This exhibition explores the perception of space – human interactions, behaviour and discovery – across the Indian subcontinent from the 15th Century to the early 20th Century. Presented herewith is a juxtaposition of Indian traditional notions of space-time and cosmology with the almost contemporaneous emergence of western mapping. The thematic structure of the exhibition traverses ‘Early Conceptions’ of cosmology and the western discovery of the Indian sub-continent; an insight to Movement – traditional pilgrimage narratives alongside scientific representation of transport modes; representations of Conflict; Place geographies – both local and regional; and finally the construction of India as a unified entity which survives to this day. This is probably the first time that such a comparative discourse of Indian and Western, and, Cosmological and Cartographic traditions have been thematically blended towards a deeper understanding of a uniquely Indian space-time duality.
This exhibition is based on an earlier version of the show titled Cosmology to Cartography : The Journey of Indian Maps was shown at National Museum in 2015 and was curated by Vivek Nanda and Alexander Johnson.