A collection of over 50 art works is on display in the Capital
NEW DELHI: Significant moments of Indian history have been brought alive by Osian's Archive and Library Collection through an exhibition at Visual Arts Gallery here.
"An Historical Epic: India in the Making" that opened here on Wednesday is the first in a series of three path-breaking exhibitions that will be held throughout the year to commemorate 150 years of the first war of Independence in 1857. It features diverse art forms that offer knowledge of our cultural heritage and focuses on the advent of the Europeans in India and the political resistance offered by local rulers.
Besides showcasing aquatints, engravings, etchings, maps, plans, sculptures and paintings, the exhibition also displays antique photographs, books, oleographs, chromolithographs, song synopsis booklets and cinema posters.
Also on display is a collection of over 50 art works focusing on Tipu Sultan that includes a set of brilliant Robert Kerr Porter aquatints; a set of engravings of Henry Singleton; the famous painting depicting the last effort and fall of Tipu Sultan; and a courtier's headgear with zari work.
A complete section is dedicated to maps, coastal views and panoramas and the main highlights of this section are the "Panorama of the City of Dacca" and a large panoramic view of the Red Fort at Agra as seen from the Yamuna with six river barges in the foreground.
The "Mughal'' section's highlight is the beautiful set of 15 works by Company School depicting the stunning architecture of the Mughal era, as well as some of the rarest antiquarian photographs by masters such as J. Murray, Col. E. Impey, Burke & Baker, Henry Dixon and Samuel Bourns.
The exhibition also features a section focusing on the events in Punjab, during Ranjit Singh's time, Awadh and Bengal leading up to the 1850s. Highlights include the famous set by Emily Eden of the Punjab people and Sobha Singh's masterful portrait of Ranjit Singh.
Neville Tuli, Chairman of Osian's Connoisseurs of Art Private Limited, who has built up this collection of 250,000 works piece by piece, says: "I have collected each art work with a very clear objective of sensitising our public regarding the vast visual heritage and knowledge base we possess. Every platform of sharing strengthens the system." The exhibition is on up to March 23.