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Celebrating world photography day the Minister of State (Home), Kiren Rijiju inaugurated an exhibition of vintage camera collection of Dilish Parekh and select original prints by Henri Cartier Bresson at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). S Paul, renowned photographic artiste was the Guest of Honour. These cameras are being exhibited in Delhi for the first time. The exhibition, A Vintage Camera Collection, is open from 19 to 20 August.

Rijiju in his address pointed out the role photographs play in narrating history. He also expressed his happiness that the world record holder in camera collection is an Indian.

A second exhibition, Drawn From Light: Early Photography and the Indian Sub-Continent, an exhibition of vintage photographs from the collection of Alkazi Foundation for the Arts was inaugurated by Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture at IGNCA today.

Drawn From Light: Early Photography and the Indian Sub-Continent organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in collaboration with the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts presents for the first time in India one of the rarest collections of the earliest photographs from South Asia.

Approximately 220 original photographs from the mid-19th to early 20th century are on display. The exhibition has been curated by Rahaab Allana in association with Beth Citron (Rubin Museum) and Davy Depelchin (Fine Arts Museum, Brussels). The exhibition is open till 30 September.

Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture said, ‘It gives me immense pleasure to associate myself with this exhibition. This by far has been one of the finest works on the South Asian continent that IGNCA has bring forth for the Indian art connoisseurs. The splendid work on India and other South Asian countries depicts the cultural and demographic co-relation that existed in themid-19th to early 20thcentury.’

The exhibition has put on view more than 220 original photographs from the mid-19th to early 20th century from India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Nepal. ‘Drawn From Light’ showcases the rich tradition of both portrait and landscape photography. It has also put on show the vintage and rare works through a display of early wax paper negatives, albumen prints and postcards.

Commenting on the occasion, Rahaab Allana said, ‘The exhibition features the syncretic culture of the earliest of photography in South Asia. The areas investigated through the archival material looks at notions of identity, secularism, citizenship and a globalized view of South Asian heritage’.

The exhibition also showcases first ever photographs taken of the Taj Mahal and Vijayanagara. There is also a ‘Live Studio Backdrop’, which gives the viewers an opportunity to take portraits with authentic regional painted backdrops.

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