A photo exhibition entitled “Buddhist ruins and heritage” opened in Hanoi on July 17, which was organised by the Indian Cultural Centre under the Indian Embassy in Vietnam.
The exhibition features 70 photos captured by Indian photographer, film maker and art historian Benoy K Behl.
It provides an overall perspective of monuments and art heritage of Buddhism from the earliest time and also takes the audience on a visual pilgrimage throughout the life of the Buddha: from his birthplace, enlightenment, first sermon and final renunciation.
On display are photographs taken in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Buryatia (Siberia) and Kalmykia (Russia), China, Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia.
Benoy K Behl has taken over 35,000 photographs of Asian monuments and cultural heritage. He also directed more than 100 documentaries on art history and his exhibitions have been warmly received in 28 countries around the world.
He is well-known for his extremely sensitive photography of Buddhist art which provides a deep insight into the gentle and compassionate message of the art.
The exhibition runs until July 28 with free admission at the Indian Cultural Centre at 63 Tran Hung Dao street, Hanoi.