Through September 2, 2018
UChicago Center in Delhi
The ‘Photo-Exhibition on Stepwells and Reservoirs’ is a travelling exhibition funded by GRUH finance limited, Ahmedabad, that focuses on a unique architectural form, that of the stepped well, that is, a well with a flight of stairs attached to it, evolved in the Western parts of India, especially in Gujarat and Rajasthan that have sandy soil and scanty rainfall. Photographs of such stepwells and other forms of reservoirs of water in Gujarat, which are our precious architectural heritage, are being exhibited in this Exhibition; at the same time, the exhibition aims to make the visitors conscious about the sad neglect of many of these ancient water harvesting structures.
The fact that hundreds of stepwells were excavated tells us about the amount of water that was available in past centuries, and how early engineers solved the problems posed by the loose, sandy soil. This exhibition also displays some large stepwells such as Ranki Vav, Patan and Rudadevi Vav, Adalaj, which must have been full of water in their time long years ago and served as a major unit of water-resource management systems of the ancient times. Many of these are now overgrown with weeds, and are used as refuse dumps. We show this disturbing reality, and hope that their present conditions will alert the citizens to the problems caused because of collapse of traditional water management systems, and the ways will be found to keep these structures well maintained and the environment clean.
The Exhibition will travel in six cities of Gujarat including Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Rajkot and Junagarh, as well as in Delhi, between 1st September, 2018 to 8th October, 2018.