SUR.LA.TERRE: Mumbai Winter 2011

Melting sundrops  by Anuradha Sarup
Melting sundrops , a photo by Anuradha Sarup on Flickr.

One of my favourite photographs from 2011. It came from an assignment I was working on in September-October last year.

Fateh Prakash Palace, the gorgeous building across lake, has recently been converted into a very grand convention center.  As a regular graphic designer with the HRH Group of Hotels I was wearing my ManSar hat and had dug up several photographs dating back to as far as the early 20th century.

The design developed nicely. Tracing the history of the building and the momentous events it’s been the venue for. It was in Fateh Prakash that the Instrument of Accession was signed between different Rajput States including Mewar (Udaipur) and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first prime minister of Independent India, on behalf of the Union of India.

Queen Elisabeth II of England, Jacqueline Kennedy have been graciously hosted at Minto Hall as Fateh Prakash Palace was then known. International dignitaries and celebrities are as impressed today as they were in the years past.

As the layout got completed, some gaps showed up in our visual narrative. While we had excellent photographs from the earlier years, the present day images fell short in comparison.

That’s when armed with my trusty Canon EOS 400D, I put my photographer hat on. (A nice shady floppy hat if you please).
This was FUN!!

The Satkar Banquet Hall by Anuradha Sarup
The Satkar Banquet Hall, a photo by Anuradha Sarup on Flickr.

Three days of shooting followed. Resulting in the photograph on top and the one above which is also featured in the magazine SUR.LA.TERRE, Mumbai winter edition.

Also featured in the magazine is the brochure cover, which we’d printed in lustrous silver and gold. Wish you could see it in its full glory but for that you’ll need attend a conference at the Fateh Prakash Palace. 🙂

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