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OUR ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

An Exhibition of Photographs by Anil Dave

3rd Nov.1998 - 21st Nov.1998

Matighar, IGNCA

 

Balcony with Coloured Glass Devalia, Gujrat

Our Architectural Heritage is an exhibition of Photographs by Anil Dave who has captured the images of beautiful intriguing old houses of India where people are still live.  Each photograph is a story of love, care and passion, of refined taste and architectural beauty. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is interested in the collection not only for the dynamic and enormous potential of the art of photography but for the content of the photographs which is a documentation reflecting the Centre's concern on Space (Akasa), Form (Akara) and the architectural elements in the houses people have built, to inhabit. These give us an insight into the lives and times of different regions. The rich variations of landscape and climate, the influences of conquerors and colonists, the home building choices, whether of forest dwellers or of urban sophisticates, architectures in India has been, to quote a world famous author "the great book of humanity, the chief expression of man in his various stage of development."

Unfortunately, much of this invaluable part of our heritage is being demolished or altered, under a range of pressures, rising real estate prices, changing commercial priorities, often a meaningless craze to appear modern.

Before much of this is lost it is necessary to record atleast a little of this treasure. Anil Dave's camera has wandered across the country, to look beyond the magnificence of marble and the polished gleam of wood, to catch glimpses of the past, both remote and recent.

The soaring devoutness of Chola kings, the dreams of Mughal emperors and colonial traders, the perceptions of Ratwa village fold and Toda tribe; all these and more, are brought together. Through Anil Dave's photographs we learn and understand a little more about ourselves.

Toda Tribal Temple - Ooty, Tamilnadu

 

Anil Dave born in Gujarat, grew up in Mumbai working with cars and cameras. Since 1974, he has been associated with leading advertising agencies and graphic designers, taking on challenging assignments.

His concern and passion for India's heritage took him to remote places all over the country, where the photographed old houses. Dave carefully planned the documentation of these houses which would soon become the story of the past.

 


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