective to promote the culture and heritage of India, the IGRMS, Mysore has displayed the photographs of the officer since past few months.
This travel expo was held at Kolkata and Bhopal centres of IGRMS. And, Mysore is the third city to host rich photographs of Himachal.

Four galleries
The expo displayed in four galleries of Wellington House gives rich insight into Saharan hill, which is raised up to 2165 meters, ancient Bhimakali temple. The journey of Agarwal also leads to Kinnaur Kalpa and KInner Kailash peak, a region of snow and clouds, even as the snow glistens white and fresh, a real treat to eyes.

Also, on the display are Sangla valley, offering a great view of mountains, wooden sculptures of Kamru fort, the ancient abode of rulers of Sangla and Dharmashala and Mcleodgunj, the settlement of Tibetan brethren and their spiritual leader Dalai Lama. The magnificent tea estates and hill slopes and green bushes provide a rich glimpse.

Tea estates
The photo expo also brings the entrepreneurship and hardworking of women in Kanga valley, which boasts of elegant tea gardens, where women toil plucking the tea leaves for export market.

The exhibition also provides few glimpses of Chennai beaches, Andaman’s, sunset and backwaters of Kerala, Alpine grace of Sikkim, Shikaras at Dal Lake, Kashmir and other places.

Vijay Mohan, Officer-in charge of IGRMS, Mysore told City Herald that Agrwal’s works dates back to two decades back. “These photographs are invaluable collections for IGRMS. Many of the heritage and natural beauty do not exist today due to urbanisation. Hence, the IGRMS has conserved these photographs and holds exhibition across different cities,” he said.

He said though there was poor response from localities, the domestic tourists and foreigners have thronged the exhibition in good numbers in past four months and appreciated the works.

The photo exhibition will be on display only for the next15 days, the officer-in charge disclosed.

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