A photo exhibition dubbed ‘Ki Jingkynmaw – Kynmo Tympang – Gisik Ra∙ani’, celebrating the Meghalaya’s 51st Statehood Day was opened to the general public today and will run until January 21 at the U Soso Tham Auditorium premises here.
The exhibition has been coordinated as an effort to showcase the materials that are part of an audio visual heritage collected from across Meghalaya as a reminder of the rich history and legacy in the Khasi, Jaiñtia and Garo Hills and the importance of preserving them.
The exhibition is also a portal through which one can look back into Meghalaya’s past before it became a full-fledged state. Photographs are displayed on vitrine boards and glass cases.
The categories of photographs include family photographs, Roger Bilham’s photograph collection of the Great Assam Earthquake, Ahmed Hossain’s photographs of ‘Iew Smit’, and of ‘Ka Rongbiria’ or ‘Siat Tiem’, Aly Shadap’s portraits and landscape photographs of Meghalaya, handpicked postcards of Meghalaya printed between the late 1800s and early 1900s, both in Europe and India, a section wherein photographs were displayed through a legacy photo medium called transparency slides, old and rare books printed in Meghalaya, and more.