‘Kailash Mansarovar’, a photography exhibition by Milan Moudgill, has stunning large-format pictures, supplemented with archival images and material, and supplementary text, presenting never-seen-before aspects of the Kailash region. It revisits how Tibet was ‘discovered’ through the exploration of Sven Hedin, which was later sharpened through Swami Pranavananda’s critical examination of Hedin’s evidence. As part of the project, the sources of the Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej were visited in 2007, a full 100 years after Sven Hedin did, using his journals, written accounts and maps accessed from the archive of the Swedish National Library and National Archive, as well as the Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm. The project is rooted in travelogue-photography, but uses archival material of these two visitors, to juxtapose the ‘now’ against the ‘then’, painting the colourful story of the history of the geography of the Kailash-Manasarovar area.
When: 31 July to 9 August
Where: Visual Arts Gallery
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