Punjab’s rural heritage captured on camera by NRI

A Canada-based NRI,Daljit Kaur,has given an uncommon look to some very common domestic sights of rural Punjab through her camera.

Written by SHIKHA SALARIA | Chandigarh | Published: April 11, 2013 2:04 am

A Canada-based NRI,Daljit Kaur,has given an uncommon look to some very common domestic sights of rural Punjab through her camera. A collection of photographs and installations of scenes including mud houses with cowdung cakes stuck on them,wooden doors,niches,fireplaces and scarecrows which are slowly vanishing even from the villages nowadays,are on display at an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts,Panjab University (PU) .

Marking the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Department of Fine Arts,PU,the five-day exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Saroj Chaman,former chairperson of Kala Bhawan,Department of Fine Arts,Punjabi University,Patiala. The exhibition titled ‘Woh kaagaz ki kashti’ has on display a host of installations,like brass utensils,including glasses and water pitchers,winnowing trays and Phulkari bedsheets unique to ethnic Punjabi culture.

“Although there is a lot of hue and cry over the need to preserve our culture,we tend to forget that culture lies in the grassroots and we need to pay attention to our heritage,” said Daljit Kaur. She further described the exhibition as an attempt to bring alive the memories of her past on paper.

Dr Tirthankar Bhattacharya,the curator of the collection said,“Daljit has brought alive a great combination of contemporary and traditional art through her photographs. Anybody visiting the exhibition will be reminded of his village and the memories of one’ s childhood days spent there.

Calling for restoration of the 300-year-old monument,Quila Mubarak,situated in Patiala,Tirthankar further added,“The Quila Mubarak is a one-of-its-kind monument and it is highly unfortunate that we are on the verge of losing it. While there is an urgent need for attention by the authorities towards restoration of this precious monument,I urge common people to come forward for the same”. The exhibition will continue till April 15.

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