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Window to the Himalayas, NEW!


BRITTANY SEARLE


Launched at the Siddhartha Art Gallery last Sunday, 'Window to the Himalayas' tells the story of the sacred Himalayan landscape through a variety of breathtaking images presented by the WWF.

Spanning three floors, 'Window to the Himalayas' doesn't just focus on the raw beauty of the mountains, instead it offers audiences an informative visual experience that addresses the challenges faced by the delicate Himalayan eco-system.

The exhibition opens with an introduction to life in the Himalayas with pictures that capture the beauty of the sacred mountains, the types of flora and fauna unique to the Himalayan landscape and the people of the mountain whose religion, culture and lifestyle are intertwined with the land.

While the first and second floors feature both majestic and confronting images, the most unique aspect of the exhibition is found on the third floor, where photographs capture the way local people have come together with the WWF to save the land they both love and depend on.

The exhibit acts as a reminder that the sacred landscape is more than just a tourist destination but home to people and wildlife that have been affected by climate change, over grazing, tourism and poaching.

Pictures showing Mother's Groups burning waste left behind by pilgrims, communities embracing hydroelectricity and water-smart farming initiatives provide viewers with a stark realisation that the future of the Himalayas is dependent on the support of its local communities.

Farmer's schools and various conversation boards set up by the WWF also appear in images that not only illustrate the importance of local people to the preservation of the Himalayas but highlight the way they value their homes and the land they revere.

WWF Program Manager of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape, Roshan Serchan believes that awareness is one of the primary reasons an exhibit of this nature is important. "The idea of the exhibition is to show the uniqueness and importance of the Himalayan landscape," he said.

The last image in the exhibition is a call to action featuring a banner that reads, " Stop Climate Change, Let the Himalayas Live", that aims to empower viewers and reiterate the message that they too can do their part to save the scared Himalayan landscape.

'Window to the Himalayas' will be featured at the Siddharta Art gallery until Sunday and is an ideal way to educate children about environmental challenges and the ways they can help preserve the scared landscape for generations to come.



1. Freny Tayebjee

Great article Brittany

Cheers

Freny



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