Dear Friends, I have some news…
A selection of my photographs that captured the sacred in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities that are predominant in the city are now on exhibition at the Librairie Kléber, Strasbourg. A popular and centrally located venue. Mr Albert Huber a very senior and well-regarded photographer from Strasbourg exhibits with me. His photographs depicting the sacred in Udaipur which he visited concurrent to my stay in Strasbourg. Together our photographs aim to show the human values and strengths that remain constant across different religions, cultures and races.
The exhibition is part of the festival ‘Sacrées Journées of Strasbourg’. A three-day celebration of sacred music from across the world. It’s programme for 2013 includes 16 performances, devoted to 6 different religions from 10 countries.
It all started in early February when I got a call out of the blue offering me a chance to visit and photograph Strasbourg in France. Needless to say I said YES!!! without a moment’s hesitation 🙂
The invitation was from the City of Strasbourg and the Festiv Musiq Sacrees Monde: Strasbourg. The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur had recommended me to them, and supported me for the assignment, to photograph the ‘Sacred’ in this ancient European city with its richly diverse and multi-religious communities.
Recently a Joint Co-operation Programme (JCP) has been signed between Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, UNESCO India Office, New Delhi; Udaipur Municipal Council; The City of Strasbourg (Municipalite de Strasbourg), France and Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur for three years 2011-2013 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 Udaipur.
Then followed all the organising, co-ordinating and all the other backroom stuff that makes assignments happen. Also the reading, researching that make photography happen.
- Strasbourg. A very pretty town with lots of churches.
Strasbourg, I found, was an old, very pretty city on the German-France border. Capital of the Alsace region of France. It’s ancient and medieval history, almost like a chessboard of political maneuvers between the Germans and the French. Though all the turbulent centuries however it not only survived, it became a remarkable town with cross cultural diversity, a very rich blend of multi-religious communities and a tradition for equality. No wonder then that present day Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament and the European Courts of Human Rights.
- The European Parliament building, Strasbourg
Soon all paperwork done. My camera, tripod and I were on our way to France…
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