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the exhibition was not initially conceived with any of the story but any work on Ganga, from any perspective in its present condition cannot avoid dwelling on the dichotomy of its veneration and abuse. We need to take on the responsibility for it. There is an intrinsic link between culture, environment, and life, says Shakeel Hossain, the curator of the exhibition. An architect and urban designer, Hossain is presently a consultant to the canada goose outlet miami Agha Khan Trust for Culture.

The exhibition begins with the different theories on the origin of the river, all associated with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and how those narratives have been interpreted and expressed in works down the eras. It then goes on to explore the theme of her descent to earth, canada goose jacket uk her role as nurturer and mother and the cultural and popular manifestations of the belief in the Ganga as the goddess of purity and salvation. The final section addresses how we are polluting the very river that we worship.

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canada goose uk shop conceived of the canada goose outlet nyc exhibition about 30 years ago for the Festival of India at Leningrad. It did not materialise then. The exhibition concept was inspired by a travelogue by Eric Newby Slowly Down the Ganges. The Ganga as an icon of India provided an all encompassing canvas to present the myths, history, culture and art of the country, says Hossain, who has curated the show with Tara Sharma. canada goose uk shop

From the time that he proposed the idea to the National Museum, Hossain says it took him two years to put it all together. crafts, rituals and practices along the Ganga canada goose parka outlet uk and associated with Ganga were researched and documented. Once the exhibition narratives got firmed up we started researching for objects in various museums which complement the narrative and commissioning new objects where required, he explains.

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Putting together an exhibition of this magnitude couldn have been without its challenges. are no catalogued listings of objects in the Museum collection research from every other source was explored to identify the exhibits, make the selection and acquire approval to display them. The curatorial structure required additional works of art, which needed to be canada goose outlet phone number commissioned, to complete the narrative. Besides illustrating Ganga in puranas and epic narratives, they present living traditions associated with Ganga, says Hossain.

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canada goose Even after all the planning and hard work put in, the exhibition is less than what he had envisioned, says Hossain, primarily because of a funds crunch. project was curated as a year long cultural festival celebrating the Ganga, with activities ranging from concerts, film screenings, art workshops, international conference, publications, etc. All had to be grounded because it got no funds, he says. had to decide whether to cancel the exhibition at the National Museum or put it up with personal funds. Could not waste two years of work so did whatever I could afford to put together. What you see now is just half of what was envisioned and prepared. In the beginning, the National Mission for Clean Ganga had promised the funds required, but it did not come through. The Ministry of Culture also could not allot any funds for it. original plan had been to take the exhibition to major cities along the Ganga. But with no funds for that, Hossain is unclear about whether that can be achieved canada goose.