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Exclusive: Photo Exhibition Documents Japan’s Sacred places and Pilgrimages in New Delhi

India & Japan Celebrate 50 Years of Cultural Relationship With The Exhibition

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A woman looking at the photographs at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi
  • It showcases natural and cultural heritages in Japan which were added to world heritage list of the UNESCO 
  • The photo display of heritage sites are from Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Shimane, and Tokyo
  • The photographs are of the spiritual sites such as temples and shrines of Japan

June 26, 2017:

Little Adya is very much interested in learning about art and culture of Japan and wants to know a whole lot about it. So she forced her parents to take her to visit the Photo Exhibition which is being held at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi. Upon entering the photo gallery, Not just her, but her parents too were happy to give in to the wishes of the little one and find it informative and insightful.

The ongoing exhibition at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi includes the photographic collection of a famous Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi and showcases natural and cultural heritages in Japan which were added to world heritage list of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

The photo display of heritage sites is from Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Shimane, and Tokyo. The photographs are of the spiritual sites such as temples of Japan such as the Horyo-ji Temple in Nara which was built in 607 AD by Shotoku Taishi (Politician from the Asuka period), Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto which was built by Emperor Shomu and Gyoki (a Buddhist of Nara period) and Ryoan-Ji Temple in Kyoto which was built in 1450 by Katsumoto Hosokawa and Shrines such as Kauga-taisha shrine in Nara which was built in 768 and Ujigami-jinja Shrine in Kyoto.

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The program coordinator at Japan Foundation, Ms Shalini Bisht said to NewsGram, “We have already hosted an exhibition on world heritage sites two years ago and this time we have taken only the sacred places and pilgrimages which are temples and shrines of Japan which are famous and categorized by UNESCO.”

Photo Exhibition at Japan Foundation in New Delhi

“This year is special for the celebration of 50 years of cultural relationship between India and Japan and there is a correlation between the culture of Japan and India. There are a lot of common elements in the way the Japanese and the Indian people worship and there are lot of deities from India but they have a different way of worshipping them in Japan and to bring that correlation of religion and worship, we thought we would bring this world heritage site exhibition in Japan foundation focusing on sacred places” said Ms Shalini.

She also added, “through this exhibition, I understood a lot about the ways of worship, how and when the shrines were built. I got to learn more about the comparative aspect of Indian religion and Japanese religion.”

– reported by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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Gallery Dedicated for Disabled Indian Artists gets Inaugurated at UNESCO House

Enabling the participation of persons with disabilities in artistic and cultural life is a key priority for UNESCO

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To honour the talent of artists with disability, the first edition of 'Discovering Ability' art awards was also organised by Youth4Jobs Foundation, with UNESCO and HSBC. Wikimedia Commons

As part of an inclusive initiative, a temporary art gallery titled ‘Not Just Art’, dedicated to Indian artists with disabilities, was inaugurated by union minister G. Kishan Reddy at UNESCO Cluster House here on Monday.

The unique gallery has over 125 paintings done by disabled artists across 15 Indian states, and showcases their amazing talent with colour and form.

It will be open for public viewing on November 5-7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., UNESCO said.

To honour the talent of artists with disability, the first edition of ‘Discovering Ability’ art awards was also organised by Youth4Jobs Foundation, with UNESCO and HSBC.

The award celebrates the artistic abilities of persons with disability, who have hitherto remained a largely unrecognised talent pool.

The artists were awarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000. They are Amrit Khurana and Rohit Anand, both autistic artists; Mallika Khaneja, an artist affected by cerebral palsy; Y. Raghavendran, an artist with speech and hearing impairment; Niral Hareshbhai Swati, an artist with intellectual disability; Mohammed Yasar who participated in the Paralympic Art World Cup in 2019; and Durgesh Kumar Rathore, an artist with dyslexia and bibliophobia.

“Enabling the participation of persons with disabilities in artistic and cultural life is a key priority for UNESCO. (The initiative adds to) disability-focused interventions in India. It signals our commitment to empower persons with disabilities to become both mainstream consumers and producers of art forms.,” Eric Falt, UNESCO Director, New Delhi said.

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As part of an inclusive initiative, a temporary art gallery titled ‘Not Just Art’, dedicated to Indian artists with disabilities, was inaugurated by union minister G. Kishan Reddy at UNESCO Cluster House. Pixabay

“If it’s the tag of just an artist, it would hardly get noticed. If we say disabled artist, people will still sit up and take notice. The awards feels like a great recognition,” Aarti Khurana, the mother of an autistic artist Amrit Khurana told IANS.

The jury was a panel of three eminent judges from the Department of Fine Arts, Sarojini Naidu College of Arts and Communication, Hyderabad, UNESCO said.

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As per Youth4Jobs head Meera Shenoy, said the initiative will also help artists develop market linkages, and they will continue to sell art online and through museums under the ‘Not Just Art’ platform. (IANS)