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Viewer’s choice: Chaturvedi’s photographs of the Narmada possess an element of abstract art in them.
Viewer’s choice: Chaturvedi’s photographs of the Narmada possess an element of abstract art in them.

Special Correspondent

How geo-scientist Ram Kumar Chaturvedi views the Narmada

MYSORE: The ancient Narmada which winds its way through the marble rocks and rough terrain of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh has left an indelible impression on artists, naturalists and pilgrims seeking spiritual solace, for centuries.

The river has been captured in myriad forms by photographers and artists who have been inspired by the Narmada during the course of its flow from Amarakantak to the Arabian Sea.

The “Narmada – beauty of forms, abstraction and geology”, an exhibition of photographs by Ram Kumar Chaturvedi brings out this aspect in all its surreal beauty. A renowned geo-scientist of India and a keen photographer, Mr. Chaturvedi has published many papers on the tectonics of Narmada Valley. The area has now appealed to him as a photographer.

For centuries, people have gone around the holy Narmada on pilgrimage while naturalists have explored the river valley. The area around Jabalpur is considered a geological museum where rocks of different geological periods exist, such as the Mahakoshala group of rocks, Madan Mahal granite, Vindhyans, Gondwana and Deccan Traps.

In the photographs on display, the geologist in Chaturvedi recognises the rock type, its geological history, mineral assemblage and structures, and explains them through his photographs.

The artist in him captures the abstract forms developed as a result of river erosion. Mr. Chaturvedi, who is now settled in Bhopal, has practised photography for decades.

The exhibition is on display at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Wellington House, Irwin Road.




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