(Sri Lanka): An exhibition titled 'Islamic Monuments of
India’, exemplifying the vast Islamic architectural structures
spread across India was inaugurated by Sri Lanka Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem, and High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha at J D A
Perera Gallery, Colombo.
The exhibition provides glimpses of the regional styles of Islamic
architecture from Kerala, in the south of India to Kashmir in the
north, and from Tripura in the east and Gujarat in the west.
Minister Hakeem appreciated the High Commission’s initiative to
bring the exhibition to Sri Lanka, which he said would help in
creating greater understanding in Sri Lanka about the long history
of Islam in India, its architectural beauty and its vividness.
The minister pointed out the diverse cultural elements in India
and the role Islam played in making it robust.
Kantha highlighted the spread of Islamic heritage in India from
the 7th century AD and its role in creating a syncretic culture,
combining elements of local traditions, resulting in a rich
Dr. Neeru Misra, the curator, conceived the exhibition to give
viewers a sense of styles in architecture developed during the
various monarchies and has selected photographs depicting
different styles of architecture such as Shargi style of Jaunpur,
Deccan style of Bijapur and Golconda, the Malwa style, and the
imperial architecture of the Moguls.
Benoy K. Behl, (film maker,
artist and photographer) and Abhinav Atris, (photo journalist)
have documented many architectural monuments such as Agra Fort in
Uttar Pradesh, Ziarat of Shah Hamdan in Srinagar, Kashmir, Gol
Gumbaz in Bijapur, Karnataka, Tomb of Sher Shah Suri in Bihar,
Jami Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat, Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad,
Maharashtra and the marvellous Taj Mahal.
The exhibition will continue till
February 13 from 11am to 7pm. It is open to the public.