Images that bring alive Maha Kumbh

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 Shahi Snan (royal bath), last year.

Cord Meier-Klodt, the Deputy German Ambassador to India, Jean-Pierre Muller from France and Lalit Verma from India captured the unforgettable moments of the Maha Kumbh Mela.

The photographs in the exhibition ‘Jal Anand – Impressions from the Maha Kumbh Mela’ hosted by the German Embassy capture the magical moments when Naga Sadhus, gurus, followers and pilgrims took the holy dip in the Sangam – the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.

The colours, the noise, the energy, glimpses of the processions, pujas and portraits of individual pilgrims at the Kumbh are all captured by the ‘three lenses’ – coming from three different backgrounds.

All three photographers have added their own personal experiences and perspective to this 12-yearly event. The exhibition showed some never-seen-before moments from the
historic events.

One of the artists, Lalit Verma, is also an ex-TATA executive and has founded the prestigious Art Galleries of India (Aurodhan).

He has organised various photography shows nationally and internationally. Cord Meier-Klodt, presently the Deputy German Ambassador to India is from Hamburg in Northern Germany.

He loves to travel and learn about different cultures. Photography is his hobby and he always looks forward for the chance of a great shot.

Jean-Pierre Muller too loves to travel and take pictures. He has been deeply interested in diverse African, American and Asian cultures.

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