With the idea of capturing all historical gurdwaras within one-and-half-hour radius of Chandigarh, 27-year-old Manveen Anand, a chief officer in the Merchant Navy has put up an exhibition of 30 of his photographs at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16. About the concept, he informs, “I had been thinking about it for a while.
The idea was to give everyone visiting Punjab a guide to all gurdwaras, so that they learn about our rich heritage and culture.”
But capturing lesser known gurdwaras — such as Guru Ka Lahore (near Anandpur Sahib, where Sri Guru Gobind Singh got married), Gurdwara Sehra Sahib (on top of a hillock near Bassi) — was no mean feat, says he. “I drove around a lot and captured 50 gurdwaras on my DSLR, which took me six months. Out of those 50, I shortlisted 30, including Harmandir Sahib. Now, I know the Golden Temple is not in the vicinity of Chandigarh, but without it the book would have been incomplete.”
A professional photographer for the past five years, Manveen gives his take on art by saying, “Art for me is anything that is unadulterated. But, it pains me to see that everything except art is gaining prominence these days. That’s the reason why, this being my second solo and fourth exhibition in general, I did not approach any sponsors.”
One of the most eye-catching photographs was that of gurdwara Nada Sahib, about which he says, “With experience, I have changed the style of my photography. Earlier, I used to do 100 random clicks and then chose one. Now, I know what I want for my series. For the Nada Sahib picture, I waited for about an hour, since I knew the angle I wanted.” History in Pictures is on till tomorrow.