The Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, the Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad and the Department Of Culture, with the support of the French Embassy, are presenting Sacred Trees, a photo exhibition by German artist Deidi Von Schaewen, from 18th to 30th April, in Shilparamam.
Trees, as well as all plants, are believed to be "fathered by heaven, mothered by earth, with roots in the primeval cosmic ocean" (Charaka, 150 AD). Every kind of tree is supposed to be the home of the Divine. The Hindus, the Buddhist as well as the Jains consecrated certain trees to those deities that they specially venerate.
Tree worship is very old in India. It was and still is popularly believed that every tree has a tree-deity who is worshipped with circumambulations, prayers and offerings of flowers, sweetmeats etc. Trees are consulted as oracles, and credited with the power to grant children, fame and wealth. They are often garlanded and festooned with lights, and even married to other trees or to a woman in regular nuptial ceremonies.
After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts of Berlin, Deidi von Schaewen opted for photography. She immortalised the greatest among contemporary architects - from Ricardo Bofill to Frank Gehry, from Tadao Ando to Jean Nouvel. Tirelessly, she traveled the world on the look-out for the unexpected, architectural monuments disappearing behind veils or colorful materials, and Indian towers surrounded by bamboo structures seeming as fragile as unstable. This is a compilation from among those tours.
Please contact Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad at 2770-0734/2770-0736 or Goethe-Zentrum at 6652-6443/2324-1791 for further details.