Frame by Frame: Tracing the Peak, Kailash and His Tales

The surreal geography of the Kailash Manasarovar region came to life in photographer Milan Moudgill’s first exhibition in the capital. Featuring 54 high-quality fine art prints, three panoramas – the largest being 4 x 20 feet – it follows in the footsteps of Swedish explorer Sven Hedin and Indian ascetic Swami Pranavananda, revisiting the way the sacred region of Tibet was introduced into geographical knowledge.

“I started this in 2002. My last trip to the sources of the Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Indus and Karnali rivers was in 2007… It’s only been six months since I started working seriously on the project with the idea to pull out an exposure,” shares Milan, who captured the north, south, west, and east faces of Kailash Peak. Explaining why he felt the need to “have unique views from different angles,” he says, “This n t is not something you can photograph from a pilgrimage route… The west face is only seen twice in the parikrama, the east face is not seen at all.

Milan Moudgill has a fun time with fashion designer Ritu Kumar at the opening of his first exhibition. (Photo: Manish Rajput/HT)

As part of this project, the sources of the Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej were visited in 2007 – 100 years after Sven Hedin, using his diaries, written accounts and maps from the archives of the Swedish National Library , their national archives and the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. “I am a graphic designer and all that was not at all my forte. I just had an idea and went for it. The most fascinating part was finding the Swami Pranavananda material. He’s written three books, but there’s nothing available until his archive box is found,” says Moudgill.

This permanent exhibition offers new perspectives on the summit. The galleries display unpublished archival documents of Swami Pranavananda. Milan has also captured a rare aspect of the region in winter, when the lakes are frozen. To explain this and more, there will be a gallery walk on August 5 and 6 at 5:30 p.m.

“I have heard of Kailash Mansarovar since childhood. I definitely want to go,” says Aanchal Singh, a Delhi-based student visiting the exhibit. Echoing similar sentiments, Deepika Sharma, a teacher who visited the opening of the show, said: “My parents made the trip and ever since then they have been mesmerized. I came to the exhibition to learn more about the area. The idea of ​​determining the actual sources of rivers is extremely fascinating.

Catch it live

What: Kailash-Mansarovar: A Photographic Journey

Where: Visual Arts Gallery and Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road

Until: August 9

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nearest Metro Station: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on the Purple Line

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    Naina Arora writes about City, Art and Culture of Gurugram, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City
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