Jodhpur’s Gardens and Cosmos

August 22, 2009

Posted by Ethereal

I have been dying to see the Gardens and Cosmos exhibition at The British Museum since it opened in May. On Wednesday, I finally got the chance to go with my beloved Art Fund card, provided by my short-lived subscription to The Times.

Death of Vali - Illustration from the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas (1532–1623) Jodhpur

Death of Vali - Illustration from the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas (1532–1623) Jodhpur

The artwork is taken from the royal collection at the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur, India. My love affair with Jodphur only began a few years ago. On my last flight to Mumbai, I stole the Jet airways in-flight magazine. It displayed photographs from Amit Pasricha‘s book, The Monumental India Book. Through his photography, Pasricha creates 360 degree landscapes by combining a series of images. Amazing and breathtaking, yet these words still cannot express the beauty of his work.

Amit Pasricha's panoramic photograph of Mehrangarh

Amit Pasricha's panoramic photograph of Mehrangarh Fort

I tried to find the above photograph everywhere but to no avail. In the end, I managed to piece it together via my scanner and Photoshop. I am fortunate enough to be travelling to India in November with my cousin sister for a mini adventure. The city of Jodhpur is numero uno on my list. I was sad to find out that I missed Pasricha’s own exhibition at the Belgravia Gallery last October.

The later half of the Gardens and Cosmos exhibition showcases around 20 of Maharaja Man Singh’s (1803-1843) 1000 paintings depicting his devotion to the Nath and Hatha yoga traditions.

If you cannot visit Jodhpur anytime soon, don’t miss the exhibition at the The British Museum, which runs until 11th October 2009.

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