A sunny Wednesday afternoon saw the department of art history & visual arts at Panjab University, Chandigarh, exhibiting 55 photographs that capture Punjab in myriad forms. From mud houses to grand darwazas of the Mughal times and the good-old chulha, the pictures taken by Daljit Kaur instantly remind you of rural Punjab and its unique livelihood.
The exhibition, titled Woh Kaagaz Ki Kashti, also includes installations of traditional artifacts such as Baan di Kursi.
Daljit belongs to Fatehpur Manian Wala in Muktsar and did master’s in fine arts from Punjabi University, Patiala, before moving to Canada where she is now based. Talking about her maiden photography exhibition, she says, “Two years ago when I visited Punjab, I captured various elements in my camera (an FZ 100 Pentax). It was some months ago that I decided to put up an exhibition, especially because I am deeply attached to the rural culture of Punjab to which I owe my origins.’
Through the exhibition, Daljit says she has attempted to create an authentic ambience of the state.