As a tribute to the Indian soldiers to participated in the First world war, IGNCA(Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts),Rooli Books and Embassy of France have organised an exhibition titled India and the First World War. The exhibition is on since January 13 and will continue till February 10 at Twin Art Gallery, IGNCA.
This exhibition was inaugurated by Ravindra Singh and Francois Richier (Ambassador of France) in India to shed light on the bravery of those men who fought in alien territories. Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav presided as the guest of honour at the event.
At the inauguration Dipali Khanna, Member Secretary, IGNCA said “It’s been a hundred years since the great war happened, in which the millions of Indian people participated and lost their lives.
Pramod kapoor founder of Rooli Books first came with the idea about an year ago that the memories of Indian soldiers which have been left abroad should be brought home to the Indian public. He also said that the Indian soldiers of World War 1 have not been given the respect which they deserved, and this is the right time to give them their due.”
Pramod Kapoor also described his experience on curating this exhibition. He said this is the small tribute to seven lakh Indian soldiers and how the 7400 Indian men led their lives over the four years of the war. Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav said that this exhibition reminded him of old days. The gallery is displaying more than 60 objects and 100 photographs of India’s contribution in the First World War for the first time.
100 years old uniforms, items of personal use by the Indian troops and letters written by the soldiers during the war. The photographs at the exhibition capture some untold stories of the Indians such as Sikh soldiers carry Guru Granth Sahib on their head, in a foreign land where they had no Gurudwaras.
The source of the images in the exhibition are Imperial War Museum, British Library London, French Military Archives and Flendersy Museum Belgium.
The objects were sourced from just one person Dominique Faivre, who had been collecting these objects of the Indian Soldiers from past thirty forty years. The exhibition also has sound recordings and silent movies of the Indian soldiers made between 1914-1918 for the viewers. It is also been held to tell the youth and children about the sacrifices and bravery of Indian soldiers. Rooli Books have also published books which are related to Indian army.