Sounds and images of India and Tibet

16 Jun

Rubin Museum of Art staircase, New York

The opening of the exhibit “The World is Sound” at the Rubin was highly attended on Friday night, the entire museum being wired as a sound box. Navigating its spiral staircase you could travel through these amazing sounds, immersed in various themes as you go by. On its top floor, mantras and devotional chants were played as you touch walls that conceal inside ancient representation of Tibetan deities.

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, india – 1966

One floor lower you could hear the sounds but you are touched visually by the exhibit “India in Full Frame” by Henry Cartier-Bresson, one of the co-founders of Magnum. His amazing body of work was shot during five travels he had to do in India, in assignments for Life and Harper Bazaar magazines.

Khumb Mela in Allahabad, 1966

He started right after India got its independence, in 1948, being a witness to the dual sense refugee flow following the Partition, to Gandhi’s death with whom he had a meeting with just one hour before his assassination, as well as the passing of Ramana Maharishi.

Women in front of a mosque in Srinagar, India – 1948

Latter on he returned and there are incredible images from Khumb Mela in Allahabad and many from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, shot latter in the middle 60s.

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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