The city of dreams has fascinated photographers for centuries, and a recent exhibition showcases its diverse representations, from an artist’s impression of the city to 200-year-old prints. Titled Bombahia, Bombay & Mumbai, the exhibition will showcase 32 images by photographers Jehangir Sorabjee, Arun Kumar, Vish Mishra and Vishal Bhende.
While Kumar is a painter and photographer, Sorabjee is a Mumbai-based physician for whom photography is a serious hobby, Mishra is the son of a sugarcane juice vendor who photographs the world around him in a different way and Bhende has been an Adobe-certified expert and instructor.
The exhibition has been curated by Jagdish Agarwal that features old and contemporary photographs of locations across Mumbai. Agarwal says, “The idea originated from planning a photography exhibition to depict how the city looked 200 years ago, 100 years ago and today; or during the 18th century, 19th century and 20th century. Bombahia in Portuguese means beautiful bay.”
He adds that Sorabjee shows the city from above while Vishal Bhende gives a 180 degrees view of the same place and Arun Kumar takes a photograph and paints on it. “The city was and is still beautiful. But photographs do not lie. The viewer can see the change,” states Agarwal.
The exhibition covers old photographs from eight locations: Apollo Bunder, Kala Ghoda, Flora Fountain, Churchgate, Horniman Circle, Victoria Terminus, Chowpatty and Banganga. The photographers took over six months to capture these locations in present times. “There are many old and beautiful photographs on display as well. The show is striking because the same spot is seen from above, a bird’s-eye view, from the ground, a 180-degree-view, and from the eyes of a painter,” says Agarwal.
Bombayphiles can preserve a slice of the city, for Rs 1,000 each (per print).
An ode to Kolkata
Colours of Life is an exhibition of artworks by two young contemporary artists — Purnendu Mandal and his wife Reba Mandal. Purnendu works with oil and acrylic colours on canvas and narrates colourful facets of the journey of Kolkata in different arenas and seasons.
His work includes dark and light illumination effects to highlight the shade and light visual panorama of trams from morning to night in different seasons. It also illustrates morning and night-time in Kolkata, the cityscape after the showers, rickshaw pullers, life in the city and the villages.