A glimpse of the contribution made by the Indian soldiers during the First World War - one of the deadly wars fought in the history of mankind can be witnessed at exhibition – "India and the First World War" at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
This exhibition which was inaugurated on January 13, displays more than 60 objects and 100 photographs of India’s contribution in the First World War for the first time is open to public till February 13.
A world map where regions are marked where Indian soldiers participated in the war catches the visitor's eye right at the beginning of the show. Colourful posters encouraging Indians to lend gold, money for the war in regional languages provides a different perspective.
Organised in association with Roli Books, the French Embassy and IGNCA, the exhibition divided into sections like France, England , Germany, Mesopotamia and Middle East shows soldiers in action in these respective areas.
Paintings of gods and goddess drawn by soldiers stuck in the Prisoner of War camps are aesthetic while the utensils like 'Lota'(used for drinking water),'Thali' (dish) of different metals used by them are also at the display.
Medical Kit used by the Indian Medical Service, Military Motifs, card board boxes to keep watches, manual book for rules of shooting, badges of some Indian Corps and two Mess uniforms and turbans are also on display.
Dipali Khanna, Member Secretary, IGNCA says, "The Indian soldiers of World War I have not received the rightful share of acknowledgment or recognition of their valour as they fought under the British flag. Centenary is a right time to somewhat make amends.”
Every image at this exhibition speaks a thousands words as these images an important aspect displays several sides of the Indian soldiers.
The images of marching of soldiers, performance for entertainment by them, soldiers recapturing at Brigton Palace converted into a hospital,surgeons and nurses treating them and the Neuve Chappel Indian Memorial have a story to tell each.
One can easily calculate the number of horses and mulls which also participated in the war through an image where Indian troops decamp at a location.