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Through the Beholder’s Eyes

Giridarshan Club exhibits photographs of the panoramic views that its trekkers have experienced on their trips.

How would the rest of humanity know the splendour of lush green plains witnessed from a snow-capped mountain,if somebody had not scaled the heights and photographed the experience for the rest of us? Giridarshan Club,a group for trekking and hiking enthusiasts that was established in 1994,has put up an exhibition of such rare experiences at Balgandharva Kaladalan from November 7 to 9.

“We will be displaying 91 panoramic views captured from in and around 250 forts in the state,” says Satish Marathe,a member of the club,who has contributed to the collection of photographs. “We have tried to document some huge structures such as cliffs and forts,and deemed a juxtaposition of pictures providing a panoramic view of the structures could do justice to the experiences we are trying to communicate,” Marathe adds.

Since its formation in 1994,the Giridarshan club has been conducting trekking trips to several destinations of historic value in the state. “We usually try to stress on the historical value of the places we visit. Most of our trekkers are from Pune and Mumbai and enjoy learning about history and Shivaji Mahararaj,who is an inspirational figure,” says Marathe,adding,“Since it is history that seems to inspire more trekkers,we have conducted treks to several forts in the state. There are 340,which would take a lifetime to visit.”

The exhibition hosts an array of photographs boasting of a slice of history served in the saucer of nature. “Apart from the destinations,the pictures lay considerable emphasis on the course,” says Marathe. He illustrates that while trekking from Rajgarh to Talna,one must pass through dense forests on a hilly route. “We have tried to capture the trip and some momentous occasions during the trek. The pictures can also give one a fair idea of the terrain and the route,” he says.

Marathe says the exhibition hosts an assortment of breathtaking views from pinnacles,like those of Wajir and Wanarlingi. “There are also pictures of locations that tourists often don’t visit but trekkers do,like the Kedarishwar cave temple in Harishchandragadh fort. We also have a collection of sunsets seen from Mawal and Rajgadh. Also,a few pictures from an exhibition on sea-forts we held about four years back,” he says.