Sakura by Sharad Haksar
Venue: Art Houz, Kasturi Rangan Road, Poes Garden, Chennai
Duration: 5–7 September
Sharad Haksar will be holding a photography exhibition surrounding the Japanese cherry blossom, known as sakura. The blooming of the sakura is an annual event that is much awaited by everyone in Japan, as it is considered a symbol for hope and new beginnings. Schools in Japan even synchronise their opening with the blooming of the flowers. The tradition of sakura gazing, cherished by citizens and tourists alike, is called Hanami.
“The cherry blossom has to be seen to be believed. It’s easily the most beautiful thing I’ve seen. It’s an ephemeral phenomenon. Lasts for just ten days but the ethereal impression it makes on the canvas of the mind is truly matchless. I travelled all the way to Tokyo, Kyoto, Miyajima, Nara, Kawaguchiko and Kamakura to capture the spellbinding charm of the blossoms in all its regal glory. The idea was to freeze for eternity the fleeting loveliness that leaves an entire country in raptures,” says Haksar.
There are over 200 varieties of cherry blossoms in Japan. The oldest known sakura tree is 1000 years old and most of them grow to a height of 25 feet to 50 feet with a canopy spreading up to 40 feet wide. Haksar undertook a 12-day trip to view and photograph the famed cherry blossom trees from a fresh perspective.
Koji Sugiyama, the Deputy Consul General of Japan in Chennai, will be inaugurating the exhibition on 5 September, at 7 pm. Haksar’s other work will also be on display at the exhibition. Visitors will be able to purchase signed limited edition prints starting from Rs. 7500.
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