Sneak-Peek Into The Embassies
At the ‘Galerie Romain Rolland’, Alliance Française de Delhi, New Delhi, Lalit Verma is showcasing his recent work, pictures of different embassies of the world based in India, for a book called ‘Delhi’s Diplomatic Domain: Chanceries and Residences of Chanakyapuri and Imperial New Delhi’. The book, written by Gladys Abankwa-Meier-Klodt and published by Full Circle is certainly picturesque. One World News, in a short conversation with Lalit Verma gets to know the idea behind the exhibition.
“The embassies and residences were given huge acres of land to build some kind of representative place for the people of India, to understand and experience their cultures. But the security concerns limited it to the chancellors, residents and invited guests. So, through this exhibition we have taken a step to represent all the beautiful pictures of all beautiful places, they have, and now it is accessible to whoever goes through or buys the book”, said Lalit Verma, President of Aurodhan, an art gallery in Pondicherry.
Wife of the senior diplomat of Germany, Gladys Abankwa-Meier-Klodt is behind the concept of this whole book. It was her idea to capture these embassies and write a book on it and as she had seen Lalit Verma’s work, she knew he was capable to pull off this prestigious project. “She chose me from all over India. I came here on her invitation. She already had access to lots of information which I would have required. Finally, we both worked together and got permission to shoot at most of the embassies. The most positive thing was that the embassies wanted us to showcase what they have in there”, says Lalit.
Talking about the exhibition, Lalit shared his experience of shooting with us, “These embassies are placed next to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Nowhere else would you find a surrounding where the embassies of the world are placed in one big diplomatic domain. Each embassy occupies five to thirty-five acres of land next to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It’s nothing less than an honour.
What was even more astonishing for me was to see how well the embassies have been maintained. Each one of it has an interesting feature like Slovakia has a cinema/theatre, Islam has a Mosque, Germany and France have huge green gardens, light halls, reception areas and Holysee has a church etc. in their embassies. Some ambassadors exhibit art shows for the guests which are amazing to witness. We are grateful that they welcomed us.”
He further adds that it is very difficult to compare one art of nature to another. “I got good light in the Sweden agency and best shots in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Sweden embassies. I enjoyed shooting on the staircase of Pakistan and the artwork of Poland was also very beautiful. So each one has something or the other to fascinate and surprise the on-lookers”, stated Lalit.
The exhibition is on till the 4th of June and one can visit between 10am to 8pm. For further details you can mail to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org