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October 09, 2015

A Kashmiri Wonderland

Text by Huzan Tata

Visit the crown of India through a show of photographs and videos in Mumbai

In the 1970s and ’80s, the land was a hotspot for film shoots, with directors wanting to capture its arresting landscapes and gorgeous vistas on celluloid. But Kashmir, known as the ‘crown of India’ is more than just a pretty locale.

Two artistes, Amit Mehra and Veer Munshi, an outsider and an exiled native respectively, have attempted to capture the ‘real’ Kashmir, for viewers to experience the contrasting beauty and pain that the land has been a great example of. Through Kashmir: Insider/Outsider, a show of videographic and photographic artworks, the duo brings to life the land’s socio-political and cultural situations, against the stark beauty of the state. As Emperor Jehangir once said, ‘If there is paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this’.

Artist Profiles

Amit Mehra Delhi-based, he has visited Kashmir over 25 times between 2006 and ’11. His works focus on landscapes and streetscapes, trying to capture the sense of fragile peace the places stand for.   

Veer Munshi For the Srinagar-born artist, themes of exile and displacement remain an important part of his works. His photographs depict the once-grand homes of the Kashmiri Pandits, that are now in dilapidated conditions. Munshi lives and works in Delhi.

Kashmir: Insider/Outsider is on display at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (6/19, Grants Building, 2nd Floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba) until October 17, 2015.

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